In The Know v 2.04 Hodgepodge

On January 27, 2011, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, The Go/The-Know, by John Sumser
In The Know v 2.04 Hodgepodge

This week’s five links are a collection of cats, dogs and a chicken.

We’re working in a time of extreme social change. It’s really hard to tell the difference between noise and information. Even honesty and integrity are hard to fathom.

In this sort of climate, people search desperately for a box to fit into. Certainty and absolutes, even if they roll off the tongues of idiots, are regular substitutes for the harder to swallow truths of ambiguity and hard choices. Each of thes five pieces point to an important trend that is changing the face of our shared reality.

  • The 5 Dumbest Management Concepts of All Time (hat tip: Julian Seery Gude)
    Coming in at number 3 …. Human Resources.
    “What better way to let people know that they’re expendable commodities than calling them “resources”? Indeed, the entire concept of HR is designed to make the process of dealing with real live people as bloodless as dealing with electricity or shipments of iron ore.”
  • The Gospel of Gaming
    A review of a book on the creeping (and important) influence of gaming on personal productivity and transformation. We’re seeing internal competitions for wellness and workflow in small, agile organizations. It’s just a question of time before it hits the bigs.
    “To me, even the two hours a day most gamers spend on computer games – in apparently escapist activities, disengaged from the real world – is almost inconceivable. Yet the more I read of Jane McGonigal’s Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, the clearer it becomes: I may not own a games console, or spend time sat in front of a screen playing shoot ’em ups, but I am nonetheless constantly playing games in my daily life. What’s more, they don’t distract me from reality, they make it better.”
  • Are we overconnected?
    The book eveyone will be reading this year? Overconnected: The Promise and Threat of the Internet by Bill Davidow.
    For Davidow, technology transforms society in a Goldilocks way. Too few connections and things just plug along. Too many connections and it feels like the world is flying apart; the situatiion is inherently unstable. Just the right amount of connection and the transformation happens.
  • The Corporate Learning Factbook 2011: Benchmarks, Trends and Analysis of the U.S. Training Market
    Bersin and Associates is the premier source for information about best practices and the constant evolution of the HR Market. Here’s the executive summary.
    “The Corporate Learning Factbook 2011 is the U.S. training industry’s most complete and comprehensive study of corporate training budgets, spending, delivery volumes, staffing, and trends. In addition to facts and statistics, this annual report contains extensive market analysis as well as guidelines on the use of this information for benchmarking your own organization with the study findings.”
  • Fried Chicken – Seen around the web:
    Our teacher asked us what our favorite animal was, and I said, “Fried chicken.”
    She said I wasn’t funny, but she couldn’t have been right, because everyone else in the class laughed. My parents told me to always be truthful and honest, and I am. Fried chicken is my favorite animal.
    I told my dad what happened, and he said my teacher was probably a member of PETA. He said they love animals very much. I do, too. Especially chicken, pork and beef.
    Anyway, my teacher sent me to the principal’s office. I told him what happened, and he laughed, too. Then he told me not to do it again.
    The next day in class my teacher asked me what my favorite live animal was. I told her it was chicken. She asked me why, just like she’d asked the other children. So I told her it was because you could make them into fried chicken.
    She sent me back to the principal’s office again.
    He laughed, and told me not to do it again.
    I don’t understand. My parents taught me to be honest, but my teacher doesn’t like it when I am.
    Today, my teacher asked us to tell her what famous person we admire most. I told her, “Colonel Sanders.” Guess where I am now…

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