Maybe the Ignorant Have the Best HR Answers

Paul Hebert Change Management, Good HR, HR, Influence, Innovation, Paul Hebert, The FOT Soap Box, The HR Profession

I am ignorant. I’m not stupid.  I’m not slow.  I’m just ignorant. I’m ignorant of what HR practitioners go through every day.  I don’t know what they hear from their bosses.  I don’t know what they hear from their direct reports.  I don’t know what they hear from other employees. I do know what I hear from my HR buddies.  …

Keep Your Pants On…

John Whitaker HR (& Life!) Advice, John Whitaker

Anthony, Anthony, Anthony….you twit. Your entire life, you work to achieve a position of stature and influence, overcoming what had to be a tough playground experience as a child, only to betray yourself in the most ironic of ways considering your surname. TWICE. Weiner is certainly not the first powerful man to succumb to the temptations of the flesh -hell, even now he’s sharing the spotlight …

What Job Does HR Really Do?

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Change, HR, HR & Marketing, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Retention

I just finished reading Clayton Christensen’s newest book call “How Will You Measure Your Life” (my money quotes from the book can be found here.)  In that book he reintroduced one of his marketing concepts called “jobs-to-be-done.”  Originally discussed by Christensen in the context of how consumers decide on products, Christensen posited that customers don’t buy products so much as they “hire” a product to …

Crowd Sourcing Performance Reviews

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Career Paths, Employee Coaching, Employee Relations, HR, Paul Hebert, Performance

I am a big fan of crowd sourcing.  Ever since I read Surowiecki’s book “The Wisdom of Crowds” I’ve tried to incorporate larger, more diverse groups into my normal process for solving problems.  I’d say in most cases it works pretty well. For those of you unfamiliar with crowd sourcing (or using the wisdom of the crowd) it is: the …

Why Your Company Wants SLOP…

Paul Hebert Candidate Pool, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Paul Hebert, Recruiting, Retention, Sourcing, The HR Profession, War for Talent

Statistical analysis, usually, seeks to draw conclusions about a population by using a sample that represents that population.  It’s easier to do the math and analysis on 700 people than say, 7 billion people.  Through some complicated math on the sample we can feel confident (given a range of error) that the population will act like our sample.  We use …

HR Needs To Be The Department of Errors and Corrections…

Paul Hebert Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Innovation, Paul Hebert, Performance, Science

To be successful HR needs to move from the department of enforcement to the department of corrections.  I’m cereal folks, super cereal. HR needs to become the department that allows mistakes and then helps correct them rather than the department that creates rules and regulations to ensure no one makes mistakes in the first place.  I know some of you …