HR – Find Your Oops

Paul Hebert Good HR, HR, Innovation, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Seat at the Table, The HR Profession, Trench HR

Oops.  Something you don’t want to hear from your surgeon when under local anesthetic.  Something most of us never want to have to say at a staff meeting. Oops. It means something went wrong and it was probably your fault.  Never, never fun to say oops. Oops Deux Fois I had an oops moment once (yeah… just once.) I was …

“Employees Are Our Most Important Asset”

Steve Gifford Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, Culture, Good HR, HR & Marketing, Influence, Innovation, Performance, Seat at the Table, Steve Gifford, Talent Strategy, Training and Development

It’s on your website, and it’s in your handbook.  You’ve heard an executive say it to a crowded room.  It’s just vague enough that it’s hard to disprove, but doesn’t really commit the company to anything. Want to get the attention of everyone at the table? Ask this: What’s the last major program we launched to optimize this asset? Because, …

What Does HR Have To Unlearn?

Paul Hebert Change, Good HR, HR, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Policies, Recognition, Retention, Seat at the Table

I’ve been taking stock of the news about HR lately and trying to find a pattern in it.  I did. The pattern I found is the new topics about HR today are exactly the same as they were the day before, and the day before that, and the year before that, etc.  In other words – there is nothing new …

What HR Should Be Thinking in 2013

Paul Hebert Change, Employee Communications, Employment Branding and Culture, HR Technology, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Seat at the Table

Twisting information meant for one arena to make it fit in another is a favorite pastime of mine.  And today’s post is no different.  Today – I take information meant for how to view “products” in 2013 and twist it until it screams bloody murder to make it fit the HR world. The information I’m going to abuse comes from …

Daddy, where do CEO’s come from?

Steve Gifford Candidate Pool, Career Paths, Employee Coaching, Employment Branding and Culture, Executive Search, Insourcing, Leadership, Seat at the Table, Steve Gifford, Succession Planning

Not HR, sweetie.  They don’t come from HR. Today’s posting is of the “food for thought” variety, rather than a checklist of ways to up your talent game.  I have no clear answers.  What I do know from observing outside and inside is that there are certain career paths in our companies that can lead to the corner office.  Ours …

The Noise

William Tincup Employee Relations, Good HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Seat at the Table, Social Media, The FOT Soap Box, The HR Profession, Trench HR, William Tincup

The single biggest threat to HR pros ever being strategic is lousy time management skills. Declarative sentence over… allow me to build the case. Noise in holding us back. The effing noise in particular. Real strategic thinking and/or doing takes time. Time is a commodity and most HR folks don’t have. Noise management is a personal pursuit… meaning, what works …

When do you hire someone? Microeconomics for HR Professionals

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“When the hiring manager says so”, right?  And sure, you want to provide customer service to the humans that you support.  The larger question, though, is when does your organization hire someone? The economics concept to understand here is “margin”.  When an economist talks about margin, they’re talking about one additional item.  That is to say, the “marginal cost” of …

What Would You Do if There Was No Government?

Paul Hebert Leadership, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Seat at the Table, Trench HR

One of the thought exercises I like to do with clients when trying to get to new ideas and new ways of solving problems is to eliminate the focus they currently have and see what happens. As an example, in the incentive industry, most companies get paid based on the value of the awards they sell.  Sell more awards, make …

Get Closer to Real World

Paul Hebert Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Innovation, Leadership, Paul Hebert, Recognition, Seat at the Table, The HR Profession

Seat at the table. There.  I said it. And it’s the last place you need to be to have real impact on your company.  In fact, everyone sitting at the table needs to push back and get the hell out of the room.  Each person at that table is fooling themselves.  Missing real problems and solving problems that don’t really …