Disruption: HR for Challenging Times

By Nancy Painter Change surrounds us. The world has changed in every conceivable—and previously inconceivable—way within a generation. Some changes we take in stride:  the weather has changed since last week, our colleague is in a better mood today than yesterday,...

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HR Leadership at All Levels: From the Table to the Frontline

By Nancy Painter It’s a common topic when HR professionals gather to discuss the state of the profession – the often elusive seat at the executive table. While familiar questions arise, their importance to the ongoing success of organizations continues...

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Good Jobs and Integrated Thinking

By David Creelman MIT professor Zeynep Ton’s The Good Jobs Strategy is an important book for HR people. She shows how careful recruiting, good pay, and investing in training can have a huge payoff for the bottom line. Reading the...

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Hikes Impact More Than Minimum Wage

By Jock Finlayson Proposals to increase the minimum wage have been gaining political traction on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.  In January 2014, President Obama called for lifting the U.S. federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Since 2011...

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Living, Learning, Leading: HR Then and Now

By Nancy Painter Once there were clerks who figured out how much each employee got paid, and made sure they got their money. Picture poor Bob Cratchit with his quill pen pressed hard to work for Ebenezer Scrooge, recording every...

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Dave Ulrich: A Return on Value

Dave Ulrich is a professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and a partner at the RBL Group, a consulting firm focused on helping organizations and leaders deliver value. He studies how organizations build capabilities of...

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Don’t Fall in Love with HR

By David Creelman The biggest trap for human resources professionals is becoming immersed in the world of HR. If you read HR books, take HR courses and hang out with other HR specialists, you may lose sight of the real...

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Income Disparity Deepens Divide

By Jock Finlayson The past year witnessed considerable public and media interest in the issue of inequality, as evidenced by the emergence of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement in the United States and its counterparts in several other countries.  A...

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