HR 101: 4 Misperceptions Common in Young HR Professionals

It’s great for people to study HR at university or college. They learn a lot of useful things. Unfortunately they may also learn some things that just ain’t so. As an HR leader, you should be on the lookout for these...

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Secrets of Human-Capital Management: Avoiding the Compassion Trap

I read a curious article about retiring PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi. The article’s author lamented the fact that, to do the job well, Nooyi worked 20-hour days and “had to give up everything she loved.” The author suggested this...

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Strategies for Dealing with AI (and other Disruptive Tech) in HR?

There is a lot of hype around AI in HR. While it sometimes seems that vendors are simply using the term “AI” to sow confusion, you only have to see AI’s ability to translate languages or have human-like conversations...

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Linking HR to Business Outcomes

One might take any work within HR and frame it in one of two ways. You could think about the task at hand, such as “delivering training to customer service reps” or about the desired business outcome, such as...

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An Alternative to SMART Goals

Specific, measurable, achievable, time-bound goals (SMART goals) are an effective way to align and improve performance. However, we have probably all noticed situations where SMART goals didn’t seem to fit the reality. When the reality is ambiguous, uncertain, or...

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How Recruiters Might Disrupt Universities

Universities are a big industry that has remained remarkably resistant to change. While getting a job isn’t the only reason people pursue a degree, it’s an essential one. If a university degree was no more valuable than a high...

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A Grand Unified Theory of Management?

If you’re a keen student of management, eventually you’ll reach the point of cognitive overload. There are too many theories; they overlap in ways that are unclear and it’s hard to tell the good ones from the poor ones....

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A More Practical Approach to HR Analytics

HR analytics invokes images of big data sets and smart data scientists. There’s a place for that, but it’s difficult to do in any but the most sophisticated of firms. Others narrow their view of analytics to better...

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