HR Insights

To Usher in the Age of HR, We Need to Start By Tearing It Apart


By Ron Mester Editor’s Note: This is the last of 12 essays from the new book, The Rise of HR; Wisdom From 73 Thoughts Leaders. It’s compiled by Dave Ulrich, Bill Schiemann and Libby Sartain, and sponsored by the HR Certification Institute. We are at the dawn of the Age of Talent. But will this also be…

What Employers Really Want From Millennials


As the rate of technological adoption grows, the nature of work across all industries is becoming increasingly complex and difficult to predict. The results of this accelerating rate of change — including globalization, innovation and changes in economic cycles — have a sweeping impact on the nature of work, and managers are starting…

Management 101: The 3 Cardinal Rules of Reference Checks


I get calls on a regular basis to provide formal and informal references on people in my industry. First things first: Reference checks are not background checks. Reference checks are subjective. Reference checks are unreliable and invalid ways of measuring someone’s knowledge, skills and abilities. Reference checks are what you do when you…

SHRM Las Vegas Day 4: Dr. Oz and a Wellness Message Sends Everybody on Their Way


If you have ever attended a SHRM annual conference, you know that the final day is not only a short one that ends around noon, but that it is pretty lightly attended because so many attendees have already hit the road and headed home. So it was again this year at the 2015 Society…

There’s No Talent Shortage If You Can Poach From Your Competitors


First of two parts Recruiting is just like fishing. You may think that there is a shortage of fish when the real problem is where you fish and what bait you use! I simply have to laugh when I hear CEOs and executives complain about the talent or skill shortages that their companies face….

Yes, Knowledge is Power, But Data Is Not

Big data

The “knowledge is power” idiom was originally attributed to Francis Bacon in the late 16th century. But like many time-honored theories and beliefs, the premise isn’t as simple as it appears; too much of something that is deemed “good” often ends up turning “bad.” We see this too often with excessive wealth and stardom. The concept also…

SHRM Las Vegas 3: Mika Brezezinski Makes Her Pinch Hitting Opportunity Count


Mika Brzezinski, the keynote speaker on Day 3 of the 2015 Society for Human Resource Management’s annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, is known primarily for three things: She is the co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe show. She is the daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as National Security Advisor for President Carter. She is…

SHRM Las Vegas 2: Yes, HR IS in the Human Nature Business


Deep thinkers expressing deep thoughts seem to be the standard fare for keynote presentations on Day 2 at the Society for Human Resource Management’s annual Conference & Exhibition. Last year, SHRM attendees heard New York Times columnist and best-selling author Tom Friedman on Day 2 in Orlando. He’s most famous for the book The World…

What Does Real, Genuine Leadership Look Like?


“This may sound crazy, but it’s hard for us when someone turns down a raise,” That was a recent comment from the Board President at the University of Cincinnati. Not only that, but it’s the third year in a row the university chief, President Santa Ono, has donated his bonus. Since 2013, he has…

The Reality of the Brian Williams Case – Workplace Demotions Rarely Work

Demotion U turn

Quietly, Brian Williams returned to NBC last week. Not in his usual spot of Nightly News anchor, but in a demoted spot on MSNBC for less pay: The embattled former NBC Nightly News anchor has been demoted and will receive reportedly less money in his new role, The New York Times reported. Williams…