2010 December: Thanks, Changes, and News
2010 has been a year of great success and great change for HR Logistics. We are thankful for the success and accept the changes as necessary for growth. In our last newsletter of the year, we’d like to thank our friends and colleagues, wish them well and tell you about exciting things to come in 2011. [Read full article...]
2010 November: Is “HRIT” HR or IT?
I was having lunch with a colleague recently – a VP who manages HR technology for a financial institution – and she made a very interesting comment. When comparing the total cost of ownership (TCO) of two different vendors of Human Capital Management software, initially – one vendor appeared to be much more reasonable than the other. But when she expanded the analysis to consider the TCO over 5 years, the positions of the vendors reversed – the one that was initially very inexpensive cost twice as much over the course of 5 years! [Read full article...]
2010 August: Are you an Uncomfortable Leader?
Every time I have taken a skills or competencies assessment, I have always scored very highly on leadership qualities. And I have always found this somewhat intriguing. I have never made a conscious decision to be a good leader. I have never taken courses or formal study of being a good leader. And I often question my own behavior – did I make a good decision? Was I fair? Did I consider all of the pros and cons and the impact on others? [Read full article...]
2010 July: How can I be Excellent?
There seems to be a lot of noise in the HR technology industry around whether or not Talent Management is dead. Rising from the ferocious feeding frenzy before the Great Recession, TM was seen as the next big thing on the horizon. In the wake of GR (GR seems appropriate, i.e. grrrrr – we’re really irritated with the great recession), talent management has slipped back into the business processes that were in place before the “big integration of TM” services became popular, i.e. HR business processes married to various technology point solutions with some integration here and there. [Read full article...]
2010 June: Why is Planning so Irritating?
I believe many of us harbor a secret desire to live like the old cowboys – freely, by our instincts, wandering wherever our desire and whim might take us and succeeding in surviving using our wits and skills. There’s something so enticing about moving through life without thinking too hard about decisions – as though the very act of survival is proof of wisdom and confidence. No other “badge of courage” is needed. [Read full article...]
2010 May: How Often are we the Last to Know?
We change, but we don’t pay attention. We are always evolving as people, changing in our likes and dislikes, moving into new stages of life and new maturities. Yet, often we ignore our own evolution thinking that we will always want to do this for a living or we will always want to be working at this pace or living in this place or working in this industry. We can accept that our love lives may change, our family relationships and our friends – but what about our intellectual life? [Read full article...]
2010 April: What Makes Me Different?
Do you ever wonder what makes you different? Why are you special? Why should your boss, your spouse, your colleagues, and customers choose you over an alternative? I started this article several weeks ago and I keep going back and forth with reasons and thoughts and justifications. Every reason sounds a little self-indulgent and like all the other “hype” you read and hear. So what is the real measure of value? What makes one solution more valuable, advantageous, satisfying than an alternative? [Read full article...]
2010 February: What am I Getting Ready for with Organizational Readiness?
Organizational readiness. What is that exactly? Ready for what? And how do you know when you’re ready? Or – more specifically – when your organization and your workforce are ready? In other words, what exactly are you getting ready for? [Read full article...]
2010 January: What is Your Lesson in the Recession?
For those of us in the U.S., we’ve just spent several days celebrating Thanksgiving – a holiday designed to make us remember the blessings in our lives. In these trying times, I know that for some of us, those blessings seem a distant past and a too distant future. As I write this, I recall the stories I have heard and the people I have personally known over the past year who have experienced heartbreaking hardship. [Read full article...]