I got into a long and highly theoretical debate with a fellow Phd student recently, and it prompted this post. It started out as a conversation about a bad class we both took together, and started to veer off into who would, could or would’ve done well in that course. The conversation then steered itself into the concept of geniuses, hard workers, and contributions to society – big and small.
The terrible thing that we as a society often do to ourselves is to label some of us as geniuses – those special alien beings that can do what we can’t. Popular culture would have you believe that those people truly exist. You’ll hear stories about the [...]
The way we define HR metrics today depends on what they measure. For example, if you were to ask a major consultant at a well known consulting company what types of metrics are there to be used by human capital and human resource professionals, they may respond with 1- human capital metrics, and 2- human resource productivity metrics. (see screenshot of a slide I found online saying just that). But, there is a fundamental issue in defining the metrics we use in this way – namely it doesn’t benefit us at all.
Defining metrics by what they measure essentially results in redundant classifications, and classifications limit our viewpoint and our [...]
2014 was a bit of a slow year for HR professionals in terms of exciting advances. We did see some kind of split between SHRM and HRCI, LinkedIn has completed its relative replacement of the job posting market with LinkedIn Recruit, and there is now a new HR blog popping up every 0.12456 seconds (I made that last one up).
As usual HR catches up to trends a year or two behind the rest. It’s not that Big Data is a new concept or anything. Big Data is mostly what was called Business Intelligence or Analytics just a few short years ago, but nonetheless, it’s a trend (approaching fad) which HR will catch up to.
This year, we’ll see a lot more presentations [...]
you hear this all the time from marketing professionals who swear by the power of providing and sharing great content, and what it can do for businesses, government, and people. I agree with it – yes content is important, but network analysis really tells us a slightly different story. The story is that structure is often times superior to content.
Let’s unpack the meaning behind that first. what I mean by structure is network structure – things like tweets, re-tweets, likes, shares, follows, and then more private data (such as meta data) are one type of commonly accepted network structure known as social structure. Content isn’t [...]
As many of you know a couple of weeks ago, SHRM, the society for Human Resource Management, announced that it will be launching its own certification program independently from HRCI, the Human Resource Certification Institute. Now, just a little back story here, SHRM is supposed to be the association that represents HR professionals in the US, and it claims “globally” as well. HRCI is the certification body which has, in the past, worked very closely with SHRM.
Now SHRM is supposed to be a big deal. They tout hundreds of thousands of members, have a pretty decent endowment in the couple hundred million range, and have a pervasive systems of local and state level [...]
A talent blog took Inc Magazine’s top 5000 fastest-growing companies, separated out the HR related companies and studied them.Their Findings:
• Business service providers lead the pack in revenue growth
• Management consulting firms earn highest revenue per employee
The study represented 5 years of company listings, and they managed to compare the relative growth of the represented companies from 2007 to 2012. They segmented the groups into 5 categories: Business Service Providers (like RPOs for example), Staffing & Recruiting, Tech., and Management Consulting were among the list.
I’ll let you read the report for yourself which [...]