HR Technology

The Moving Recruiting Money Shots

I played Patrick the recruiter in our customer conference general session skit. It was less than 15 lines and shouldn’t have been a problem. But it was, mostly because I’m a ham at heart and like to improvise whenever possible. Forget the fact that there would be a floor monitor and a laptop showing the players the… more The Moving Recruiting Money Shots

That Magical Mindful Presence Of Candidate Experience

“And with all your magic I disappear from view…” —Coldplay She stopped in the middle of the hall and met my gaze. We shook hands. Other customers, partners and peers streamed around us on either side like a river around rocks. “It was a pleasure meeting you,” I said. She smiled. “Likewise.  This was a… more That Magical Mindful Presence Of Candidate Experience

Let’s Brave The Flaming Recruiting Bullseye Together

“It is the fire that lights itself But it burns with a restless flame The arrow on a moving target The archer must be sure of his aim…”  —Neil Peart (writer and musician, “Cut to the Chase”) He hated driving. And yet, he drove me home from the airport. Nice guy. Personable. Articulate. Cleanly shaved… more Let’s Brave The Flaming Recruiting Bullseye Together

The Needy, The Nerdy and The Girlie Are Not HR

Cool spring morning. Grade-school recess. A group of boys and girls gather on a damp field. Captains are called out. The usual suspects. The strongest players. Each picks his own number two. The second-strongest players. The ones they’ve done battle with before. Sometimes a girl but usually a boy. The number twos call out names… more The Needy, The Nerdy and The Girlie Are Not HR

Body Language and the Now of You

“You’re sharpening stones, walking on coals To improve your business acumen…” — R.E.M. (“Exhuming McCarthy”) Look at me. Eyes right here. Watch my face, my arms and my hands as I talk. In fact, watch my entire physical demeanor. What does it tell you? Now, imagine that you’re on your way to a job interview.… more Body Language and the Now of You

This Workplace Merry-Go-Round Ain’t Ever Slowing Down

“Midway hawkers calling ‘Try your luck with me’ Merry-go-round wheezing The same old melody…” —Neil Peart (Lakeside Park) We became carnies for a day – midway hawkers calling out from our very own front yard. The main reason was to make some quick cash since my sister and I had already blown through our weekly… more This Workplace Merry-Go-Round Ain’t Ever Slowing Down

Rebooting the Human interaction in HR

“Wilderness of mirrors World of polished steel Gears and iron chains Turn the grinding wheel I run between the shadows Some are phantoms, some are real…” – Neil Peart, “Double Agent”   Welcome to your new job! Now, put on these chains and fill out this form… And then fill out this one… And then… more Rebooting the Human interaction in HR

Taking Care Of Selfie With A Smile

What? You’ve never heard of it? <smile – snap – post> It’s all the social media rage. <smile – snap – post> And all the kids are doing it. <smile – snap – post> Heck, not just all the kids either. Some of us older folk are doing it, too. <smile – snap – post>… more Taking Care Of Selfie With A Smile

Passive To Active In Less Than 90 Seconds

Yes, you do it, too. Don’t deny it. When you’re gainfully employed, happily or not so, and you actually make the time to update your LinkedIn profile, for whatever reason, you uncheck the box in your account settings that reads: Let people know when you change your profile, make recommendations, or follow companies. LinkedIn even adds a… more Passive To Active In Less Than 90 Seconds

Making Lemonade in Two Easy Steps

“So Beatrice, what are you going to make today?” “Lemonade.” “And what’s the first ingredient?” “Lemons.” “And what’s second?” “Sugar.” “And then what?” “Um…ice.” “Yes, ice, but also water, right?” “Yes, and water!” And that’s how it went on my oldest daughter Beatrice’s final Pre-K share and leader day back in May – three easy… more Making Lemonade in Two Easy Steps

Happy Interdependence Day to You and Yours

I used to love that little Volkswagen Bug, the little Love Bug named Herbie that many early Gen Xers like me remember vividly. Herbie, the do-good little car with a mind of its own; a driverless car that helped Dean Jones win many races and save the day. Over and over again. Movie after lovable… more Happy Interdependence Day to You and Yours

#SHRM14: Moving Into The Warming Light

Failure is an enabler. In both senses of the term, but for some, the one ultimate driver. It’s our confidant and our kryptonite; it elevates and cripples us. Ideas fail, businesses fail, processes fail, people fail, and through it all, if we’re paying attention, learning and even a little lucky, we might just find a… more #SHRM14: Moving Into The Warming Light