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    Is HR Dead? - The Reading List

    Thursday night October 29 at 8pm EDT the HR Happy Hour show will take on the topic, 'Is HR Dead?'.

    There is nothing like a little in-depth analysis and self-examination of the HR function to rile up the community and this topic certainly has been poked and prodded for the last several weeks.

    Since the instructor in me wants to be sure everyone is well-prepared and ready to jump in to the conversation I thought I would assign some pre-reading, to get us all on the same page prior to the show. Flickr - KiltBear

    In the blogosphere as far as I can tell, the most recent 'Is HR Dead?' conversation started with this post:

    'Is Human Resources Fatally Flawed' - Lance Haun at Rehaul

    It was followed by numerous responses (or rebuttals if you prefer), a few of which are listed here:

    'HR is Dying: Yes? No?' - Laurie Ruettimann at Punk Rock HR.

    'HR - Not Dead Yet' - Mike VanDervort at Human Race Horses

    'to HR, on news of your death' - Fran Melmed at free-range communication

    'HR is Dead: Some Mourn, Some Celebrate, and Others Say "What?"' - Mike Haberman at HR Observations

    'HR is Obsolete! Isn't It?' - Joel White at Joel's Views

    'Human Resources Departments: I've never understood the point of them' - Sathnam Sanghera at the UK Times Online

    And in the last week or so:

    The Future of HR - Mark Stelzner at Inflexion Point

    'Slow Dancing in a Burning Room' - Maren Hogan on 'Marenated'

    Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series Again, Nietzsche, and Other HR Thoughts - Frank Roche at Know HR

    The HR Profession, Business Leaders and the Future of Work - Sharlyn Lauby at HR Bartender

    But if you think this is somehow a 'new' discussion, it really isn't, the top Google result (at least at the time of this writing) for the phrase 'Is HR Dead' was this piece from 2003 on Workforce.com.

    And of course we should not forget this gem from March 2009 - Memo to CFOs: Don't Trust HR - David McCann writing on remarks from Professor Beatty for CFO Magazine.


    So you have your assignments, catch up on your reading and join the discussion on the HR Happy Hour Show, Thursday October 29, 2009 8PM EDT, call in 646-378-1086. Frank Roche and Mike VanDervort are set to appear, and perhaps another special guest or two as well.

    What do you think, is HR Dead? In need of revival?  Need to be scrapped and re-built from the ground up?

    It should be a great show!


    HR Technology Conference - Take Your Chances

    Finally made it home from the HR Technology Conference in Chicago and still trying to process all the information from meeting vendors, attending sessions, and talking to old and new friends.

    And recovering from Thursday night's Epic HR Happy Hour show.

    One thing I noticed as I walked the massive Expo hall that in the Taleo booth (and I suspect a few others), there was a giant prize wheel that prospects, customers, or random passers-by could spin for the chance to win items like Subway gift cards, Amazon.com credits, or free stays at a popular resort.

    You did have to get your badge scanned and listen to the 10 minute overview of Taleo 10 for the chance to spin the  wheel. It did seem a bit too 'time share presentation-ish' for me, but I get the need for vendors to capture prospect information at the show.

    After the demo I attended was completed, and one lucky attendee spun the prize wheel, (I think he won a free Quiznos Sub), I thought a more fun 'prize wheel' would have all the possible outcomes of a major talent management implementation project.

    Maybe the wheel would look something like this:


    Technology projects, especially large complex ones, are tricky undertakings.  So many things are needed to hit the sweet spot on the wheel, and achieve enduring organizational transformation.  Correct understanding of the important business issues, selection of the correct tool to address these problems, effective project management, executive support, a vendor not only committed to customer success, but also one with a sound and perhaps even visionary product strategy, and managers and users that see the value the real 'What is in this for me' of the solution.

    Missing any one of these key factors might be enough to scupper the project.  But without them, your chance for success are dicey at best, and indeed you are just spinning the wheel of technology fortune and you may not even realize it.



    Getting your HR friends on Twitter? Start Here

    The hardest part of getting started on Twitter is figuring out who to follow.  If you are an HR professional, HR student, or job seeker, you will only get so far following Oprah or Ashton or Shaquille.

    Not very far actually.

    Ashton can't help you with the latest developments in E-Verify.

    Shaq is not going to offer to critique your cover letter.

    No to get any value at all from Twitter you need to find and follow 'real' HR professionals, recruiters, companies, bloggers, the kind of people you can learn from, engage with, and share your expertise with.

    So how do you go about that? Well, a new service called TweepML has made the process of sharing lists of Twitter users to follow much easier. 

    Sign up for TweepML, create or upload a list of Twitter names that you want to put on a 'recommended follow' list, then share the list via a link, email, or an embeddable button or widget.

    I even did the hard work for you, I created two TweepML lists (since the service limits lists to 100 Tweeps) of HR and Recruiting Twitter folk that I personally follow and recommend.

    Click on the links below and you will be taken to the TweepML site where you can easily follow all the names on the list (or just the ones you are interested in) by supplying your Twitter name and password.

    HR and Recruiting Peeps - Part 1

    HR and Recruiting Peeps - Part 2

    Totally easy right? Just think about when you first signed up for Twitter. What if you were given a list of 200 awesome and relevant accounts to follow from Day 1?

    Let me know what you think of TweepML, and of the lists themselves.  I can always start list number three with your suggestions.



    HR Happy Hour - The Job Seeker's Show

    I have been trying to keep all the HR Happy Hour show content over on the new HR Happy Hour site - www.hrhappyhour.net, but since this week's show is pretty important to me, I thought I would post about the show on both sites.

    Episode 10 - The Job Seeker's Show - September 18, 2009 8PM EDT

    The show is back to our 'regular' time slot this Friday night, September 18, 2009 at 8PM EDT.

    Episode 10 - The Job Seeker's Show

    Shauna Moerke, the HR Minion, and I will welcome a fantastic panel of guests from the Recruiting and HR world to share insights, give advice, and highlight available resources for the job seeker. We will talk about strategy, use of social media, resumes, and anything else on your mind.

    The call in number is 646-378-1086 and Press '1' on your phone to come on the show.

    Scheduled to appear this week:

    Jennifer McClure - Twitter -CincyRecruiter, and blog Cincy Recruiter's World

    Paul DeBettignies - Twitter - MNHeadhunter - and blog MNHeadhunter

    Robin Eads - Twitter - imjustagoyle - and blog imjustagoyle

    April Dowling - Twitter - adowling - and blog PseudoHR

    Deirdre Honner - Twitter - thehrmaven - and blog HR Maven (does everyone on this show have a superhero alias?)

    I hope you can tune in and pass along the show information to anyone you know on the job market that could use some great advice. 


    Too much information?

    I read an excellent post on the Savage Minds blog about college students and the need many of them feel to offer explanations or excuses when they know they have turned in substandard work.  That professor's take was essentially, 'Save the trouble of the explanation, don't admit the work is under par before I have had a chance to look at it, and if it is crap work, get over it and do what it takes to improve for the next assignment'.Flickr - The Kozy Shack

    I think that is good advice and wonder if it applies to managers as well. 

    As a manager when an employee is late for work, makes some careless mistakes, or otherwise is not really producing to their 'normal' or expected levels, how much do you really want of the backstory?

    How much of 'My dog is sick', 'My daughter has a loser boyfriend' or 'I stayed up all night playing World of Warcraft' do you want to hear?

    Or would you prefer they just shut up, do their job, and leave the drama for their mama?