Applying the Cheat Code

I’m pretty hopeless in most games.  There are always levels, other people to compete against, and too many tasks to get done.  Inevitably, I run out of patience before I

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The Evolution of Standardization

So my wife has been on a homemade donut kick lately.  That’s right, every weekend I get to sample another dozen donuts.  Those of you who read often know that

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Dysfunctional Self Service

So I’ve been away for a year and I’ve let this website go a little bit.  (I just started back up in September) I mean, if you click on any

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Engaging Testers

Testing is one of those things that I would not only be bad at, but I would rather loath to do it.  The infinite detail of what the task entails

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Switching Gears

A long time ago, I used to work for ADP doing pre-sales.  We had great relationships internally with services and implementation, but nonetheless it always seemed to come up that

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Rules of the Road

Every time I go to another country, I’m amazed at how tame driving in the US actually is.  People here obey lane laws, there is a fairly strict code of

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The Pain Threshold

Lance Armstrong was a US National Champion and a World Champion long before he ever won seven (eight?) Tours de France.  The man was always known in cycling circles as

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Missing Steps

I started my day on Monday at 4am when my cab picked me up to head to the airport.  As he missed the airport exit (how does that even happen?)

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Nucleating agents for change

Interesting thing about water.  You can pretty significantly influence the temperature at which water freezes  simply by introducing an agent to it.  But there are other times when water actually

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Back to Basics

It seems to me that there has been a renewed focus on core HR.  Now I need to tell the truth, I really thought core HR was dead.  I mean,

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HR Technology Deployments

I love it when consultants come in and talk to you about all the things you need to do around an implementation.  Obviously your implementer is going to do all

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Which Version of Reality?

I’m an advocate of reality.  It’s nice when you can look at something and immediately recognize it.  In most cases, a reflection of reality is quite obvious.  When I say

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Balance

My road bike is a custom titanium racing frame.  It was made by a guy in Montana who is probably the cleanest welder of titanium bike frames in the world,

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Understanding HR Data Governance

We bought my wife a new bike this weekend.  She is not usually a bike rider, and the last time I took her out riding with me, she swore never

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Time to Upgrade

Today I got the following message on my browser: Unfortunately your web-browser is from 2001, which is really, really old in web years. If you would take a moment to

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Implementing Smart Codes

So you’re going to implement new job codes, or department codes, or whatever.  Someone in the organization has a great idea:  “let’s make the codes smart!”  I mean, what better

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Explaining Facts and Dimensions

Fact:  A turnover rate based on a calculation Dimension:  Historical time trend of turnover Fact:  The number of heads in your HR database Dimension:  The breakdown of headcount by organization

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Pretty is not Useful

Not all of us have fancy business intelligence tools and cool dashboards with great graphs prepared for us in our business environments yet.  If we’re lucky, we belong to organizations

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Up In The Air – Packing Theory

Many of the people I know have watched a film called “Up in the Air.”  Indeed, I suppose it was a popular file garnering several Oscar nominations.  (I have no

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Burnt to a Crisp

I have a friend who happens to have a particular way of ordering steaks. This is interesting for a number of reasons. First, I’m not sure how many Indian guys

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