The intersection between HR strategy and HR technology

The Endless Immensity of the Sea

The Endless Immensity of the Sea

Nov 27, 2013

“If you want to build a ship, don’t gather people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather, teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” Saint-Exupery Ok – so I don’t get out on the water that often, and I’m a cyclist so I tend to write about that.  As a cyclist, there are a...

Thinking Like A Leader

Thinking Like A Leader

Apr 24, 2013

On my recent Taiwan trip with my family, one of my uncles tagged along for much of the tour.  I really like this uncle as he is often quite interesting to talk to, and is an extremely smart guy.  He’s been retired for a while from his last job as the COE of a major electronics manufacturer, and now sits on the boards of several companies.  To say...

HR Technology Conference Reactions: Social Media Panel

HR Technology Conference Reactions: Social Media Panel

Oct 11, 2012

I’ll admit.  I’m devastated.  Lexy Martin and Thomas Otter were both presenting at the same time as this session.  Had I the option, I would have pulled a Hermione Granger Time Turner thing.  You know where she goes back in time to take more classes?  I’d do that for these 3 sessions, but instead, I’m just a muggle.  (OK, enough of that...

Fooling Ourselves

Fooling Ourselves

Sep 12, 2012

I’ve been watching with fascination over the last couple years as countires have rebelled against their governments (Arab Spring in 2011), and American citizens have condemned corruption, and congratulated the populous for rising up and forcing change.  It’s fascinating to me because we are so unaware of what has been going on around us for so long.  After...

The Pain Threshold

The Pain Threshold

Sep 20, 2011

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 the next big gun in US cycling.  In one race (San Diego I think), we were riding a horrifically fast pace, many of us in the pack heckling Lance often simply because he was a captive audience,...

Deception and Selling Your Data

Deception and Selling Your Data

Jun 27, 2011

US President Obama is a Muslim, right?  Raised in Kenya, he’s a Mau Mau sympathizer, and actually not even a US citizen (masterfully covered up I must add). Apparently in a new poll, fully 50% of the US population registered with the Republican party believe this1  I mean, COME ON!!!! Seriously?  I remember having an argument with my uncle back in early...

I Should Have Been A Rice Farmer

I Should Have Been A Rice Farmer

Apr 13, 2011

OK, I’m Taiwanese, and I recently went back to Taiwan to visit family and see the “home country” that I’ve never been to. As I stayed in the apartment my family had rented, surrounded by rice paddies on all sides, i realized how close I was to having been a rice farmer of some type. Perhaps i would have been growing green onions...

Nucleating agents for change

Nucleating agents for change

Mar 28, 2011

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 should freeze, when it is pure and below the freezing temperature, but that water can be held in a liquid state at just below the normal freezing temperature until a...

Dulling the Noise

Dulling the Noise

Mar 16, 2011

So I admit that I use multiple methods to dull the noise when I’m on a plane.  The first are the industrial grade ear plugs from Home Depot.  I love these things, but by themselves, it’s not enough.  Second in the line of defense are the Bose noise reduction headsets.  Combined with the ear plugs, this method eliminates most of the unwanted external...

HR Technology Deployments

HR Technology Deployments

Feb 28, 2011

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 the normal things around table configuration and testing, but they often miss some of the bigger items.  When consultants come in to talk about the other stuff, they are usually not particularly...

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