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Charlie Judy

You can't win for trying

HR Simply-Engineered

train gearRemember when we all used to run around as HR professionals shouting from the top of our lungs how we must strive toward “employer of choice” status. EOC was the HR buzz term for the late 90’s and early 00’s. I grew up in the industry drinking that cool-aid. Don’t get me wrong; it’s a good idea to try and create an environment where your . . .

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November 23, 2009

Think Small

HR Simply-Engineered

shovelWhat if the next big thing for HR isn’t big at all? What if it’s right in front of our noses? It’s not about technology, it’s not about certifications, it’s not about programs, it’s not about social media (ok, just pretend for a moment), it’s not about how we educate and develop leaders, it’s not about how we manage risk, it’s not about how . . .

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November 16, 2009

HR is a Commodity, Make it an Experience

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wrenchIf you’re in business, generally you sell a product or a service. That product or service, based on a multitude of factors, is received by consumers in some experiential way. On one end of the continuum, you have a “commodity.” You can get it at a number of places, it’s pretty much the same wherever you get it. “Goods and services" come . . .

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November 12, 2009

Nonsensical HR

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windmillI caught a tweet the other day from a student who suggested that even though she had a big HR exam the next day, she wasn’t stressed because HR was “common sense.” I fumed on this a bit. Then I realized I myself have made a career out of HR and never once took a HR course in school. I started as a CPA…a profession not well-known as an HR . . .

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November 06, 2009

Mediocre HR is your Fault

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compassI was talking with a CFO buddy of mine the other night – he’s with a large telecommunications organization – 5,000+ employees. Anyway, he was complaining about their HR Leader and his inability to integrate successfully with the rest of the leadership team. He expanded by suggesting the HR Leader was always one step behind everyone else: has . . .

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November 04, 2009

HR is where Smart goes to die

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cameraI came across a Tweet one day that said “2 years ago I met a HR manager…really smart. After 2 years, smart turned stupid!” Aside from being quite pithy – and I’m a fan of pithy – I started to wonder whether there is something to this notion that being part of an HR department can quite literally suck the smarts out of you. I’m not sure if . . .

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October 26, 2009

Does it matter what they say?

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This is my very first blog post...ever...

weather vaneTo me HR is all about one thing – optimizing the performance of people in organizations which rely heavily on human capital for their success. All this talk over the years about “getting a seat at the table” becoming a “strategic partner of the business” is great…it’s helped move the needle for sure. . . .

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October 13, 2009

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