Tag Archive: New York Times

Goal-Setting is as Easy as 1+3

It’s that time of year when organizations start to put their people through the (arduous) process of goal-setting. Most of the time this process is based on some convoluted competency framework that tells us the kinds of things we must do in order to be successful. Typically there’s a (long) form involved. And in the…


The Not-So-Back-Office

pull the curtain back

The HR Profession has its fair share of pundits.  You’ve already heard me harp on about how those who seem to be most vocal, though, rarely have the real stuff to back it up. And by stuff, I mean actually having served as an HR leader or professional in a corporate environment – managing people…


Fewer Pansy HR Courses at B-School, Please

When I was in business school – back…back…way back – there were only three areas of emphasis one could elect as an undergraduate – Accounting, Finance, or Marketing.  I choose Accounting only because it seemed the easiest way to get a job…worked out ok for me.  But Human Resources wasn’t even on my radar screen –…


Anything You Can Do They Can Do Better

The New York Times had an interesting article last week related to the profusion of talent in the market right now – “Tables Turned, Former Hires Can’t Get Hired“  We all understand that there are lots of people on the street right now looking for jobs; what’s different, though, is that a lot of those…


Annual Reviews…Who Needs Them?

The New York Times had a good “Corner Office” piece with Carol Bartz, CEO of Yahoo, on Sunday.  Any time some one as accomplished as she uses the word “antiquated” when referring to an HR program, it gets my attention.  Ms. Bartz is apparently a fan of the “puppy theory” when providing feedback – both praise and…