Jun 25th, 2014 Human Resources

Hide the women and children, “Big Data” is coming. Big Freaking Data; a lot of it, from a lot of places, all coming at a rapid pace. Internal and external information sharing the same spreadsheet, looking backwards is now looking […]

May 5th, 2014 Human Resources

Nobody ever under-sells the size of the fish they caught. How many of your employees share their confidential information with each other? Specifically, their compensatory information. For whatever reason, the discussion of salary and bonus amongst co-workers is no longer […]

Mar 17th, 2014 Human Resources

Solving problems for my customers is what I do.  For that matter, it’s what we all do, right?  But how? I’ve found that customers appreciate simple and effective over complex and grandiose.  However, HR gods and goddesses tend to take […]

Mar 6th, 2014 Human Resources

“We have met the enemy, and they are us.” - Walt Kelly, Pogo We talk a lot about merger integration on this site, specifically addressing the role…nay, the RESPONSIBILITY of Human Resources to take the lead role in the assimilation of “new” […]


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    “When you sleep with dogs, you wake up with fleas.” – Benjamin Franklin Welcome, NBA Owners, to the flea circus. On your watch, you allowed the consistent bad behavior of a peer to continue relatively unopposed. The only real surprise of the […]

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