When You Know You Made an Impact


Recently I have had a rash of HR folks, and even conferences, copy me. I am doing my Last HR Jedi Tour across America this year and have a Star Wars theme and marketing to go with it.

How do I know this? Well in one case I got a phone call asking for assistance. In another I know the folks and they attended my Smart Stage at SHRM17 in New Orleans. That is where the concept started along with the theme and marketing.

Am I mad? NO…I am honored… You have to make an impact, or at least an impression, for folks to follow your lead….I call it HR Karaoke…more on that over at FOT this May….


The Last HR Jedi Tour adds Fall 2018 Dates


I am just back from Vegas and the second leg of my Last HR Jedi Tour. It’s been going great and I am pleased to announce new dates. I will be adding a fall leg to the tour which will open with 2 presentations at the NY State annual SHRM conference in Albany, NY on September 23rd and 24th.

In addition we are in discussions for a couple more stops….

I will be back to tell you more in the next few days…till then I hope your all enjoying the Spring weather (at least no more snow here on Long Island)….and my golf clubs are in the garage and ready to go.

See you all soon!!!

What is your Plus/Minus?


I teach Recruiting to business students in an MBA program. We spend a whole class on statistics each semester. Time to fill, Cost per hire etc….

Businesses and sports have a lot in common in this area. One measurement that always interested me was the Plus/Minus used in basketball, hockey and soccer. Sometimes you’re not the big scorer, but you play great defense. Or your presence and attitude impact your team.

I am not sure how organizations can measure plus/minus in a business setting. I do know that sometimes stars can be detrimental and utility players can be difference makers.

When my daughter was younger, she played competitive soccer. As a goalie she had stats: shots on goal, saves, and save percentage. She had 2 defenders that played in front of her that almost never hit the stats sheet, but their play more than anyone elses impacted outcomes. They rarely got the accolades of the goal scores or even my daughter when she had a good game. But take them away and your almost certain to lose…

Do you have unsung heroes on your team. What is their plus/minus? Maybe it is time to figure this one out.

Do You Believe in Miracles!


It has been exactly 38 years since the Miracle on Ice. Still may be the biggest David vs. Goliath upset in sports history.
A reminder that nothing is absolutely certain….

In any event go USA! and congrats to the woman’s hockey team for winning a thrilling gold medal match vs. Canada yesterday!!!

Are HR Folks Double Agents?


A recent Tech crunch article titled: HR has lost the trust of employees. Here is who has it now by Danny Crichton this weekend is creating lots of buzz in the HR and Talent space for good reason.

It suggests transparency for the inner workings of your organization… by passing over HR altogether.  The relatively new App called Blind is the culprit. The concept is to anonymously discuss issues outside the line of site of your HR team…

The article provides a compelling argument on the role and motives of your HR function in dealing with Employee Issues. Are they Double Agents???

Fact or Fiction???

Here are a couple of snippets:

 Crichton states:

The obvious reality is that HR has never been “your friend.” Rather, it is an important component of a company’s legal strategy to document and mitigate any potential lawsuits that might arise from its employees, contractors, or anyone else who may interact with the firm. Occasionally, that mission might align with friendliness: HR may defuse a fight between two colleagues both to prevent legal troubles as well as to make the workplace more productive.


Few apps have had as much of an impact on workplace communications as Blind, an anonymous social network of current company employees and alums. The app, which was founded in South Korea roughly five years ago, was first launched in the US in late 2015, and since then has seen tremendous success in building footprints at some of the largest and most important American companies.

From its homepage, the company says that it has more than 37,000 users from Microsoft, 20,000 users from Amazon and 8,600 users from Google, as well as employees from more than 3,000 other companies on its platform today (at least signed up). While the app spans industries, the tech industry remains the company’s DNA, as the founding team came from Naver, the South Korean search and content giant.

What do you think?

Is this the beginning of a shift in Workplace communication or just another momentary blip on the radar screen??? What impact will this have on the role of HR in the future? 



Now That Football Is Over, What do I do with my Sundays?


It is that time of year again. The time between Superbowl Sunday and the start of March Madness. For those not in the know, selection Sunday is March 11th this year. That is a few weeks away. Five weeks to be exact….

It is the one time of year without and serious sports to watch unless you are a die hard and enjoy late season basketball and hockey, or spring training baseball.

For me it is time to get caught up on both personal and professional stuff. A free 5 weekends without good weather to explore the outdoors. This yr. I will be prepping 2 conferences that I will be speaking at: the SHRM Legislative in DC March 12-14 and SHRM Talent in Vegas 5 weeks later. I also have to put together 2 midterm exams for classes I am teaching at Adelphi.

Maybe I will get a movie or two in as well. Maybe I will be tormented.

Hope your being productive or at least not tormented.

I can’t wait for Baseball Season to start….

Don’t Believe Everything You Read, Even on HR Websites


We have heard the saying a million times: “Don’t believe everything you read”. Or maybe it is don’t believe everything you hear. In any event, verbal or visual, with the advent of social media and 24-hour cable news, we are bombarded with a smorgasbord of “news” on demand. And how do we know if we are getting the whole story or the true story. One can look at the last presidential election and the controversy over fake new on sites including Facebook as an example.

For me the real conversation is not so much fake news, but real news. It seems that every news outlet regardless of their political affiliations all have taken to editorializing and spinning their position into their reporting. For me, news should come unfiltered, or as close to unfiltered as possible. I am not sure that is even possible anymore. Opinion and spin is part of every spec of media we consume today.

Take this past week’s National Football League playoffs as an example. I heard the radio play by play for a couple of last minute plays that determined the outcomes. Depending on whether you were listening to a Philadelphia, Atlanta, New Orleans, or Minneapolis station, your reporting of the same exact last second plays all sounded so different. Maybe we should call it reporter bias or home team bias and the after-game reporting was spun 100 different ways…

Most of us were influenced by the way each game was reported. This is played out hundreds of times each week with the commentary of the news we consume, whether it be TV, radio, web or even print for the few old schoolers like me that still like a physical newspaper or magazine to read.

The reporter in many cases has become as important as the story itself. We have all come to have our own favorite narrators of our daily information. I am as guilty as any of us. I like Anderson Cooper and Chris Cuomo on CNN. I also like Tucker Carlson on Fox and Bryant Gumball on HBO Real Sports. Except for Gumball, they each spin the news of the day in a certain direction. Sometimes my views are biased by their points of view. I also have my favorite bloggers and websites for HR and Talent information. I won’t mention any one person, however I read my colleagues pieces religiously on the other sites I write for.

So, this leads me to HR news and social media specifically. For the most part I believe the access to unbiased HR news is sorely lacking. There are certainly some great bloggers out there and I respect most of them for their view points and brevity in discussing issues publicly. But let’s be honest, they are not news or HR news reporters. We, and they, are editorial writers at best and critics at worst. Of the few magazines in the field out there, most are either a year behind the curve of innovation or tainted by being the underdog desperately trying to find an audience. So as a result many of us rely on blogs for our HR content. Maybe that is a mistake. The Jury is out on this, at least for me.

For the few talent and HR practitioners that are at the front of the curve, they need to rely on their own networks or a couple of sites like recruitingdaily.com or HR Executive Magazine and Workforce. I hope this changes in the future. I love reading and writing blog posts, but they are not always the best source of new information. Just commentary and catch up on it…..I hope we serve our own population better in the future.

It is a new year, you never know….