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Ready to empower change in your organization? Only if I don't have to resign she said

I recently had the pleasure of talking to the members of the Mobile, AL chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. Prior to my presentation, during the networking opportunity I walked the room stopping at each table and asking whether they were ready to go back to work and empower change in their organization. At one of the tables I stopped at, I received the response “sure as long as I don’t have to resign.”

We can’t remove the organizational inefficiencies unless we…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on October 22, 2014 at 1:36pm — No Comments

If I only had a brain says the scarecrow

The news wires of late have been filled with stories one after another of NFL players involved in some form of domestic violence. Listening to Roger Goddell’s statement last week added to the feeling that something in this picture was missing. Like many organizations the NFL preferred their bottom line to what was morally and ethically right. Consider the reports from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regarding the $17,000,000 they have collected in fines for a wide range of…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on September 24, 2014 at 1:56pm — 3 Comments

How to become the critical HR leader you are meant to be

Human Resources are at a critical crossroads in today’s global marketplace. One route leaves HR where it has predominantly been from the days of National Cash Register. We are primarily charged with being the corporate fireman. We are there as the organizational administrative policeman. The downside is that you then are perceived as being a commodity or a mediocre part of the organization. The result being the functional manager’s feel they could very easily do without what you do. If you…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on August 31, 2014 at 9:29pm — No Comments

Lack of employee response directly related to management's empty words

Driving by the local church which has provided a great number of inspirations for past blog posts, they had on their billboard the statement “if our prayers are empty words so is G-d’s response” As many of you know I never talk religion in this space, and will not begin now, but it did bring up an interesting…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on August 14, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

They can hear me now

Listen to most organizational development professionals and they will tell you that the key to organizational change is to communicate, communicate and then to communicate again. I would pose another question, and that is how are you communicating the message and how is it being received? Are your messages being…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on August 4, 2014 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Jack be Quick Jack be Nimble

A month ago, many of us were glued to the tube watching the finals of the World Cup from Brazil. It gave us an insight into how in order to win, the players had to be quick and nimble. Every second of the game, the players had to be alert to what was happening on the field. The goalie had to forecast the moves that were required in order to meet the incoming ball to keep out of the net. The player on the field had to judge when was the right moment to kick the ball or to…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on July 23, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Work is no longer a place or an activity , it is an attitude of the mind

In the past couple of months my professional world has been turned upside down by two different organizations calling for changes. The first was the Society for Human Resource Management making the decision that after 130,000 certifications they needed to bring the process in house. The second was the National…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on July 12, 2014 at 10:05pm — 2 Comments

I am just sayin....

My “daughter” likes to preface her more profound statements with the saying “ I am just sayin…” and it seemed appropriate for this post to begin with her saying. Over the past year there has been much discussion in the social media realm about the future of HR.

Recently I have read and heard an ongoing discussion about the future of the human resource profession. On one side is the school of thought that says we need to go back to the days when we were called Personnel. Back to the…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on June 19, 2014 at 11:32am — 1 Comment

Actions have Consequences, choose wisely

The source for many of my posts over the years has been the local churches announcing their upcoming sermons for the Sunday services and this one is no different. Originally I thought about this in a different context but the events of the past week have changed my focus.

We are involved in an ever-changing world and these changes require that we change our focus and approaches in order to successfully deal with those changes.  They require us to change our corporate culture. Newton’s…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on May 22, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Process Management or Time Management? That Is the Question

I was talking with a friend the other day who, was lamenting that she had too much work and not enough time to get it all done. Her manager contended the reason was that she and her teammate did not understand how to manage their time. This is an age-old argument that I hear often in the workplace.

It is a…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on April 26, 2014 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

All Grown Up: Corporate Show & Tell

Do you remember those days from your elementary school days? Or better yet do you remember that from your kid’s elementary school days? (Sorry, I do not mean to put the getting older trap on you)? Well we have show and tell days in the workplace too. The purpose of the assignment was to have each child come to…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on April 18, 2014 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

How did we lose our way?

On April 14 the Wall Street Journal ran an article about companies eliminating their HR departments. If you poll large enough population of corporate executives about the role of HR, a majority will tell you that HR is an obstacle to getting things done.

A couple of weeks ago Robin Schooling, fellow…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on April 16, 2014 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Why Would We Do That?

I recently picked up a copy of the local Tampa newspaper and found an article regarding the teachers being upset with the new accountability system. It was not that they were upset about the system.

They were upset about the fact that the data collected was not compared to anyone outside of their…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on March 26, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Honesty in little things is not a little thing

If we poll our employee population, you are very likely going to hear the response that they are looking for an authentic work environment. But just what does authentic mean?

Dictionary.com defines the term as “not false or copied; genuine; real” So look at your organization or your functional area of…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on March 13, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

See it!!! Feel it!!! Change it!!!

See It!! Feel It!!! Change it!!!

In the beginning of March I will be traveling to Raleigh to participate in the Capital Associated Industries Conference "HR 20/20: Focus, Evolve, Lead, facilitating a breakout session on identifying waste in your organization. As I look around the HR space many conferences are including similar programs on change management. However the…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on February 24, 2014 at 9:19am — No Comments

Nothing can be legally right if it is morally wrong

Let me begin by stating that in no way am I espousing one religious view over another. Further those of you, who have followed my blog since its inception in 2007, know that I rarely touch on the ethics end of our profession. Having said that one of my local churches once again posted the Sunday sermon topic,…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on February 10, 2014 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Human Capital: Assets or Chattel?

Like most HR professionals my inbox is bombarded with data almost all day. But one caught my eye the other day, which led me to begin to think about the question I posed in the title to this post.

One of the posts I get is from the Networked Lawyer…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on January 28, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Yesterday is History, Tomorrow Is Mystery & Today Is Present

You read that real quick didn’t you? But go back and really consider the implications of the words themselves to the human resource professional in the daily exercise of their responsibilities.



Yesterday is History



There is no organization that is free from having made really bad human resource decisions. We have all fed into the corporate mantra, even though we may believe differently. We have been fed the Kool-Aid that the corporate organization is…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on January 17, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

What is your 8" diameter steel plate?

The NBC News reported on Sunday that the Washington State Department of Transportation reported that a construction project to construct a tunnel in Seattle had been halted because the world’s largest boring machine had been stopped by an 8 inch diameter steel pipe. When I stopped for a moment to consider this I asked myself in our HR functions what is our 8” diameter steel pipe?

The majority of HR professionals will tell you that they meet that 8” pipe every day. We are told by a…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on January 6, 2014 at 11:17am — 1 Comment

I Know I am right, that is my job!!!!!

Several years ago I walked into my favorite bookstore and was fascinated by a book on the shelf.What caught my eye was the bright orange cover and the band of duct tape across the cover. The book was Chip and Dan Heath’s first book titled “Made to Stick.” Since then I have been looking forward to reading their other works. It is no different for their newest work titled “Decisive.”

In Chapter 7 titled“Ooch”, they talk about a company which scheduled interviews for an open…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on December 3, 2013 at 6:45pm — 2 Comments

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