Way of Life

by Matthew Stollak on Friday, January 29, 2010

One of the challenges of teaching human resources is keeping up with the latest trends and laws. The most recent textbook is unlikely to be up-to-date (Lilly Ledbetter anyone?) and even some of the most recent research is likely to have some lag time. As a result, I am taking a different tack this semester and having my students read blog posts by some of the most influential HR practitioners. On Thursday, January 28, for example, they read:

Dr. Drewett. “ An Open Letter to the HR World” (http://blog.drdewett.com/?p=89)

Keith Hammonds. “Why We Hate HR.” http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/97/open_hr.html

Mike Van Devort. “HR – Not Dead Yet” (http://www.thehumanracehorses.com/2009/09/18/hr-not-dead-yet/)

Laurie Ruettimann “HR is Dying – Yes? No? (http://punkrockhr.com/hr-is-dying-yes-no/)

Trish McFarlane. “Making the Rubber Hit the Road – “Rebranding” HR” http://hrringleader.com/2009/09/22/making-the-rubber-hit-the-road-re-branding-hr/)

Mark Stelzner. “The Future of HR – Why “Do Nothing” is an Option” (http://www.inflexionadvisors.com/blog/2009/10/22/the-future-of-hr-why-do-nothing-is-an-option/)

Lance Haun “ Is Human Resources Fatally Flawed?” http://www.rehaul.com/is-human-resources-fatally-flawed

Sharlyn Lauby, “The HR Profession” http://www.hrbartender.com/2009/strategic/the-hr-profession/

Trish McFarlane. “HR – A Call to Action” http://hrringleader.com/2009/09/25/hr-your-call-to-action/

Larry Wilson. CSI Determines HR is Dead.” http://hrcommons.wordpress.com/2009/11/13/csi-determines-hr-is-dead/

Maren Hogan. “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room.” http://marenhogan.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/slow-dancing-in-a-burning-room/

Karen Berman & Joe Knight. “Do HR Managers Have the Skills They Need?” http://blogs.harvardbusiness.org/financial-intelligence/2009/10/do-hr-managers-have-the-skills.html

Dr. John Sullivan. “The Current State of Ill Preparedness in HR” http://www.drjohnsullivan.com/newsletter-archives/242-the-current-state-of-ill-preparedness-in-hr

Read “Should you ban the use of social media in the workplace?”


In the future, not only will they be reading more from the above writers, but they will also be reading posts from authors and websites such as:
  • Ben Eubanks (http://upstarthr.com/)
  • Paul Hebert (http://www.i2i-align.com/)
  • April Dowling (http://www.pseudohr.com/)
  • Kris Dunn (http://www.hrcapitalist.com/)
  • Kelly Mitton (http://thryving.com/)
  • Jim D'Amico (http://humanresourcespufnstuf.wordpress.com/)
  • The HR101 series at http://creativechaosconsultant.blogspot.com/
  • Tim Sackett (http://www.fistfuloftalent.com)
  • Joan Ginsburg (http://http://www.joanginsberg.com/)
Finally, I am ensuring they are keeping up with the anyone and anything I might have missed with the twice a month cavalcade better know as the Carnival of HR.

It is my hope that not only will my students stay current, but that they will see the passion about the field the writers express and be encouraged to read even more of the various authors' perspectives.


Thanks for including HR Bartender on the list. I can easily see this post becoming one of those classics that every professor directs their students to. Great job.

by Sharlyn Lauby on January 29, 2010 at 4:46 PM. #

Hey, Matt! I think it would be cool to offer them the opportunity to do a guest post if they're feeling adventurous. Would you direct any of them my way if you feel like it? I'd love to help some aspiring HR pros to get their names out there. It wasn't long ago that I was in the same boat... :-)

by Ben Eubanks on January 29, 2010 at 8:13 PM. #

Hi Matthew,

I think your approach is a great way to bridge the gap between the 2 big HR camps out there right now-those that embrace social media and those that don't. Both have the same agenda, which is to be top-notch HR professionals. This means we need to support each other's efforts (online and off) regardless of the different methods used.

I look forward to any follow-up posts on your class's progress with the blog reading. If there's anything I can do to support this initiative please let me know!

by Victorio on January 30, 2010 at 9:39 AM. #

Hi Matt. Thank you for including HR Ringleader in the reading list. Not only is this a good list for students to start with, I plan to use your post to pass to some of my HR colleagues as a good way to begin reading HR blogs. I look forward to hearing what the students think about the blogs, the ideas shared, and where they see the future of hr.

I'd love to have a student guest post on what they they think the future of HR holds and why they would consider joining the profession.

by Trish McFarlane on January 30, 2010 at 9:47 AM. #

Thanks all for the comments. I'm glad there is such a supportive community of HR professionals out there wanting to see students succeed and make a difference in the field.

I am trying to encourage them to be more visible online (positively), so I hope to see a few of them write a blog post. I'll let all of you know if there is interest and send them your way.

by Matthew Stollak on January 30, 2010 at 10:15 AM. #

This is truly a good time to be an HR blogger. There are many good people putting time aside from their lives to spread their knowledge and show their passion for the HR field.
It is very encouraging to hear of this technique, supplementing text with the creative and expressive expertise of the online community. I think that you have compiled a very valuable list for your students.

by Unknown on February 1, 2010 at 10:44 PM. #

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