Raise the Pressure

by Matthew Stollak on Monday, January 30, 2012

 Updated post from January 2010

A continuing challenge in teaching human resources is keeping up with the latest trends and laws. The most recent textbook is unlikely to be up-to-date and even some of the most recent research is likely to have some lag time. As a result, I have my students read blog posts (both past and present) by some of the most influential HR practitioners. On Thursday, January 26, for example, they read:

Dr. Drewett.  “ An Open Letter to the HR World” (http://www.drdewett.com/monthlyblog/an-open-letter-to-the-hr-world-the-future-of-hr-according-to-a-non-hr-guy/)
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://lancehaun.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/
Lance Haun.  “What if HR Got A Mulligan?” http://lancehaun.com/what-if-hr-got-a-mulligan-would-we-do-something-different/
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?”
Read “Future Insights”
Kults, David.  “Why HR Really Does Add Value.” http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/12/why_hr_really_does_add_value.html
Ashkenas, Ron, “Stop Bashing HR”


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/)
  • Tim Sackett (http://www.timsackett.com)
  • Steve Boese (http://steveboese.squarespace.com/)
  • Kris Dunn (http://www.hrcapitalist.com/)
  • Kelly Long (http://thryving.com/)
  • The HR101 series at http://www.victoriomilian.com/p/free-stuff.html
  • Tim Sackett (http://www.fistfuloftalent.com)
  • Joan Ginsburg (http://http://www.joanginsberg.com/)
  • Joe Gerstandt (http://www.joegerstandt.com/)
  • Paul Smith (http://www.welcometotheoccupation.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.

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