Those who know me well know that one of my greatest pleasures is opening, literally, a new mystery book of the British cozies flavor. These are the types of mysteries written during the Golden Age of British mysteries by the Queens of this genre: Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy Sayers and Margery Allingham. I so [...]
There But For The Grace Of G-d Go Us!
[The original version of this post was published here in January, 2012, but a call I did last night with a magazine editor reminded me that we must emphasize just how important it is to start any HR technology project with a well-grounded strategy. [...]
Never mind trying to make meaningful predictions, which are very hard to do safely when you’re under a zillion NDAs. Instead, I’m focusing my energies on what I want to happen. What would I make happen if my magic wand, bought years ago at FAO Schwarz, could be recharged? What would I ask him to do if The [...]
Hillel the Elder
When I was sixteen (the legal age for automobile driving in Massachusetts at that time), and after considerable driver training with the redoubtable Chief Walmer (a retired police chief who was the driving instructor of choice where I grew up), I:
presented myself in person at the local DMV (the relevant [...]
Trumpie And Me!
I’ve just reread my observations from last year’s conference, and you should too. If I say so myself, it’s a pretty accurate portrayal of what was happening then, much of which is still happening but which is much farther along, at least in some (but by no means all) vendor products and [...]
[I posted the original version of this on 9-12-2011, just in time for last year's HR Technology Conference. Now here we are again, in frantic last minute preparations, but so wanting to be sure that our conference plans are focused on the important HRM delivery system issues that we're facing. So I thought it [...]
What got me thinking about this was reviewing the list of exhibitors for the upcoming HR Technology Conference in Chicago. There are vendors on that list who’ve been around at least as long as the conference (and some for much longer), never gaining much sales momentum, never gaining much financial scale, and never [...]
We Sell Kodak Film
[Like all early childhood memories, please consider this story as a possibly flawed recollection. What remains is the learning, for which I'm very grateful.]
I learned about loss leaders on my 5th birthday in 1950. My family-only birthday party (my Mom was very ill and died a year later) was [...]
Apple vs Samsung
[This is my first guest post ever on my blog, and it's very timely. For those of you who may not know my valued colleague Paul Sparta, who wrote this post, Paul is the former Chairman and CEO of Plateau Systems, Ltd. (until Plateau was acquired by Successfactors before Successfactors was then [...]