Tim Cork's Thought for the Week!

Just Imagine…

“Everything you can imagine is real.”
– Picasso

The power of your imagination can help you do whatever you want in life. Your imagination is the center of creativity and the spark that ignites the fire of passion, belief, desire, and vision. Everything starts in the imagination. The original image is a seed. It grows as our beliefs and possibilities expand while we keep taking the right steps.

Robert Smithson's Legal Ease - New Year's Resolution for Human Resources


Now that we’re into the first January of a new decade, it’s as good a time as any to assess how we perform our jobs on a day-to-day basis. Human resources managers are no different, and here are my five suggestions of things they might consider trying in 2010.

First, stop working for employers who don’t share your personal philosophy of employee relations.

Separating the Vital Few from the Trivial Many

Dr. Joseph Juran developed the Pareto Principle--better known as the 80/20 Rule. This rule, often applied in analysis and problem-solving, describes how often a small percentage of causal variables account for most of the results being analyzed. Using Pareto Analysis is one of the fundamentals in business. In the process of showing us the way, Dr. Juran coined the phrase, “separating the vital few from the trivial many”.

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Making Your Strategy Happen

Yogi Berra said it well: “If you don’t know where you’re going, you just might end up someplace else.” This happens all the time with strategy, and I believe that the first half of the quote tells the story. Corporate strategy is often not well understood by leaders across the company who need to execute it. And, it is often a little unclear or unfocused for even the few at the very top who developed it.

If you’re thinking about improving your ability to make your strategy happen, you might want to ask yourself three questions:

1) How well do you know where your organization is going?
2) How clear and focused is your senior team around where your organization wants to go?
3) How well do your leaders across the company understand where you want to go and their respective roles in making it happen?

To really make strategy happen, context is king. For leaders who are trying to synchronize their behaviors while still operating without a lot of direct oversight, the ability to be fully tapped into the larger business context is critical. Only when people understand the big picture can they can align their efforts and drive execution. We refer to this idea as Strategic Literacy, where the collective literacy of a group of people in their own strategy is a key determinant of their success as an organization. Without Strategic Literacy, your whole organization just might end up someplace else.

HR Vision

Challenging assumptions means questioning the everyday things you take for granted and getting away from old ideas. This may be one of the most effective things that those in the HR Profession can do to improve their performance in the workplace. The concept of Paradigm Shift was popular in management literature about eight years ago. It was adapted from the theory developed for science by Thomas Kuhn (1962), The Structure of Scientific Revolution, into a broader social context. “Think of a paradigm shift as a change from one way of thinking to another. It is a revolution, a transformation, a sort of metamorphosis. It does not just happen, but is driven by agents of change. We all look at the world around us in accordance with a certain paradigm. The paradigm we use depends on what we believe is reliable and true.” (Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradigm_shift)

Tim Cork's Thought for the Week!

Integrity … It’s All or Nothing

“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.”
– Mark Twain

Follow the path of integrity and you will never get lost. It is like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz following the yellow brick road to the Emerald City. It is a path of innocence, protection, and a means for getting back home. Integrity is the path of life. Integrity flows from self-knowledge. Without integrity, you will not be successful. Integrity is the three A’s covered in this book – attitude, aptitude, and action – singing in perfect harmony. People spot that you are a person of integrity when they perceive your positive, confident attitude, see that you are capable of doing what you say you’re going to do, and then see that you in fact did do what you promised.

Robert Smithson's Legal Ease - Paranoia, Pandemonium, and Pandemics

Of all the topics human resources professionals have to wrestle with, none is more compelling at the moment than the H1N1 flu pandemic. It presents, at least potentially, a workplace dilemma which few companies have experience in solving.

The challenge faced by employers is in deciding how to address a situation which has the potential to temporarily decimate their work force.

What position should they take on whether people should be coming to work if they are not feeling well? How do they balance the need for a healthy workforce with the risk that some people will exploit the opportunity to take time off? Do they automatically send home anyone diagnosed with the flu?

Tim Cork's Thought for the Week!

Get Right Back Up

“I get knocked down
But I get up again
You’re never going to keep me down.”
– Chumbawamba

If you get knocked down, how quickly do you get back up? The adage of falling off a horse and getting right back into the saddle is true. The difference between successful and unsuccessful people is how they react to falling. Christopher Reeve wasn’t so fortunate. He was paralyzed when he fell off his horse. But, in his own way, he did get right back up. His fortitude in dealing with his paralysis and raising funds for others suffering from spinal-cord injuries made us all proud. It helped us realize what a positive attitude and unwavering belief can do when tragedy strikes.

Robert Smithson's Legal Ease - Are Humans the Weak Link?

Warning: In the fine tradition of Jerry Seinfeld, the attached item could truly be described as an "article about nothing". While it addresses something I've thought about occasionally, and it seemed like the proper occasion to discuss it, I can't (in good conscience) promise you that this item will advance your knowledge and expertise in the area of employment law in any tangible way whatsoever!

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