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Carnival of HR – The Hangover Edition

Posted by Mark Bennett on March 3, 2010


"Tigers love pepper. They hate cinnamon."

Here it is!

Have you ever had that moment in an organization where you or someone stops and says:

  • “Wait a minute, how did we get into this spot?”
  • “Doesn’t [Joe/Sally] know how that works? Has anyone seen them?”
  • “Why are we doing things this way?”
  • “Didn’t we just experience this very same thing last [week/month/quarter/year/decade]?”

Maybe it’s happened a lot. Well, you’re not alone! This is what you might call, “The Hangover Effect.” You wake up, or you hear about a problem, or you find yourself in the middle of a crisis, or you come out of a meeting, and it’s pretty clear things aren’t right at a deeper level, yet no one really knows what happened or how. If you saw “The Hangover”, it might resemble that feeling the main characters had when they woke up and could not explain their current situation whatsoever. They were virtually amnesiacs.

We asked last week for posts about this theme (and posts outside the theme as well) and we did get some! A heartfelt thanks to all the contributors and to Shauna for allowing us to host the carnival. So here they are – enjoy!

  • Prasad Oommen Kurian‘s Accelerated learning and Rites of passage looks at the “Hangover Effect” in attempted role transitions and behavioral changes. It  explores the possible “medicinal value” of “rites of passage” and “rituals” in dealing with hangovers related to the previous roles and previous patterns of behavior.
  • Cathy Missildine-Martin had a serious hangover from dealing with a company that does not focus on the customer and describes How Culture Leads to Profits.
  • Bryon Abramowitz hits home on how some hangovers can last an incredibly long time in The HR Technology Hangover. Bonus: it also comes with a terrific graphic Bryon found.
  • Humor at work? We can’t do that? We’re a serious business… Drew Tarvin tackles 5 myths of humor at work that are left over from the old way of doing business.
  • Kevin Eikenberry shares his insight in Coaching Matters, conveying its value in a “you don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone” sort of way and its universality in how we all have something to offer here.
  • Wally Bock shares 4 Reasons Why Being a Boss is Not an Olympic Event. Olympic athletes are fun and inspiring to watch. But they’re lousy role models for a boss. Everyone else takes their chances. And everyone pretends they don’t notice the cameras.
  • Melissa Prusher spends Ten Minutes with Gerry Crispin, Industry Expert where he shares recruiting trends to watch in 2010 and how recruiting differs around the world. Read on to learn some best practices for recruiting in different cultures and how to effectively use social media to attract high performers.
  • Susan Heathfield covers the Unpredictable (Predictable) Consequences of Unemployment. The emotional, mental, familial, workplace, and societal consequences of the current level of unemployment will have a profound and lasting impact on the lives and prospects of millions. A whole generation will discover that life isn’t exactly what they (or their parents) prepared them to experience.
  • Steve Boese talks about Real Excitement describing how true enthusiasm for a brand or an organization looks and feels, from the setting of an English football match. Faking enthusiasm certainly can be tried, but it will not endure.
  • Erik Samdahl sent in a post by Mark Vickers that points out the difficulty companies can have in “walking the talk” and provides concrete advice for overcoming it in Serious About Sustainability in 2010.
  • Mark Stelzner sends a powerful and inspiring (and sometimes daunting) message to all in You Are HR.

Photo by deVos

shares recruiting trends to watch in 2010 and how recruiting differs around the world. Read on to learn some best practices for recruiting in different cultures and how to effectively use social media to attract high performers.

16 Responses to “Carnival of HR – The Hangover Edition”

  1. Great job putting together the Carnival! Thanks for including my post as well.

  2. Please note the addition of Lance Haun’s post. It covers the very important topic of employer driven health care. Apologies to Lance for missing this in the initial post.

  3. Always a pleasure to be included in the Carnival. Thanks for allowing us to share our interview with Gerry Crispin!

  4. Amy Wilson said

    What fun Mark!

  5. HR Minion said

    Awesome job Mark!!!!

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  8. Thamks for including my post, Mark. Great job, especially with a hangover!

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