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It’s A Wrap! The End-of-Year “Holiday” Edition #HRCarnival

The HR blogosphere has been busy and our December 2017 End-of-Year edition provides just the tiniest snippet of what human resources professionals have been discussing throughout the year. Interestingly enough we’ve had no submittals about Chatbots, AI, GDPR or Blockchain. No discussion of people analytics. Nary a whisper about sourcing, recruiting or the death, rise, or disruption of the ATS (Google Jobs anyone?). No employer branding. Nothing about diversity and inclusion.

But, the way the Carnival works, bloggers submit a post to be included; this is not a curated process wherein we go out and search what’s being talked about. So, with that being said, I do think our collection of submitted posts from 2017 does accurately reflect the sorts of topics that have been regularly discussed this year in HR Departments around the globe. These posts represent the topics that are, quite often, front and center for HR practitioners and organizational leaders day-in and day-out.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the various Carnivals throughout the year; I can’t wait to see what we un-wrap in 2018!


Learning, Development and Professional Passion 

Tim Gardner – Make 2017 Better By Learning From 2016 (Tim kicked us off in January of 2017 by telling us …“Don’t just be glad 2016 is over, because the year did not control the outcome – people did. Including you.)

Jazmine Wilkes – Resources – Continuing Your Growth

Scott MautzThese 9 Things Are Draining Your Passion at Work (Here’s How to Counter Them)

Mark Fogel – How Did They Pay You to Give Up on Your Dreams? 

Wally Bock – Please Don’t Become a Boss if…

Employee Experience, Engagement and Workplace Culture

John Baldino – Cold Hearted (“Policy is meant to enhance the employee experience.  In its primary role, it’s not punitive and it’s not authoritarian.”)

Ben Eubanks – 7 Lessons on Creating a Powerful Employee Experience

Mary Faulkner – Everyone Needs a Jerry

Jennifer Juo – Disruptive New HR Tech That Can Boost Employee Engagement

Helo Tamme – How to turn your employees into brand ambassadors?


Derek Zeller – It’s Different for Girls: LinkedIn’s Unprofessional Network (this post from 2016 remains so relevant TODAY that it deserves inclusion in this Carnival)

Jane Watson – What HR Needs to Do Now

Robin Schooling – If You Can’t Stand the HR Heat…Stay Out of the Kitchen

The Business of HR 

Julie Winkle Giulioni – If Not the Annual Performance Appraisal, Then What? (as Julie pointed out in an email, “this is an issue that many organizations are struggling with. And HR will have to be the ones to sort it out and make it work”) 

Prasad Kurian – The OD Quest: Part 5 – Face to face with the antithesis?!

Stuart Rudner – The Court of Appeal of Ontario revisits termination clauses

Donna Steffey – Do You Have a Global Mindset?

John Hunter – Why Do People Fail to Adopt Better Management Methods?

Trish McFarlane – The 3 Little Pigs: A Business Story

Judith Lindenberger – Aligning Employee Expectations with HR Realities

Mike Haberman – The explanation of the future is about prediction and not certainty

Mike McCarty – Devin Patrick Kelley: Failure of a Single Source Database

Katee Van Horn – Blind Interviews Aren’t So Blind 

HR Technology

Naomi Bloom – Death by Lousy HRM — The Whole Story In One Sitting! (this is a post with a twist – an actual novella/murder mystery featuring HRM. We also ran this earlier in 2017 during the 10 Year Anniversary of the Carnival!)

and a look ahead to 2018….

Naomi Bloom – Reprise: A Great Miracle Happened Here! Chanukah 2017, With My HR Tech Wishes For 2018




10 Year Anniversary Edition!

Ten years ago TODAY the Carnival of HR hit the internet (you can view the first post here).

I can also tell you that back in 2007 I didn’t read it.  Truth be told, 10 years ago, there was a relatively small band of hearty HR gals and guys poking around on-line reading blog posts. After all, from a “getting information” perspective, many an HR practitioner used technology to scroll through the SHRM message boards or read the occasional e-mail newsletters from employment attorneys and, well, SHRM.

But there is a long and lovely history of HR blogging dating back to the early 90’s; I recently reconstructed as much of it as I could (you can read that here). Casting a backwards eye I find it pretty amazing that a small group of smart people in our industry were truly the leaders and visionaries that moved us forward to the world of sharing information and ideas in some pretty novel (at the time) ways. In the years since we have, undoubtedly, shared some pretty dull and uninspiring stuff. Yet, many of the folks listed here have also been responsible for pushing buttons and energizing our global community to discuss fascinating and innovative ideas.

So in honor of this auspicious and amazing legacy of writing and blogging about the world of work, HR, Talent, Recruiting and Leadership, we reached out and asked folks to share either (1) their own favorite post (popular, topical, fun) or (2) a post from someone else that resonated (i.e. they still remember it) from the last ten years.

I’ve had a lot of fun chatting with the writers and contributors listed below as well as reminiscing with others; as one long-time (now lapsed) blogger told me  – “I’m so tempted to do a post just for the f**k of it since I haven’t blogged in years!”

Happy Anniversary to the Carnival of HR! Enjoy!



Favorite Posts (submitted by the writers) 

HR Chicks and CompetitionLaurie Ruettimann (the Cynical Girl era) – editor’s note: one of Laurie’s most popular posts ever!

#SEanalytics HR Analytics – part 2, – Jon Ingham“’I’d like to provide my own latest post on Analytics (from September 2016) which I think deals with some of the issues raised in SystematicHR’s post which I’ve submitted as my favourite post from someone else. Analytics is also probably the main topic for posting today, in a similar way to how social media itself was the main concern of blogging back in 2007.”

Physics in HR – The Petrino Principle Tim Gardner “I started a brief series on how HR is, or can be, as predictable as physics. In the midst of the series, Coach Petrino embarrassed himself, his family, and his university in a way that should have surprised no one. This was my most-viewed post at the time and even today. Now, years later, he has demonstrated how change is possible, and that behaviors can change given the right influence.”

Why I’m Reading a Book a MonthMelissa Fairman“One of my favorites is a recent article I wrote about reading. It’s interesting that it was such a popular post, I think a lot of people can relate to the comments I made about trying to fight distraction get my focus back.”

HR Effing RocksKatee VanHorn“Here is one of my favorites. It focuses on what we do in HR – really. It was a fun one to write.”

Comfort ZoneJennifer Payne“Here’s a post of mine…It’s not really an HR post, it’s more of a personal growth one, but I would say it’s one of my favorites ever….because it came right from my heart and my gut.  It was inspired by a number of real events happening both around me and to me at the time.  And it just so happened to be the most shared, liked, and tweeted post I’ve ever run!”

Death By Lousy HRM — The Whole Story In One Sitting! Naomi BloomI’ve written a lot of posts since inception in Nov 2009, and many of them are worthy of this event.  But what I’d really like to post is the novella I wrote in December, publishing it chapter by chapter and then publishing it again as a whole.  It’s very long, but the response has been so encouraging that I’m thinking about making this just the first in a series.”

Life Lessons from 25 Years in HR and Life lessons from (almost) 30 years in HRMike VanDervort

The Gender of LeadershipMike VanDervort (writing at Women of HR)

Leading yourself: A Baker’s Dozen of Things to MasterWally Bock – “You can’t lead others if you can’t lead yourself. Here is a baker’s dozen of things to master to be the best leader you can be.”  

A Simple Question: A Complicated Answer – The InterviewDerek Zeller

My Name is Not…CandidateSteve Levy and Derek Zeller – per Derek “This is one that I wrote with Steve Levy and was one of the most controversial either of us has ever written.”

 New Leadership Role? Start Strong with These 6 Key Actions  Jennifer Miler“I chose this post because it’s second-most viewed post on my site and speaks to the need for organizations to help get new leaders up to speed fast. HR can play a key role in onboarding and acclimating new leaders.”

Personal interests:  10 CV dos and don’ts Dorothy DaltonIt has proven to be one of those timeless posts which still gets regular daily traction and opinion is as divided as it ever was!”

“7 Types of Power in the Workplace”Sharlyn Lauby“It’s really hard to pick a favorite post – it’s like asking to pick a favorite child. LOL! Seriously, I chose this one because it’s the most popular post on HR Bartender.”

O Generation X, Where Art Thou?Stephanie Hammerwold “Here’s one of my favorite posts that generated some good conversation with others”

HR, Take Some Risks and Just Say “What the ****” Mark Fogel “A favorite of mine that posted on Fistful of Talent this past year. It was moderately successful from a traffic standpoint but I feel it is who I am as a voice to the HR community and a fun read!”

Future Friday: The rise of conflicting trendsMike Haberman

The Power of Carrot and StickKurian Prasad“This is the most popular post ever on my blog (with more than 10,000 views & many comments) and it provides an unconventional perspective on motivation integrating ideas from a wide range of apparently unconnected domains!”

How to Influence Without AuthorityJesse Lyn Stoner – “This is one of my most popular posts. Although written in 2012, it still shows up on the first page of a Google search for “influencing without authority.” I introduced a new model in this post ‘The 8 Portals of Influence.’”

Engaging Employees in the Gig EconomyCulture Next

How to Decide if You Should Accept a Job OfferJudith Lindeberger

You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alikeMary Faulkner – “I’ve only been writing on the blog for about 4 years and it’s taken me some time to find my voice. Shockingly, my voice is sarcastic and wordy, but that’s not the point. This is the first post I made (back in January 2013) that felt like ME. I tied it to a computer game (very me), made it about leadership (the blog post) and I had a picture of an Osborn II Executive computer…which I actually had growing up. Which should tell you a lot about me. I’ve had other posts with a lot more views, but this one stands out as my first big kid post for me.”

Posts with an Impact (what our writers read … and remember…)

How to Change A Person’s Mindauthor: Lance Haun – submitted by Laurie Ruettiman

How to Lie with Analytics  (2007) – author: Wes Wu, SystematicHR – submitted by Jon Ingham“Though I think we’ve progressed a bit beyond this now I think the general concern about the potential for inappropriate use of analytics, or inappropriate conclusions from its insights still applies. SystematicHR was one of my favourite blogs when I started blogging.”

What “The Interview” Saga Tells You About Your Career… author: Kris Dunn – submitted by Naomi Bloom“One of my all time favorite posts from the HR Capitalist. I wanted to include it in the anniversary addition because it’s good advice for business professionals and HR pro’s. Don’t mess with crazy!!!”

Curiosity did NOT Kill the (HR Lady’s) Cat author: Robin Schooling – submitted by KateeVanHorn – “A post that made me happy to see — which I sent to a few “busy” colleagues.”

The World Needs More Balcony People author: Jennifer McClure – submitted by Mary Faulkner“I love this post because to me, Jennifer is the ULTIMATE balcony person. I wouldn’t have a blog without her encouragement. I wouldn’t be tweeting without her. I wouldn’t have met the amazing online community of HR people I know count as second family without her in my corner. It was a twist of fate that allowed me to meet her, and I’m so happy I did. If more people had a Jennifer McClure in there corner, the world would be a better place. And if you use this post, make sure you tell Jennifer, ‘Because of you, my life was changed.’ (She’ll get it.)”

Social Media For HR – Now & Next [Interview With Laurie Ruettimann] author: Jennifer McClure – submitted by KateeVanHorn ”This one from Jennifer McClure is good and features Laurie R; one to motivate HR folks to do more socially.”

Given Firstauthor: Steve Browne – submitted by Jennifer Miller“I have many favorite HR writers, so it’s tough to choose just one post. The post Given First by Steve Browne encapsulates what I admire most about Steve: he is relentlessly positive, even though he’s a practitioner in a field that’s often maligned. It would be easy to become jaded, but instead, Steve (head of HR for a restaurant chain) chooses to put forth a positive (but realistic) view of HR in the trenches.”

My Ninja…author: William Tincup – submitted by: Robin Schooling “William is just absolutely one of my favorite writers; I could link to almost every post he’s ever written. This one, however, has stuck with me for 5 years. Workarounds…at work. Truly.”