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HR trend watch: Wearable tech and risk

November 24, 2014

To those of us who prowl the tech pages every day, it’s no surprise that the future of wearables brings corporate risk in new forms. It’s been a long time coming and now it’s here: wearable tech and litigation. Trends always balance upon the intended and unintended uses of every technology and scientific development. Simply because one cannot imagine it, does not mean it cannot happen. [Ominous, but true.]

With regard to wearable tech in the workplace, consider the implications of the following: Read more…

It’s all about their brand: Mattel and more Barbie FAIL

November 23, 2014

Recently, I mused over Mattel’s Barbie FAIL in context of attracting and retaining girls to STEM. Well, Mattel has apologized – sort of…turns out that it’s all about their brand:

“The portrayal of Barbie in this specific story doesn’t reflect the Brand’s vision for what Barbie stands for.” (CNET, 2014)

Really. Really?? [ugh] Read more…

Data greed in content marketing: This tradition should quickly fade away!

November 21, 2014

Have you ever downloaded a case study or white paper? Was the process relatively easy? Were you annoyed at any point? Did you get so annoyed that you abandoned the process before you even got your hands on the information? Been there.

Here’s the scene: I see a link on Twitter that displays a great headline for a brand new white paper and I’m inspired. I click the link where I am prompted for my name and my email address and the screen happily says “read this white paper now!” So far so good… Read more…

Attracting girls to STEM…Barbie FAIL

November 21, 2014

An article on Gizmodo sums it up (albeit with some NSFW comments) highlighting the weirdness of “efforts” to attract girls to STEM. The story goes that Barbie decides to become a computer engineer, however, she apparently has taken up a rather codependent/insecure viewpoint of herself and/or her abilities:

OK, what?? Read more…

The workplace sabotage virus: Eradicate, re-cultivate, be awesome!

October 14, 2014
Sabotage #6 by Stefan, CC

Sabotage #6 by Stefan, CC

Workplace sabotage often happens to the idealistic but sometimes it happens to the more realistic among us. What to do?

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Microsoft CEO’s remarks: Oops, did I say that out loud?

October 12, 2014
Jedi mind tricks feeble





Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, abruptly backtracked after “suggesting women in tech shouldn’t ask for raises but instead rely on ‘good karma.’ He now wants to lead the tech industry in gender equality” (Kerr, 2014, para. 1).

Satya: you are definitely the wrong guy for the job. 

I can only imagine the justified panic within Microsoft’s organization. Nadella’s telling remarks have likely caused Microsoft’s social capital to plummet. My attitude shifted from shock to amusement as I imagined the CEO’s inner dialogue:

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Do you recruit like Cyclops?

October 12, 2014
Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, Public Domain
Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, Public Domain

Myopic: [mahy-op-ik], adjective

1. Ophthalmology: pertaining to or having myopia; nearsighted.
2. Unable or unwilling to act prudently; shortsighted.
3. Lacking tolerance or understanding; narrow-minded.



Think about how your organization approaches recruiting…are you open minded? Do processes reflect organizational imagination? Are those involved able to recognize and appreciate potential? Are you in denial?

If thinking about these things causes you to squirm a little, that’s OK. There’s hope.

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