For those of you who don't know it, I'm a runner! However, the other day I headed out and found myself going straight into a strong head wind. At times, it seemed that no matter how hard and fast I tried to run, it felt like I wasn't moving at all. Not a great feeling – expending all that effort and energy and not moving forward. And yet, that's often how we can feel at work. We're working hard and putting in long hours but it feels like things are just not moving how we want them to.
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It seems we are once again learning that the traditional saying, "what you see is what you get" is simply no longer the case. For instance, news reports focusing on the recent meat scandal in Europe identified that packages of frozen beef burgers actually contained unlabeled horse meat. While horse meat isn't necessarily harmful to one's health, eating it is taboo in some countries while in many other cultures, horse meat is just not viewed as acceptable ingredient. This incident seems to be just scratching the surface as other analyses have reporting finding pig DNA in beef burgers.
While the question, "What is wrong with the world?" certainly has great relevance with the recent Boston Marathon, this question was once asked of English writer G.K. Chesterton who was invited by The Times, along with several eminent authors, to write an essay addressing this topic. I'll get to his answer later, but I am sure we've all at one time or another asked this question of ourselves, our political and/or our religious leaders. It can certainly appear that it is the responsibility of our elected or spiritual leadership to cure the ills of the world but this can be a rather limited approach.
It can be challenging in any environment to secure the budget for a capital project such as an HRIS. Our HRIS partner - Onyva HR Software - shared a few strategies that can help you earn stakeholder support and ultimately, get the investment budget you need. Read their six tips for achieving buy-in, support and budget for your project.
We all participate in teams in some aspect of our job or personal life. We all understand that the function of a team is to accomplish the results or achieve the goal that it sets out to achieve. It sounds simple, a little pre-planning, find the right people with the right skills, define the goal and let the rest take care of itself. Why then in sports, do we so often see that the best teams 'on paper' fail to achieve their goal of winning the championship? Why then in business, do we so often find teams that fail to achieve what they set out to do when they have the right people and resources?