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Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series Again, Nietzsche and Other HR Thoughts

Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series Again, Nietzsche and Other HR Thoughts

by Frank Roche on October 22, 2009

in KnowHR

That’s a video of Jayson Werth hitting a 3-run homer last night in the Philadelphia Phillies 10-4 thrashing of the Los Angeles Dodgers. For the second year in a row, the Phillies are going to play in the World Series. Some of you may remember that I predicted that the Phils would win the Series even before they had won the NLCS. Well, I’m four wins from being right. Wouldn’t it be great if we in HR spent more time winning and less time worrying about what others said about our limitations? I mean, the Phillies are the defending world champions for crying out loud, but they still were forced to play some of their playoff games in non-primetime slots. No respect. Still, they kicked ass. HR can, too.

Which made me think about HR naysayers. (Exercising my right to have adult ADD. Look! There’s a shiny object!)

HR is Dead. Long Live HR.
I must say that I’m weary of the ersatz Nietzsches and their declarations about HR:

HR is dead. HR remains dead. And we have killed it. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become HR simply to appear worthy of it?

HR isn’t dead. Not in my book. Mike VanDervort and I will be guests on Steve Boese’s HR Happy Hour radio program to talk about it. If you have thoughts about the death of HR, you can call in at 8PM EST on October 29, 2009. Here’s the number: (646) 378-1086.

HR and PR
You know what HR gets right? Nearly everything? You know what HR gets wrong? Not knowing how to talk about doing things right. I mean, HR gets people in the door. HR handles the single biggest expense that most companies have — pay and benefits. HR provides training and development for managers. Hell, HR gets people paid right every single pay period. HR supports operations and sales and finance and accounting and R&D. HR needs some PR, not carping. That’s like if someone cooks you a meal every night, and then at the end of the year you complain because you don’t like mashed potatoes. Suck it up dude. And if you want to bitch, come up with some answers about how to make it work.

HR Annual Report
Here’s my big idea for the day: HR needs an annual report. I’m putting one together now. Want to get in on a little of that action for free? Send me a note at frank dot roche [AT] ifractal dot com.

Go Phillies. (Look, another shiny object.)

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