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Nobel prize winning economist, Joseph E. Stiglitz, in an article entitled ‘Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%’ in the May edition of Vanity Fair, paints a frightening picture about the future of America.
And you know what they say about what happens in America....
We’ve been lucky. Yes, now and then some of our good honest community (now 500 plus – or one a day - without a penny of Google ads) have experienced blips (errors) that we’ve pounced on like dogs to a bone, but on the whole – even in Alpha candidate (which means so young that we actually don’t want the whole world jumping on us all at once) – we’ve had a steady calm trip.
19 videos, of a total viewing pleasure length of 25 hours, the University of Chicago has filmed (Spring 2010) and now just released on You Tube an entire lecture course on Human Capital by the very inventor of the subject – and Nobel Prize winner for his toils - Gary Becker.
A meet-cute is a romcom convention where 2 people meet and fall in love in a really unusual or offbeat way. You know, bumbling boy runs into out of his league girl, pick up school books, eyes meet...The idea is that in film, there’s no time for all the often painfully dull pre meeting stuff: they have to get together quick and in an entertainingly new way (undiscovered geek beauty runs into out of her league jock, pick up school shin pads, eyes meet. When you next see a Hugh Grant (does he make films anymore?) or Sandra Bullock film, spot the deliberate meet-cute for yourself.
Aside from deleting a few mails on my phone and replying to one key email (from the CEO), this Christmas I left my inbox to fill as the stocking and beer emptied. Putting off the inevitable of course. Not that it took as long as I thought – it’s surprising how fast you can slash and burn an inbox when your mind itches to actually start work again.
There have been many criticisms about the state of the banks and their bonus system following on from the global financial crisis. Every year bankers receive huge piles of cash regardless of how the rest of the economy is performing.
2011 is the year when Human Capital went from fuzzy conceptual accessory to business must have. Google are all over it to stop their geniuses jumping to Groupon. AC Milan to keep their footballers playing till their 90. NASA to recruit astronauts capable of reaching for the moon. Tesco to ensure those tills keep ringing. Well, every little bit of people data helps.
Do Amazing Things in 2011 is a collection of short, actionable ideas – things you can do in 2011 to become a better HR professional. Chris Ferdinandi, from the excellent blog RenegadeHR.net, asked 21 of HR’s leading thinkers and doers – including Lance Haul, Ben Eubanks, Lisa Rosendahl, Daniel Crosby etc - to share their ideas and insights. There are some clear trends: Collaboration. Innovation. Passion. Growth.
Company reports don’t report people. People like you and me. Employees. Staff. Workers. Labourers. Who we are. What we do. What we think. What we know. What we bring – and, as Drucker famously noted, take home at night. Human capital – a company’s greatest asset – and as such greatest liability, as we know full well post GFC – doesn’t get so much as a column inch between the financial tables.