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Can Those HR People Help Us Build Our Tanks?

October 19, 2011
I had dinner with my friend, an engineer whose firm produces military equipment used by our Armed Forces. He's project-focused and detailed-oriented. His daughter will soon graduate from college and has shown an aptitude for human resources. She's smart, has a great sense of people and sound judgment. She will go far. He's kidded me about the profession for some time, so I asked him about the irony, and he made a sound like Darth Vader's Imperial March theme music.
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Lesson from Las Vegas: Bet on a Bigger Staff

October 7, 2011
I admit that one night at a hotel is not a lot to go on. And I may be a picky guest. But I think my one-day stay at Mandalay Bay may contain a lesson in workforce planning for the Vegas resort and other companies wrestling with uneven business demand.
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Losing Our Religion

September 28, 2011
R.E.M. just broke up. It's an occasion for mourning not just the end of the pop band's 31-year run, but the decline of lasting teamwork in our society.
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