Carnival of HR: Cyber Monday Edition

November 21, 2012
By Eric B. Meyer on November 21, 2012 7:00 AM |

Cyber MondayHi there.

To the two of you who are reading this today, welcome. And hello to the rest of you who are three drumsticks to the wind, joining us on Monday between incognito searches in office of Amazon.com's Cyber Monday Deals.

(I won't tell...)

But check it. While you browse back and forth on the qt, I'll fill you up after the jump with leftover sweet-potato casserole dozens of great posts from some of the best HR bloggers around. And since it's the season of giving, I'll even hook you up with some shopping deals too.

It's the Carnival of HR: Cyber Monday Edition!

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Ben Eubanks, blogging at UpstartHR takes on the question, "Why do you keep hiring poor job candidates?" Hey, we all know that bad hires happen. But, bad tires shouldn't. Get up to $100 in mail-in rebates when you purchase a set of four (4) select Pirelli brand winter / snow tires.

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Mike McCarty at Safe Hiring Solutions offers "4 Reasons You Should Be Conducting Background Checks." One reason is that criminal background checks are time sensitive. And speaking of time, how about up to 80% off sleek new watch inventory?

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Dan McCarthy at Great Leadership By Dan provides you with "10 Questions and Answers for Managers about Praise." Hey, I have a question. "Where can I get a NCAA hat for $8.99?" Just got a promotion. Boom!

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Joseph Fung from TribeHR offers "Introducing the New TribeHR Pay Raise Index and Question of Fair Pay" complete with a handy-dandy infographic featuring pie charts and money trees. Wait, did someone say pie? Act quickly and get 25% off this vintage ceramic pie knife.  

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Andrew Tarvin at Humor That Works shares how to reduce stress with these self-massage techniques for the workplace. Self-massage is ok and all. But how about coupon codes for massage chairs!

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John Hunter at Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog offers "Respect for Everyone," where John addresses the two pillars of the Toyota Way: respect for people and continuous improvement. All I have to offer you is a $20 gift card from Best Buy. Winner! 

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Jennifer V. Miller at The People Equation offers a "Surly Name Tent Ice Breaker." Ever lead a meeting where you know the attendees will walk in with resistance or a bad attitude? Don't ignore it - get it out on the table with a unique meeting opener. That'll work. So will this sharp selection of eyeglasses at great savings!

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Nancy Saperstone at Insight Performance has a "Recruiting Tip: Interviewers... You are SELLING." (This Carnival is practically writing itself, isn't it?) Here's 25% off and free shipping from Nike.com.

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Chris Young of Rainmaker Group offers "6 Ways to Do Great Things in Business by Modeling the Beatles." And what better way is there to listen to the Beatles than with this Roku for $59.99.

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Stuart Rudner at the HRReporter reminds us that "Managing is not bullying." Sometimes, however, managing just means blinging like a boss. Wait, does it? Ponder that question while you peruse Amazon.com for up to 70% off jewelry.

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Anita Lettink at Visions for HR asks, "What's on HR's Mind?" Take Anita's poll and then get over 50% off at Crate and Barrel.

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Julie Winkle Giulioni at JulieWinkleGiulioni.com offers up Career Conversation: It All Starts with a Question." Julie believes that career development is one of the most misunderstood management activities, but asking questions can certainly get the ball rolling. And speaking of rolling balls, Bowling.com is having some major Cyber Monday sales too. Steeeeeeeeeeeeeeerike!

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Jesse Lyn Stoner at the Seapoint Center knows "8 Things Collaborative Leaders Know." One of them is that tapping the entire network offers a huge opportunity. Speaking of networks. Did you know what Verizon once bought the hashtag #CyberMonday to promote its deals? Truth!

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(Yikes! I'm running out of places to locate Cyber Monday deals. An hour or so ago, when I started this post, I thought this theme would be a cake walk. Theme over. On to Plan B. Let's play it straight. Res Ipsa Loquitor going forward. Translation: The thing speaks for itself).

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Deb Mills-Scofield at Mills-Scofield in "You've GOT to be Kidding!" touches on the "Petraeus fiasco", noting that "truth is stranger than fiction". However, she brings it around nicely to business and ties it all in with a reminder that we need to be thankful, and to show appreciation for those that we work with.
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Linda Fisher Thornton, who blogs at Leading in Context, posts "Ethics Means Acting Beyond Self Interests." Can we be ethical without considering others and acting in ways that benefit them? Here are some interesting questions and quotes on the subject.
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Melissa Fairman at HR reMix, posts "Now Hiring HR Tech Geeks." By understanding and embracing the digital revolution we can develop employees and organizations that not only keep up with change but make change.
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Ian Welsh at Toolbox.com, posts "Human Resources Freedom Fighters - Justice for ALL!" Do you see HR as freedom fighters? Is it realistic to believe that we can bring greater freedom to employees, greater freedom to management and overall more freedom to focus on results?
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Naomi Bloom at In Full Bloom, posts "Thanks And Giving -- Reflections For Thanksgiving 2012." Life is short, fragile and amazing; live large.
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Lynn Dessert at Elephants at Work, posts "Winning Over a Recruiter: Part 2." Be available. First impressions count. Dress to impress.
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Wendy Appel at Lead Chance blog, posts "Diminish Your Self Critic." For so many of us our self-critic is stronger than our self-worth. But "I Am," is an exercise that can quiet that self-critic.
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John Mertz at Thin Difference, posts "Be a Trust Activist." It's a challenge to leaders to embody and lead with consistency of character. The post suggests that the path of a trust activist isn't the easiest one; it is the best one. It requires a strong soul and clear mind.
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Susan Mazza at Random Acts of Leadership, posts "Talk is Not Cheap." In this post, Susan asks the reader, "What conversations are you engaging in that you believe will help you to be the change you wish to see where you live, where you work, and even in the world?" The post discusses The Lead Change group and our focus on the importance of conversations about leadership.
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The Devon Group, posts "Lessons Learned at Garden State Council SHRM: Part I," which includes a discussion of what makes a bad hire.
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Steven Z. Erlich at SourceCon, posts "Search Engine Results: Providing Engaging Content and a Great Experience," in which he offers some tips for optimizing search and getting your jobs in front of candidates.
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Steven Van Remortel at Stop Selling Vanilla Ice Cream, posts "Being thoughtful in creating your own culture." You set the tone and so be thoughtful in how you want your culture described. Remember, Those Who Plan - PROFIT!