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mike cook

Great column Art and Steve, thanks for having such a great guest adding to this space. By the time I was done reading this piece I could hardly breathe! Everything that Art was underscoring were reasons I left HR 30 years ago. In the corporation where I worked almost everything we did in HR was reactive and tactical. This is not to say that tactical does not have value, it most certainly does. However, often times the people who are drawn to HR, especially those who arrive there through internal transfer are oriented to the tactical.

I fully believe that if we are ever to realize the full advantage of having professionals focused on workforce development that the issue must be attacked on all levels. Vocabulary is one primary area where HR suffers. If we could somehow find ways to split off the salary/benefits/policy administration functions from the strategic planning, OD, staffing functions, both physically and psychologically we might get a good start.

Thanks again for doing such a great job of distinguishing what we are settling for in HR management.

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