Just Been Fired!!!!Oh No

So you have just had the unfortunate news that you have been fired, what now? First things first do you have your employee handbook? It’s probably under a pile of old papers in a desk drawer or at home in the office but it would be wise to find it. Everyone should do their due…

The Paradox of Control and Creativity in Organizations

Originally posted on Oliver S. Crocco:
One of the seminal texts of Human Systems Change is The Social Psychology of Organizations by Daniel Katz and Robert Kahn published in 1966 and again in 1978. In short, the book is about Open Systems Theory, which says organizations are open to being affected by their external environments and…

Encouragement….A free but great gift!

We are all busy, we all have goals and deadlines but sometimes just take a moment out to just encourage someone. Tell them you believe in them, tell them not to give in to fear. Tell them you love them and appreciate them.  You might never know the true effect of your words but they…

PTF Book Review “THE ALCHEMIST” by Paul Coelho

This will be my first of many book reviews. I figure we can all learn together and recommend books to one another. First off let me say this is a very easy book to read and I enjoyed it. It is truly a book that will take a 2nd and 3rd reading to fully digest….

HR Leaders Pay Attention!

This article written by Ram Charan has very strong views that might offend many of us that work in HR, especially HR Directors. I wanted to take the time to read this to form my own opinion and one thing is for certain, HR we are on notice! If we want more power in the…

PATIENCE! Your Age Is Just A Number!

So you aren’t exactly where you think you should be huh? Not married or not CEO yet? You haven’t saved made your first million or achieved the goals you wrote down on your vision board and New Year’s resolutions yet? We are all working towards goals in many areas but why so stressed? Who so…

Allow Me to Re-Introduce Myself……..

I know a few of you might glance at the blog and might not be quite sure who I am exactly or what’s the purpose of this blog. I am Edward Balfour and I am currently an active duty HR Specialist for the Army National Guard and owner of Harden Consulting. I created this blog…

So You Want To Get In To HR!

Congrats! You have made one of the biggest but wonderful decisions in your life, your career and you want it to be in Human Resources. Good for you now HERE comes the hard part actually getting a job in HR. This process and length may not be the same for everyone but let me give…