Seth Godin has a strong piece up today on the mindset shift taking place in the "human resources" functions of large organizations. Seth:
"Like it or not, in most organizations HR has grown up with a
forms/clerical/factory focus. Which was fine, I guess, unless your goal
was to do something amazing, something that had nothing to do with a
factory, something that required amazing programmers, remarkable
marketers or insanely talented strategy people.
So, here’s my small suggestion, one that will make some uncomfortable.
Change the department name to Talent."
This change is already taking place. For example, this past fall the Future of Talent conference raised key issues in the areas of how social networking is affecting organizations and the talent within.