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The 10 trends in human resources for 2010

What lies in store for people management in the coming year? In this post, I’d like to share those ideas which I think will have the greatest impact on human resources management this year. Of course, some of these ideas will be more appropriate for some sectors than for others; and only time will tell if these predictions turn out to be prescient…

1. Leadership 2.0: A new style of people management, more open and less distant, is gradually making headway. The creation of this new culture is being helped by Web 2.0 applications that focus on cooperation, new ways of perceiving value in companies, and the presence of a digitally literate workforce. However, this culture change will not be achieved primarily because of technology, but because of a different conception of managing people; in particular, a more cooperative, transparent and less distant type of leadership. As happened with Internet at the beginning, some companies will be quick to embrace new styles of management facilitated by technological advances, while others will be mere passive observers. When we talk about a 2.0. approach, we do not just mean having a blog (!), but far more profound changes in management style.

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Swine flu, the crisis, and black swans

Twenty-five centuries ago, the Greek dramatist Euripides remarked: “The expected does not happen, it’s the unexpected which comes to pass”. This is indeed often the case, both in the economic and social realm. All of a sudden, unexpected events occur which radically change our outlook and leave profound consequences.

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Why speak about fear

People sometimes ask me why I decided to write a book about fear. It all goes back to 1998 when I was writing my doctoral thesis about knowledge management (which ended up being about talent management). What really intrigued me at the time was to get to the bottom of why people don’t share everything they know. Back then the buzz words were databases, technology, quality and, yes, people management.

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