Project Management

2 Great HR Challenges

Kevin Coleman is a highly skilled senior level project and program manager/advisor with experience leading projects with labor budgets ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars to multi-million dollar budgets across multiple industries.

If program and project management was not challenging enough, an existing challenge is about to dramatically increase for the next several years. HR management is a very complex topic these days. Many organizations have two (I know of one that has three) generations currently employed. What is interesting is that they are still seeking talented staff.

Recent discussions with an associate prompted this article. All of us were together at a premiere management consulting firm in the early 1990s. We looked back at our professional lives in what was known as the “Big 8” and a bit later the “Big 6” after a couple of mergers. We all agreed that things have certainly changed since we were all together. There are many positive things and a few shocking and not-so-positive developments in the mental models and attitudes of new entrants into the workforce.

Questions from a new hire
My former colleague called me when he was traveling in my area just to catch up. During that conversation, he could not help but comment on the dramatic changes that have taken place from when we worked together at a primer management consulting firm and now.

He told me about a recent conversation he had with that a professional consulting firm’s space planner. In that conversation, she had talked about a new hire’s conversation with her. In that conversation, the …


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