Category Archives: Cup o’ Joe

Industry expert and AspireHR president, Joe Hillesheim shares his views and insights on a wide variety of topics and issues.

Believing in Best Practices isn’t like believing Santa Claus.

Believing in Best Practices isn’t like believing Santa Claus.  They aren’t some nebulous concept only to be trotted out on special occasions in front of a group of executives who want to believe, but whose experience with consulting firms tells … Continue reading

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“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate”

Like the sadistic prison guard in the movie Cool Hand Luke who told his prisoners, “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate,” project managers often do not attribute unrealized plans, missed goals and unsuccessful projects to a lack of … Continue reading

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Declaration of Independence (ahem, Declaration of HR Consulting)

When in the course of human resources events, it becomes necessary for a client and a consulting company to forge the professional bands which connect them with another through a shared vision for SAP HR, and to assume among the … Continue reading

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Summer should be simple

Regardless of your age, summer should be a simple time. No week-long meetings, piles of paperwork, or office intrigue. As an adult, a summertime mindset is a hard thing to achieve. The work world doesn’t let us daydream about fishing … Continue reading

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The zombie apocalypse has begun!

In fact, it’s been going on for years now and no one noticed.  The living dead aren’t fast zombies, slow zombies, or even rage zombies.  There was no cataclysmic event or zombie plague.  There wasn’t even an outbreak of cannibalism.  … Continue reading

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Welcome to another episode of rambling thoughts from yours truly

A couple of weeks ago, I was at an international Rugby 7’s tournament (basically, it’s American Football without the pads). It was a real mish-mash of countries playing, from Fiji to Russia to the U.S. (Yes, the U.S. has a … Continue reading

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Bring your project in for a smooth landing

As a pilot, spring weather can always be challenging, as cold fronts move through you find yourself landing on Runway 33 instead of on Runway 15 while circumnavigating thunderstorms. Between checking the TAFs (Terminal Area Forecasts) and bad turbulence, it … Continue reading

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Deploying an SAP HCM solution inside a global company

One of the more interesting aspects of my role with AspireHR is working with clients in different countries with different languages and cultural values. I always find it intriguing as to what is permissible in one country versus what is … Continue reading

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March Madness

The thing about March Madness is that once you work out who will triumph over who, you start to see brackets everywhere. Don’t know about dinner? Vacillating between vacation options? Or do you have more pressing, work-related questions like choosing … Continue reading

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And the Go-Live Award goes to…

Go-Lives should be like the Academy Awards. After all, implementations are a lot like putting together a major motion picture. There are lead roles, supporting roles, casting, soundtracks, directors/project managers, and sometimes best costumes. At the end of a project … Continue reading

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