Welcome one and welcome all to the Thanksgiving Dinner Carnival of HR. I trust you are all wearing loose, comfortable clothing and that you have arrived with your tummies rumbling, begging to be filled with all kinds of give-thanks goodness. And so, let the gluttony commence:

From Frank Mulligan, a sobering reminder of how much some nations have lost in the current crisis, and what we as HR professionals must do in communicating the company’s direction.

Chips ‘n’ Dips
Kelly Dingee over at Fistful of Talent really gets into the spirit of Thanksgiving with her post on Paying It Forward when sourcing talent. As she says: “Thanksgiving is ‘my’ holiday – truly an awesome time to look around and see how lucky I am and how I can help others …”

Something lethal with an umbrella
A fascinating post from Guatam Ghosh following his attendance at a training programme on … training. What really matters, what do you measure, and how do we evolve to make training a central strategic tool for our companies?

Soup Course

From Susan Heathfield over at About.com, a gentle reminder not to lose yourself in all the ebb and flow of the current workplace tides: “I am a fierce advocate of periodically assessing your goals and direction. You deserve more than a purposeless life.” Lovely, lovely post with a sharp dash of practicality.

Team Doc Denise O’Berry on dealing with a dispersed team – what if they can’t see each other and trust and respect suffers as a result? Denise, as ever, has some intriguing ideas.

Pointy-brained Alvaro takes the human capital concept from the world of work to a whole new level with this post on ageing societies. The ‘Longevity Dividend’ – a great concept, beautifully articulated here by Alvaro.

Paul-the-tune-setter Hebert submits an atom bomb of a post from Fistful of Talent – it’s not just enough for HR to have a seat at the table, we have to know what to do with it, how we can make a difference and when to speak up.

Sweet Potatoes
Wally Bock’s core thoughts on managing in a downturn. He says that lessons about what’s worked in previous downturns [“History may not repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme!”] can only take you so far. Wally offers his insights into those tactics, but also the things that will make this downturn different and what that means for you. Make sure you click through to get his superb and pithy “Managing Headcount in a Downturn” report too.

Cranberry Sauce
Nina Simosko on getting in touch with our inner child. I heard Hans Rosling say that the two categories of people who least like being told anything are Chief Executives and children – because both groups are convinced they know everything anyway. Nina’s solution is to put the two in a room together and see what the leaders can learn from the kids

Green Beans
Dan McCarthy on how to write top-notch Individual Development Plans for yourself and your subordinates. Clear and immediately applicable advice here, well worth the effort.

The ever-gracious Liz Handlin gently reminds us how to make a CV/Résumé less subjective and more specific … when you are the subject. HR professionals are just as guilty of this as anyone – so physician, heal thyself!

Mashed Potato

Eclectipundit with a very insightful take on the erosion of the ‘old-fashioned’ values from business. He says: “So shoot me – even HR types get depressed” but I think he’s absolutely on the nail with this post. If the sole measure of success is the almighty dollar, it’s not much of a world and not much of a life, is it? It’s just as well the Eclectic one chooses to remain anonymous – it’s posts like these that get your head chopped off for pointing out that the Emperor is buck nekkid!

Are you a strategic stalwart or are you nimble and ready to adapt to market circumstances? Stacy at Strategic Workforce Planning wonders can you change/fold/bend/spindle/mutilate your talent strategy according to market shifts? And if you do, does that make you a flip-flopper?

Waldorf Salad
Ann Bares dissects the Mercer report on Performance Management and adds her two cents and them some. Performance Management is often described as the great insoluble problem of the HR world, but Ann, as a self-described masochist, is happy to push that particular boulder up a cliff …

Deb with some great thoughts on Guy Kawasaki’s post about layoffs. Keeping productivity and morale up in the face of mass layoffs is extremely challenging and Deb has some sound advice on doing the simple things right.

Brussel Sprouts

A post to put pep in your step over at Career Encourager asking us to define our own bell curve. What is mediocrity? Are you measuring it accurately in your working life or has the media skewed your perceptions? And what practical steps can you take to overcome your fears of mediocrity?

A fine wine of your choice
Jessica Lee with a whole mittful of perspective on the subject of exit interviews over at Fistful of Talent. And what, pray tell, put this topic in her head? “This has certainly been on my mind lately as I see the news of thousands of people getting laid off. And in Washington DC, I also am seeing a huge shift in our workforce as a new presidential administration comes to town.”

A little sorbet to cleanse the palate?
Prasad O. Kurian with an intriguing morality tale – if memory serves, Lewis Carroll didn’t have any HR Business Partners with a seat at the table at the Mad-Hatter’s tea party. Be careful what you wish for and make sure you know what shape of a peg you are …

Pumpkin Pie
Carol Morrison over at Trendwatcher with a clear-sighted view on building employee engagement and resilience in ‘interesting’ times.

Apple Pie
Mark Stelzner from Inflexion Point has just come back from a journey. Along the way he met with many senior leaders who fell into two broad categories – sea horses and sea monkeys. Great analogy – which are you?

Pecan Pie
Michael Moore gives us the heads-up on the new Federal requirement that US Government contractors and sub-contractors must begin using the E-Verify system to confirm work eligibility for new employees and those assigned to new contract work from mid January 2009. The full regulation is linked from the post.

Great fun with Ryan Johnson who received an email about the appointment of a “Global Director of Simplification.” Cool job title – but Ryan starts asking he questions that matter.

Petit fours – a waffer-theen meent
Lil ol’ Me on the topic of the single most important skill in business.

A Fine Cognac

Mr Wade is still recovering, but his output continues unabated. Scary, scary man. I thought you might enjoy his current reading list.
My spam filter squirrelled away Chris Young’s excellent post on recession-proofing your job in a wobbly economy. Think of it as the turkey sandwich of posts – still warm, late in the evening, nice crispy lettuce, home-made mayonnaise … yummy!

And Susanna squeaked in during the coffees for a chat and a sing-song by the fire – so her post on the so-called death of blogging is the hot chocolate before bed.

Night all!