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Mark Hammer commented on Emily Jarvis's blog post 'Are You Happy? Clap Along If You Feel Like Gov Is For You'
"My ongoing concern for users of such surveys, in any jurisdiction, at any level of government, in any nation, is that they tend to get viewed in terms of individual item results, rather than in a more sophisticated contextually-sensitive way to…"
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Posted on January 23, 2014 at 4:41pm 0 Comments

I was reminded the other day, at a symposium our agency put on for HR staff across government, how important what I like to call “the epistemological challenge” can be.  What do I mean by “the epistemological challenge”?  Essentially, all the obstacles that exist to knowing, in a deep sense, what one wishes to know.  Those obstacles could be with respect to the recency of some type of information, the comprehensiveness, integratedness, or scope of that information, the validity or…


Hats (and helmets) off to Gary Trudeau

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 10:46am 0 Comments

A recent spate of suicides in Canadian vets from the Afghanistan campaign has drawn attention to the role and challenge of PTSD in vets.  Canadian Senator Romeo Dallaire, former head of UN troops during the Rwandan genocide, and the subject of the film/book "Shake Hands With the Devil", crashed his car the other day, after having his own PTSD aggravated by news of these suicides, and spending several days without sleep as a result.

It is within this context that I have to doff my cap…


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At 10:35am on July 19, 2013, Priscilla Anderson said…

Thanks for your additional comments Mark, very helpful!

At 11:32am on June 10, 2011, Jeff Ribeira said…
At 6:01pm on January 23, 2009, Mark Danielson said…
Hi Mark,

Thanks again for your insight. I always look for your comments. May you have a weekend to remember! -MD
At 3:26pm on January 11, 2009, Mark Danielson said…

I just read your Dec. 22nd engagement analysis again. That's a nice piece of work. I believe also that it starts at the beginning, with the person hired.

I like the X-box idea and the four times as much as they are worth. Value. Return. What is responsibility. But here then value, return?

Like a Jeopardy answer: You need to respond with a question - Who is, where is, when is, what is... responsibility. Great stuff Mark. Thank you.
At 12:35pm on December 3, 2008, Michael Audelo said…
No worries Mark. There is private sector and there are those of that came out of public sector selection to work for companies that work only with the public sector.

I have had that privledge in that I came out law enforcement to HR selection then to Applicant Tracking and Testing software for the Public Sector.

PeopleAdmin works with only higher education, non-profit organizations and governemnt so my addition to the team was a good fit.

If we should ever get to work together or you have contacts at one of our Canadian customers you may want to look into attending our annual user conference in Austin. This is usually held for 3 days in March and is attended by over 70% of our customer base. I am sure your friend would love to see you.
At 12:13pm on December 3, 2008, Michael Audelo said…
Hi Mark:

While PeopleAdmin is based in Austin (a great City), there are several of us that have the priviledge of working remotely. I am fortunate to consult for the Government Solutions Section from my home office in Tucson, AZ. In addition to being great place to live for 18 years, Tucson is conveniently located to access government colleagues throughout the U.S. and Canada.

We are also fortunate to have clients and an additional datacenter in Canada.
At 5:16pm on December 2, 2008, Michael Audelo said…
Yes, IPMAAC and IPMA are having a joined conference in Nashville. This should prove interesting as IPMAAC reorganizes.

Nashville is a great city and should be lots of fun.
At 4:40pm on December 2, 2008, Michael Audelo said…
Hi Mark:

It was great meeting you at IPMAAC in Oakland, CA this past year. This group is in for real treat as Mark provides insightful comments on a variety of HR topics.
At 9:05pm on November 27, 2008, Mark Danielson said…
What a terrific response to Celia's question Mark. Thank you for your insight and tools. Happy Thanksgiving again. MD
At 2:42pm on November 27, 2008, Mark Danielson said…
Welcome to the HR Group Mark. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.


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