I’m nervous because in Humanize, we do get up in the face of Human Resources a bit. In chapter three, we make the case that organizations today are too deeply rooted in the machine way of thinking, and that’s holding us back. In our quest for the efficiency of mechanical “best practices,” we fall short in the more dynamic (and more powerful) capacity for innovation. Specifically, we point to three practices, widespread among today’s organizations, that are expressly NOT effective because they have machine DNA–and human resource management is one of them. Much of what is done in HR has not seen real innovation in decades. From our hiring process to assumptions about organizational structure, HR seems much better at the “we’ve always done it that way” approach than real management innovation. So in the end, I’m nervous about what kind of reaction I’ll get to Humanize in that community. Will they embrace my challenge to innovate?