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People Equation

  • new10 Years of #HR Posts – Happy Anniversary @CarnivalofHR
    The Carnival of HR is 10 years old today! I starting contributing to the Carnival in 2009. That’s led to connections with countless of really smart minds in the recruiting, talent development and general HR arena. Robin Schooling, a VP of HR is the…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Feb 17, 12:51pm -
  • newImprove Your Decision Making By Doing These Three Things
    Strappy heels or comfy flats? Ivy League or state college? At first glance, one choice is relatively simple, the other more fraught with complex decision-making. Look more closely, and you’ll see that sometimes even the “easy” choices are diffi…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Feb 17, 11:30am -
  • 6 Phrases to Get a Derailed Conversation Back on Track
    My mother always said that the true test of marriage was if a couple could successfully hang wallpaper together. Mr. People Equation and I have that handled. No problem. But engaging in a task that requires me to follow Mr. People Equation’s direct…
    - 10 days ago, 13 Feb 17, 11:30am -

Performance I Create

  • newDiversity Double Dutch, Jump In
    At the close of 2014 I wrote a reflective piece about how one of my childhood dreams inspired me take the annual performance review seriously. As a child, I longed for the ability to jump Double Dutch with such precision and expertise that I could re…
    - 16 hours ago, 22 Feb 17, 1:30pm -
  • newCelebrate Black History: #MalcolmX

    - 2 days ago, 21 Feb 17, 3:15pm -
  • newKeep Calm in the Political Storm
    To be honest, I’ve been feeling a little militant these days. There’s unrest all around us. There’s hatred. There’s a blatant disregard for certain groups of people, their struggles and quite frankly their rights. It’s partially my fault th…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Feb 17, 1:30pm -

The Chief People Officer

  • new2017 List of Great Place to Work Lists
    If you are looking for the definitive list of great place to work lists, this blog post is for you. The People Group’s 2017 List of Great Place to Work Lists has compiled all relevant great workplace award and certification programs. If you are lo…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Feb 17, 5:37pm -
  • 5 Steps to Eliminate Bossholes
    Bossholes are a big problem. An even bigger problem is that CEO’s find the truth hard to believe when one of their lieutenants is accused of bossholing. When employee relations issues negatively impact morale, quality and productivity, some leaders…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Feb 17, 3:55pm -
  • Hiring Fast-Paced Candidates Only
    “You must be able to work in a fast-paced environment,” says the job advertisement. It’s rather amusing when job postings require candidates who work in a hurry. What does that even mean? What does the human resource staffer or hiring manager…
    - 36 days ago, 17 Jan 17, 5:28pm -

Leadership Freak

  • newDon’t Kill Your Big Idea
    We’re doing it again!! 30 more free books!  Last Wednesday’s  book give away did so well, we’re having another!  Leave a comment on this post by 2/25/2017 to become eligible to win one… Continue reading →
    - 17 hours ago, 22 Feb 17, 12:00pm -
  • newRandom Surprise
    A guest post by best selling author Chip Bell. ***** Working with Caesars Palace in Vegas for me debunked myths about the casino world. Slot machines are not influenced by the number of… Continue reading →
    - 1 day ago, 21 Feb 17, 11:03pm -
  • newHow to Be a Leader Others Talk About – in a Good Way
    20  free books! Leave a comment on this post by 2/23/2017 to become eligible to win one of twenty complimentary copies of Chip Bell’s new book, Kaleidoscope. ——— My conversation with bestselling author Chip Bell transformed… Continue re…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Feb 17, 2:45pm -

Ask a Manager

  • newis it weird to have your spouse visit you at your office?
    A reader writes: I recently got a job running a research facility at a university. A few months into the job, my soon-to-be wife mentioned she’d like to come in and see my office. I, however, find this kind of weird. I don’t see anyone else’s s…
    - 10 hours ago, 22 Feb 17, 6:59pm -
  • newhow can I help an employee who suffers from anxiety?
    A reader writes: How can I help an employee who is suffering from anxiety? The employee in question is a very hardworking, very conscientious employee but she suffers from excessive worry and anxiety. This isn’t my diagnosis — she told me she’s…
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Feb 17, 5:30pm -
  • newmy employee tells small lies but is otherwise good at her job
    A reader writes: I manage two clinics, both of which are located in the same building. By necessity, I spend most of my day at the main clinic; I oversee everything, but the nature of the work in the smaller clinic does not require constant clinical…
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Feb 17, 3:59pm -

Three Star Leadership

  • newFrom the Independent Business Blogs: 2/22/17
    Independent business blogs are blogs that aren’t supported by an organization like a magazine, newspaper, company, or business school. Those people provide lots of great content, but they don’t need any...
    - 10 hours ago, 22 Feb 17, 7:00pm -
  • newLeaders and Strategies in Real Life: 2/21/17
    Instead of studying leadership, why not spend some time studying leaders and strategies in the wild? You can learn a lot from leadership experts, but you always see the leader and what he or she does through the...
    - 1 day ago, 21 Feb 17, 7:00pm -
  • newBook Review: Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives by Tim Harford
    I love Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives by Tim Harford for three reasons. The first is that the worst boss I ever had was an absolute clean desk freak. He insisted that your desk should be completely...
    - 2 days ago, 20 Feb 17, 7:00pm -

A Leading Perspective

  • Back Off; It’s Mine! (A tale of missed opportunity)
    “I hope you don’t often feel the breeze of an opportunity passing you by.” Carol Strider (aka Heather’s mom) I was traveling a while ago and overheard someone say, “you did not lose the opportunity; someone simply wanted it more.” I conte…
    - 91 days ago, 24 Nov 16, 1:34am -
  • Does this country need more HR professionals?

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  • Purposeful HR
    I’m here at SHRM16 milling about with thousands of other Human Resource Professionals. I was on a walk last night, proudly wearing my SHRM16 Blogger tshirt, and stepped into a joint to get some water. An employee of the store, referring to my shir…
    - 20 Jun 16, 3:35pm -
  • Get Certified; Stay Certified!
    Years and years ago, I decided I wanted to get certified. This was no small deal; I had been raised in state government and NONE of my peers or supervisors were certified nor did any of them, as far as I could tell, see the value in it. I began the s…
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  • Mindfully Including Howard Ross
    Years ago, I was a member of my local SHRM Chapter and was helping our current president recruit for new Board Members. On one particular year, the Diversity Chair position was vacant and so I offered to help recruit for that position. I had been i…
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  • Open Fire
    Tomorrow would have been my mother’s 74th birthday. Nearly every year, I post something to honor her, whether it be here on the blog or via another medium. I woke up today thinking of my dear mother. Lots of things crossed my sleepy mind such as h…
    - 13 Jun 16, 3:31am -
  • National in our Nation’s Capital
    SHRM16!! It’s right around the corner! Are you going? If so, have you thought about how you’re going to go about it? I know that seems odd but trust me on this one, if you’re going to a national conference of this size, you need to think about…
    - 13 Jun 16, 2:28am -
  • James McDonald; Raising the Bar for Legal Counsel
    SHRM16 is right around the corner and it’s high time you start thinking about what types of sessions you want to attend. Many of you are lucky enough to live and work in a location in which there is a strong and active local SHRM Chapter that offer…
    - 7 Jun 16, 4:47am -
  • What It Means To Be A Consultant
    Some say what you do defines you. Other say you define what you do. I am a consultant. This doesn’t mean I am a narcissist. This doesn’t mean I am smarter than you. This doesn’t mean I have all the answers. This doesn’t mean I can solve all o…
    - 14 Apr 16, 7:16pm -
  • The higher up you get, the more your butt is exposed
    “Want to know what it means? Look it up!” Carolyn Strider (my mom) Don’t you hate it when you’re trying to define a word but you end up using the same word to help define it? My mom would have told me to use the dictionary and/or thesaurus.…
    - 15 Mar 16, 4:06pm -