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People Equation

  • 7 Reasons Leaders Should Focus on Developing Employee Soft Skills
    Why are we still talking about the importance of leaders developing employee soft skills? Here’s why: the more that automation in all of its forms become part of our daily work lives, the more we need to bring to bear the one thing that a machine w…
    - 8 days ago, 9 Apr 18, 10:30am -
  • Lead Like a Human, Not a Manager
    In today’s fast-paced world of business is it possible to bring humanity back to leadership? A new book backed by research and co-authored by a Harvard Business Review contributor aims to answer that question for you. In The Mind of the Leader: How…
    - 35 days ago, 13 Mar 18, 10:30am -
  • Leadership Tips for Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace
    “I asked you here today to let you know where I’ve been for the past month. I was in a mental health facility.” So began a conversation with a colleague that I admired tremendously. His confession surprised me; we had worked on a long-term proj…
    - 43 days ago, 5 Mar 18, 11:30am -

Performance I Create

  • Bringing HR Back: The King’s Speech
      The top HR stories over the past 18 months have been sexual harassment and pay equality. Since I have written about sexual harassment at length I want to write a bit more about pay equality. You know the statistics, women (white women) take home a…
    - 13 days ago, 4 Apr 18, 2:11pm -
  • Bringing HR Back: Seven Seconds
      No matter what you see on the Twitters, HR’s reputation is in jeopardy right now. We got issues. We are taking a beating with all of the #MeToo stories of sexual harassment and even rape that goes on in the workplace. The latest organization is…
    - 15 days ago, 2 Apr 18, 1:30pm -
  • Break The System
    At the tail end of women’s history month and three months into a year that saw #metoo , I am excited that we are finally breaking down the system that is designed to repress women simply because they are women. This system, patriarchy, may promise…
    - 22 days ago, 26 Mar 18, 1:16pm -

The Chief People Officer

  • If You’re Not Young You’re Too Old
    That’s what workers over 50 are made to think. The workplace values Millennials over experienced workers. Ageism is an unspoken yet real workplace issue. Twenty percent of workers in the U.S. is 55 or older. Sixty-four percent claim they have exper…
    - 14 days ago, 3 Apr 18, 3:04pm -
  • Live and Work with Perspective
    We all need perspective in our lives before we start our work day.  Perspective helps us understand how important daily issues really are in the whole scheme of life.  The issues and life events around us scream for our attention each day. Natural…
    - 29 Sep 17, 12:00pm -
  • A Question of Control
    The level of control a company wields over an employee has often been a concern of mine.  When an employee receives a paycheck for work performed, should they be expected to give up a certain amount of their God-given freedoms? I have found great co…
    - 27 Sep 17, 12:00pm -

Leadership Freak

  • newDealing with Destructive Leadership
    Wise leaders give and receive correction. Incompetent leaders tear down and poison relationships. Correction cp. criticism: Correction builds up. Criticism tears down. Correction looks to the future. Criticism camps in the past. Correction… Continu…
    - 5 hours ago, 17 Apr 18, 10:58am -
  • newTwo Ways To Be Less Critical and More Positive
    Critics point out what’s wrong but neglect how to improve.  Two reasons leaders are critical of others: #1. You assume people have negative motives. He’s late because he’s lazy. She didn’t smile because… Continue reading →
    - 16 hours ago, 16 Apr 18, 11:53pm -
  • newHow to be Judged 132% More Effective as a Leader
    Negative environments are built by default. 50% of our emotional vocabulary describes negative emotion. 30% describes positive emotion. 20% is neutral. Robert Schrauf You have more words for negative energy than positive emotion. The… Continue rea…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Apr 18, 1:03pm -

Ask a Manager

  • newmy boss won’t stop posting fake news and false memes on our company Facebook
    A reader writes: I work for a small charity and report directly to our founder/president. We have a contractor for our Twitter and Instagram accounts, but our president refuses to hand over our Facebook pages to anyone. Lately, he’s started postin…
    - 1 hour ago, 17 Apr 18, 2:59pm -
  • newmy boss keeps trying to use my car, coworker says I need a makeover, and more
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. My boss, who I live with, keeps trying to use my company car When I interviewed for a position, I was told that I would be given a car and lodging while working, since I was relocating for a sho…
    - 12 hours ago, 17 Apr 18, 4:03am -
  • newget a signed copy of the new Ask a Manager book
    Thinking of getting the new Ask a Manager book, Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work? If you pre-order now, you can sign up for a free signed bookplate here. (Details are at…
    - 22 hours ago, 16 Apr 18, 5:59pm -

Three Star Leadership

  • newBusiness Book Classic: The Leadership Challenge
    One of the prides of my library is my copy of The Leadership Challenge: How to Get Extraordinary Things Done in Organizations by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, which I bought back in 1987. It’s a 1st edition...
    - 22 hours ago, 16 Apr 18, 6:00pm -
  • newBoss’s Tip of the Week: Study leaders
    There are two ways to study leadership. You can read books and articles about leadership. Or you can observe leaders and read books and articles about leaders. Learning from actual leaders, especially ones you can...
    - 2 days ago, 15 Apr 18, 6:00pm -
  • Weekend Leadership Reading: 4/13/18
    Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular work days. That’s a sure road to burnout. Take time to refresh yourself. Take time for something different. Take...
    - 4 days ago, 13 Apr 18, 6:00pm -

A Leading Perspective

  • Networking, Inspiration, and Education; Preparing for #SHRM17
    It’s springtime and for many of us, this means rebirth, growth and perhaps even “new life.”  All around us, we see the signs. Before we know it, life will literally be buzzing around us. As HR professionals, we see this transformation in our w…
    - 20 Mar 17, 6:29pm -
  • 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…
    - 24 Nov 16, 1:34am -
  • Does this country need more HR professionals?

    - 15 Jul 16, 11:50pm -
  • 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…
    - 20 Jun 16, 12:20am -
  • 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…
    - 17 Jun 16, 9:43pm -
  • 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 -