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People Equation

  • Turn Your Responsibilities into Accomplishments to Land that Dream Job
    My friend Sandra (not her real name) called me up and asked me to review her resume. She was applying for a new job within her organization and hadn’t done the “interview thing” in nearly 10 years. Sandra’s resume showed an impressive series…
    - 28 days ago, 19 Aug 19, 10:30am -
  • Which Stay Interview Questions Work Best?
    This sponsored post is shared with you by Dick Finnegan, CEO of C-Suite Analytics and THE Expert on Stay Interviews. An in-demand speaker and top-selling author, Dick travels the world speaking about Trust and Leadership and has authored five books o…
    - 70 days ago, 8 Jul 19, 3:17pm -
  • Are Leaders Who Coach Lazy?
    As the parent of two teens, I’ve become quite accustomed to The Eye Roll. This ocular straining happens most often when I request a previously agreed upon task be completed by said teen. Me: “Hey, it’s time to empty the trash. Trash pick up is…
    - 22 May 19, 10:30am -

Performance I Create

  • Red Rover, Red Rover…Whose Side Are You On Now?
    Red Rover Red Rover, send Heather right over!  Oh, how I loved that game when I was a kid. The objective, of course, is to get everyone on your side. Regardless of which side you started on, you defended your current side feverishly with your teamma…
    - 68 days ago, 10 Jul 19, 1:00pm -
  • Read This Before You Send Your Daughters Into The Workforce
    Each year we send our daughters (and sons) into the workforce with pride and glee. Although that first job is a great induction to independence, compensation, and adulting – it can also be a young person’s first brush with sexual harassment, disc…
    - 70 days ago, 8 Jul 19, 1:00pm -
  • Variations of TRANSformation
    Until a few years ago, I knew nothing about transgender people. Then one night in my law school class a student told a story about going to the veteran’s hall to meet some of his buddies he had served in the military with. They were sitting around…
    - 82 days ago, 26 Jun 19, 1:00pm -

The Chief People Officer

  • Great Place to Work Award Programs
    The Great Place to Work Institute and Fortune Magazine started the best workplace award movement in the late 1990s. Fast forward to today, there are increasing numbers of award programs. Below is a centralized list: Great Place to Work Award Programs…
    - 83 days ago, 25 Jun 19, 10:52am -
  • Saying Goodbye Leads to Saying Hello
    I miss my dog. Holly, a fluffy white Bichon Frise, was my faithful companion for over 15 years. She followed me throughout the house, not too far behind. When I sat down, she jumped on my lap. When I went outside, she followed me. When I went to the…
    - 30 May 19, 5:28pm -
  • Ageism and Best Places to Work
    “Hear the one about the unemployed middle-aged guy who tripped and fell into the new economy?” Dan Lyons, Author of Disrupted   It sucks being a middle-aged worker. Of all organizations in the U.S., award-winning best places to work should not d…
    - 4 Apr 19, 5:14pm -

Leadership Freak

  • new3 Ways to Shrink a Bighead
    “Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.” Ann Landers 7 reasons humility is a brilliant idea: You’re not as smart as you think. Make room for ignorance. You don’t… Continue reading →
    - 9 hours ago, 16 Sep 19, 11:00am -
  • How to Rise Above Problem-Based Thinking
    Good days turn bad quickly. Eight hours of good performance are ruined by five minutes of tension with a colleague. Everything in your day went well, but you have a bad experience –… Continue reading →
    - 3 days ago, 13 Sep 19, 11:00am -
  • Results-Only Leaders Have Empty-Tank Teams
    Managing energy is more important than managing time. It doesn’t matter how much time you have if your energy-tank is empty. Results-only leaders have empty-tank teams. 4 unbreakable rules of energy: #1. Four… Continue reading →
    - 4 days ago, 12 Sep 19, 11:00am -

Ask a Manager

  • newwhen my office lets us out early before a holiday, why don’t they tell us in advance?
    A reader writes: I’m hoping you can shed some light on the reasons behind this practice. Usually on the day before a holiday (Friday before Labor Day, Christmas Eve, etc), our office will let us out a few hours early (say, 2:00 or 3:00 PM). It’s…
    - 2 hours ago, 16 Sep 19, 5:59pm -
  • newhow do I tell our HR director she’s breaking the law?
    A reader writes: Our HR director sent a message to everyone today saying that due to many people failing to take their required lunch breaks every day, they are instituting a policy by which your time will be deducted automatically if you do not take…
    - 4 hours ago, 16 Sep 19, 4:29pm -
  • newis it bad for managers to sound frustrated or impatient?
    A reader writes: I am relatively new to management and I have a question about a specific incident, which raises the issue of whether a good boss should ever show impatience. One of my direct reports, Jane, does a good job. I’ve given her a lot of…
    - 5 hours ago, 16 Sep 19, 2:59pm -

Three Star Leadership

  • newBook Review: The Power of Full Engagement
    Some books are game-changers. The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz was a game-changer for me. Game-changers are...
    - 2 hours ago, 16 Sep 19, 6:00pm -
  • newBoss’s Tip of the Week: You can’t listen while you’re talking
    Listening is your best tool for gathering information and building relationships. But the fact is that you can’t listen when you’re talking. As my mother used to say, “God gave us two ears and one...
    - 1 day ago, 15 Sep 19, 6:00pm -
  • Weekend Leadership Reading: 9/13/19
    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...
    - 3 days ago, 13 Sep 19, 6:00pm -
  • 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 -