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People Equation

  • Michelle Obama’s Mindset for Coping with Change
    Former First Lady Michelle Obama has a tried-and-tried formula for coping with change: don’t make a big deal out of it. That’s the workplace take-away that most impressed me when I heard Mrs. Obama speak at WorkHuman 2017 conference. It’s advic…
    - 12 days ago, 12 Jun 17, 3:50pm -
  • WorkHuman: Still on My A-List for Conferences
    WorkHuman 2017 is now a memory. I’ve traveled home from Phoenix and had a few days to digest the benefits of this conference. I’m happy to report all of the observations from my first WorkHuman still apply. Now in its third year, the WorkHuman co…
    - 19 days ago, 5 Jun 17, 10:30am -
  • WorkHuman Day 3: @MichelleObama and @Globoforce
    Day 3 at the WorkHuman conference. Today social media will be flooded with the hashtag #WorkHuman and #MichelleObama because the former first lady closed the conference with a one-hour interview with Walgreen’s Chief Diversity Officer Steve Pembert…
    - 22 days ago, 1 Jun 17, 10:56pm -

Performance I Create

  • Here’s What Happened When I Took Southwest Airlines’ First Flight to Cincinnati
    Given my years of involvement in social media, I like to think that I have developed a little cache with social media since I can lay down a quick witty twitter here and there, or somehow shoot an embarrassing or funny video and get it up on YouTube…
    - 17 days ago, 7 Jun 17, 3:18pm -
  • The Hypocritic Oath; How Not to Lead
    Every morning when my favorite radio shows go to commercial, I may just switch over to another channel. Where I live, the other channel happens to be one that airs the Steve Harvey Morning Show. Now I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the big…
    - 31 days ago, 24 May 17, 12:30pm -
  • Dave’s HR Tech Review: Paylocity
    This post is a high-level overview of the HR/Payroll/HCM software provider Paylocity.  With full disclosure in mind, I must tell you that this is the software application that I use at my place of employment.  We have been a client since 2015.  Pa…
    - 33 days ago, 22 May 17, 12:30pm -

The Chief People Officer

  • How to Drop Dead at Your Desk
    Rather than dying in the loving arms of your spouse or close family member, at an old age, maybe you prefer to die at your desk while working. That seems to be the wishes of many frantic Type A personalities I have encountered throughout my career.…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jun 17, 5:01pm -
  • Have We Lost Our Moral Compass?
    According to ABC News, a disturbing surveillance video shows an elderly, 78 year old man by the name of Angel Torres, getting hit by a speeding car, and then shockingly, being ignored by bystanders. The video, when broadcast on network news in June 2…
    - 21 days ago, 3 Jun 17, 10:05am -
  • Givers and Takers: Which One Are You?
    In my career, I have observed two distinctly different employees: Givers and Takers. Givers rarely cause employee relations issues. Takers, however, are energy vampires on the prowl to suck the life out of anyone who steps inside your doors. I have p…
    - 29 days ago, 26 May 17, 11:00am -

Leadership Freak

  • newSeven Steps to See and Solve Blindspots
    Blindspots let you blame others for your shortcomings and feel superior while doing it. 5 common leadership blindspots: Evaluating yourself as a good listener, even though you can’t wait for others to stop… Continue reading →
    - 17 hours ago, 23 Jun 17, 11:07am -
  • newHow to Stumble Forward with Boldness and Find Success
    An infant watches others walk and learns that walking is possible. But success calls you to turn possibility into reality by stumbling forward. Others may have stepped out already, but it’s still the… Continue reading →
    - 1 day ago, 22 Jun 17, 7:10pm -
  • newWill Uber Survive its Toxic Culture
    The problems at Uber is bigger than CEO Travis Kalanick. Yes, he’s ultimately responsible. However, there’s a team of leaders in place who need to step up and take aggressive public action. The… Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jun 17, 11:07pm -

Ask a Manager

  • newmy biggest client is a jerk
    A reader writes: I own a small advertising firm with one big client. The new exec we work with at that company is a bully, micromanaging our work and using abusive language when dealing with us. We had a wonderful relationship with previous managers…
    - 12 hours ago, 23 Jun 17, 4:00pm -
  • newopen thread – June 23-24, 2017
    It’s the Friday open thread! The comment section on this post is open for discussion with other readers on anything work-related that you want to talk about. If you want an answer from me, emailing me is still your best bet*, but this is a chance t…
    - 13 hours ago, 23 Jun 17, 3:00pm -
  • newI overheard my interviewer calling me a schmuck, are managers obligated to give references, and more
    It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go… 1. I overheard my interviewer calling me a schmuck I seemed to really hit it off with an interviewer during my final interview. I even had pretty good rapport with them prior to the final intervi…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Jun 17, 4:03am -

Three Star Leadership

  • newBoss’s Tip of the Week: How will you know?
    You and a team member have talked about a behavior or performance issue. You’ve agreed on what will change. Now, there’s one more thing before you wrap up. How will you know? How will you know if a change...
    - 18 hours ago, 23 Jun 17, 10:00am -
  • newMaking measurement work for you
    “What gets measured gets done.” Peter Drucker usually gets credit for that quote, but I’ve seen it attributed to several other folks, including William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, psychologist Mason Haire, and the...
    - 1 day ago, 22 Jun 17, 6:00pm -
  • newFrom the Independent Business Blogs: 6/21/17
    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...
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jun 17, 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…
    - 95 days ago, 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 -