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People Equation

  • Is It Time to Get Back in the Mentoring Game?
    Very early in my career, I had four bosses in the span of less than four years. It’s not as bad as it sounds; I worked in retail where churn was high. And all of the departures were due to internal promotions, so that’s a good thing. I look back…
    - 18 days ago, 7 Nov 22, 11:30am -
  • The Generational Gap in Workplace Recognition
    Younger workers really like recognition. Research tells us that workers born after 1989 are 73% more likely to want frequent recognition than those in the Generation X and Baby Boomer demographics. In fact, some Gen Xers and Boomers say they “never…
    - 32 days ago, 24 Oct 22, 10:30am -
  • The 3 Myths of Office Politics
    I have long maintained that there is such a thing as “positive” office politics. “Bah!” You say with skepticism. “No such thing.” Here’s my counter-argument: there’s nothing inherently wrong with people who use power and status, but i…
    - 46 days ago, 10 Oct 22, 10:30am -

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…
    - 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

  • new30 Delightful Inconveniences for Thanksgiving
    Happy Thanksgiving
    - 10 hours ago, 24 Nov 22, 1:02pm -
  • new5 Ungrateful People
    #1. Bob Betterman. Bob is an expert faultfinder. He’s ungrateful because no one measures up. He sees weaknesses in everyone. #2. Sam Firstboy. Sam won’t say it, but he believes people exist to… Continue reading →
    - 1 day ago, 23 Nov 22, 11:31am -
  • new3 Reasons Smart Leaders Tell Stories – How You Can Too
    “We’re all stories in the end.” Steven Moffat Tell your story even though every human story already happened. You are the only unique thing in your story. 3 reasons smart leaders tell stories: #1.… Continue reading →
    - 3 days ago, 22 Nov 22, 10:31am -

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Three Star Leadership

  • Book Review: To Risk It All
    I love military history. I bought To Risk It All: Nine Conflicts and the Crucible of Decision by Admiral James Stavridis because I’d read two of his earlier books, The Leaders Bookshelf and Sailing True North:...
    - 4 days ago, 21 Nov 22, 11:03am -
  • Boss’s Tip for Thanksgiving Week: Time off should be time off
    Time off isn’t as restful if you’re constantly checking business messages and email or working on that “important” report. Get the most out of your time off by unplugging from business. When you...
    - 5 days ago, 20 Nov 22, 11:03am -
  • A Leadership Balancing Act
    Life was a lot simpler when you were an individual contributor. Then, all you had to do to get a better evaluation was to work a little harder or a little smarter or both. You had complete control of your effort and...
    - 8 days ago, 17 Nov 22, 11:03am -
  • 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 -