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People Equation

  • Leadership and the Civil Workplace: It Starts with You
    Did you know that nearly half of the people in your organization are afraid to be civil to one another? According to Georgetown University researcher Christine Porath, 40% of employees say they hesitate to show civility at work because they fear peop…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Nov 17, 11:30am -
  • What Does it Mean to Work Human? Join Me in Austin, Texas to Find Out
    Would you like to bring a bit more humanity into your workplace? Who wouldn’t? Sometimes our work lives make us feel like numbers on a spreadsheet. As an antidote to the daily grind of the workplace, I attend the WorkHuman conference to hear the be…
    - 25 days ago, 30 Oct 17, 10:30am -
  • 5 Human Capital Management Trends
    There’s a lot going on in the Human Capital Management (“HCM”) industry. My role as writer and industry analyst affords me the chance to interact with many thought leaders in this arena. I recently wrote a round-up of emerging HCM trends that h…
    - 45 days ago, 10 Oct 17, 1:46pm -

Performance I Create

  • Trust Issues (a tale of two bosses)
    Currently, I am working for 2 bosses. I have 2 different clients that I work for as the Communications and Social Media Manager. Unlike the resume writing business which is a solopreneur endeavor, I don’t call the shots here, I’m a hired gun. In…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Nov 17, 6:12pm -
  • The Common Enemy (We Are Stronger Together)
    I stumbled across an article written a few years ago about politics in our country in which the authors, Jonathan Haidt and Sam Abrams walked the reader through what he believed was the Top 10 Reasons American Politics Are Broken. While the article…
    - 11 days ago, 13 Nov 17, 2:51pm -
  • Writing Is My Sanctuary
    My Sanctuary I liked a boy when I was eight years old and I was overwhelmed by my feelings. His name was Bradley and he had dark hair and was really good at kickball. I wrote a silly little diddy on my guitar. No one knew I liked him and I never to…
    - 15 days ago, 9 Nov 17, 2:00pm -

The Chief People Officer

  • 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…
    - 56 days ago, 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…
    - 58 days ago, 27 Sep 17, 12:00pm -
  • Eleven Steps to Create a Magnetic Field for Talent
    How do you create a magnetic field for talent? Here are a few tips that might help: #1 Sincerity: Show sincere care and concern for your employees. Ask them about their families and how they are doing.  Learn the names of their spouse, significant o…
    - 59 days ago, 26 Sep 17, 12:00pm -

Leadership Freak

  • newFearful Leaders Hoard Control – Courageous Leaders Give Power
    Feeling powerful expands possibility, elevates engagement, and enables initiative. Feeling powerless creates weakness, dependence, and fear. People who feel powerful see opportunity. People who feel powerless feel threat. Control freaks make others…
    - 5 hours ago, 24 Nov 17, 3:28pm -
  • newThe Seven Powers of Gratitude
    Choose the freedom of thankfulness over the headwind of ingratitude. “Un” ruins leaders. Ungrateful leaders become unkind, unhelpful, and unconnected. Ungratefulness is a buffeting headwind. The seven powers of gratitude: #1. Gratitude energizes…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Nov 17, 12:44pm -
  • newWhen Others See Your Value – Others See Your Value
    Before a recent presentation, a woman asked me a question I’ve never been asked. I was shaking hands with the audience when it happened. “What makes you qualified to give this presentation?” I… Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago, 22 Nov 17, 9:55pm -

Ask a Manager

  • newopen thread – November 24-25, 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…
    - 4 hours ago, 24 Nov 17, 4:00pm -
  • newhow thankful should I be to my employer, bosses want to talk about my diet, and more
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. How thankful should I be to my employer for doing something they’re obligated to do? I’ve been thinking about this question for a while, but Thanksgiving has brought it to the front of my…
    - 15 hours ago, 24 Nov 17, 5:03am -
  • newa bunch of holiday letters from years past
    It’s Thanksgiving, so in place of regular posts the rest of the day, here are some holiday posts from the past to enjoy. 1. I punched a coworker at the company Christmas party 2. my manager insists on assigning seats at a holiday lunch that we pay…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Nov 17, 4:00pm -

Three Star Leadership

  • newWeekend Leadership Reading 11/24/17
    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...
    - 2 hours ago, 24 Nov 17, 6:00pm -
  • newThanks to Irwin Hoffman, Walter J. Black, and My Parents
    I don’t think it’s possible to list all the ways that reading has enriched my life. Maybe I would have been a voracious reader no matter what, but I know that I’m the reader that I am today in large part because...
    - 1 day ago, 23 Nov 17, 3:00pm -
  • newFrom the Independent Business Blogs: 11/22/17
    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...
    - 2 days ago, 22 Nov 17, 7:00pm -

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 -