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People Equation

  • Vulnerable Leaders are More Powerful Than They Know
    When you think of the most effective leaders you’ve worked with, how would you describe them? Perhaps you said “charismatic,” “energetic,” or “visionary.” One word that probably didn’t spring immediately to your lips? Vulnerable. Whic…
    - 9 days ago, 15 May 17, 10:30am -
  • Winning Well Leadership Symposium
    If you’ve ever traveled for an extensive period of time, you know the stress of making sure your household continues to run smoothly while you are gone. Whether it’s arranging for care of your pets, ensuring your kiddos get to all of their events…
    - 37 days ago, 17 Apr 17, 10:30am -
  • The Career Development Gap – Why Employees Think There’s No Growth Opportunity
    When it comes to advancing their careers, employees aren’t feeling the love. That’s a key finding from a recent white paper produced by TINYPulse, a firm that specializes in gathering data on employee engagement and satisfaction. Only 26% of empl…
    - 55 days ago, 30 Mar 17, 10:30am -

Performance I Create

  • newThe 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…
    - 5 hours ago, 24 May 17, 12:30pm -
  • newDave’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…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 12:30pm -
  • Mistakes Were Made – Know How To Correct the Course
    The way news moves today (both real and #fakenews) I could write a post a day about how one U.S. company or another screwed up regarding public relations, customer relations, or employee relations. It could be United Airlines – pick one of many rea…
    - 14 days ago, 10 May 17, 12:30pm -

The Chief People Officer

  • newCounter-Intuitive Thinking and Living
    Counter-intuitive thinking and living — This is how great leaders must approach the world of work to build truly great companies with positive company cultures. Transformational leaders must work against the grain of prevalent culture to build a…
    - 21 hours ago, 23 May 17, 9:00pm -
  • When the Canary Stops Singing
    Miner’s canaries were once routinely used in coal mining as an early warning system. Toxic gases such as carbon monoxide and methane in the mine would kill the bird before affecting the miners. Because canaries tend to sing much of the time, they p…
    - 4 days ago, 20 May 17, 5:24pm -
  • For Most CEOs It’s Too Hard to be Soft
    Some CEO’s get it — most CEO’s don’t. Treating employees with respect and dignity while working to gain their trust; this is the secret sauce to begin an organization’s path to a great workplace. It is not complicated. The CEO must live b…
    - 7 days ago, 17 May 17, 9:38pm -

Leadership Freak

  • newHow to Find Energy to Move Closer to the Edge
    Spiders, snakes, and bears are scary. I had a dream about a bear on railroad tracks when I was a kid. I don’t know if I’m afraid of bears because of the dream… Continue reading →
    - 7 hours ago, 24 May 17, 11:03am -
  • newThe Surprising Secret to Getting Things Done
    The secret to getting things done is only starting things you can finish. But that leaves little room for trying new things. Picky starters: The most surprising and helpful thing I’ve learned about… Continue reading →
    - 1 day ago, 23 May 17, 4:21pm -
  • newHow to Succeed with Mules in a Beauty Pageant
    Mules come in many forms. Some are loud, opinionated, and adversarial. A pleasant mule is stubborn in a beauty queen’s skin. Beauty queen mules are more dangerous than conspicuous resistance. You end up… Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 11:04am -

Ask a Manager

  • newhow to deal with a loud coworker
    A reader writes: I have been at my job for a month and a half. My coworker plays music at her desk, and I find it to be very annoying. I really wish she’d use headphones, or better yet, turn off the music, but I’m not sure how to ask her to do so…
    - 1 hour ago, 24 May 17, 4:30pm -
  • newsaying “how are you?” feels inauthentic to me
    A reader writes: Am I being unprofessional/unfriendly if I don’t engage in the “how are you/fine how are you/fine” interactions at my office? It feels deeply inauthentic. “Fine” is never the best answer for how I’m feeling, and it feels p…
    - 3 hours ago, 24 May 17, 2:59pm -
  • newmy boss fired me and won’t let me return to visit friends, skipping my boss’s barbecue, and more
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. The boss who fired me doesn’t want me coming back to visit my friends I have an uncomfortable situation. Long story short, I was fired from my job at Big Corporation about a week ago (I unders…
    - 14 hours ago, 24 May 17, 4:03am -

Three Star Leadership

  • newLeaders and Strategies in Real Life: 5/23/17
    Instead of studying leadership, why not spend some time studying leaders and strategies in the wild? You can learn a lot from leadership experts, but you always see the leader and what he or she does through the...
    - 24 hours ago, 23 May 17, 6:00pm -
  • newReading Intentionally: How Terry Moore chooses what to read
    Terry Moore, CCIM, has been one of the most successful commercial real estate agents in San Diego for more than twenty years. He has received many awards and published more than sixty articles on investment, leadership...
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 6:00pm -
  • newLeadership Reading to Start Your Week: 5/22/17
    Here are choice articles on hot leadership topics culled from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms, to start off your work week. I’m pointing you to articles about leadership...
    - 3 days ago, 21 May 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…
    - 65 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 -