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People Equation

  • 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…
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  • Is Failure to Speak Up Impeding Your Team’s Productivity?
    As a leader, you know that productive employees bring value to your team.  Recent findings from a white paper by consulting and training firm VitalSmarts highlight the magnitude of high performers’ productivity: they are 21 times less likely to ex…
    - 9 days ago, 5 Oct 17, 10:30am -
  • Our Egos are a Problem at Work. But Not in the Way You Think.
    The word “ego” carries a lot of baggage, with connotations like: Blowhard. Difficult to get along with. Egomaniac. Middle man to the Id and Superego. Rarely have three letters evoked so much emotional drama. In fact, perhaps you experienced a bit…
    - 19 days ago, 25 Sep 17, 10:30am -

Performance I Create

  • newWhy HR Cannot/Must Not Ignore the Racial Tension in America, Right Now.
    Why HR Cannot/Must Not Ignore the Racial Tension in America, Right Now. I’ve been part of the social HR community for nearly 7 years now and one thing is clear to me, for the most part, we do not like to talk about RACISM. We want to pretend it’s…
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  • Leadership Toxicity
    March 2008, Candidate Obama had to give a major speech on race relations.  Not because of something he did or said, but because his Pastor made a statement that the media played incessantly for days. As President, he was met with criticism for speak…
    - 5 days ago, 9 Oct 17, 12:32pm -
  • Office Poli-TRICKS

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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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
    - 18 days ago, 26 Sep 17, 12:00pm -

Leadership Freak

  • newWould You Hire You
    If we aren’t careful, as time passes, leaders expect more from others and less from themselves.  Would you hire you, if you interviewed yourself? You expect the people you interview to answer important… Continue reading →
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  • new3 Ways to Energize Employees
    Treat people like tools – they act like zombies. Machines get things done, but people have heart. What are you really doing? Tee-ball: The tee-ball coach is teaching Freddie to hit the ball… Continue reading →
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  • newThe Sleepy Secret to Great Performance
    “Short sleep equals a shorter life.”* The strong response to, “9 WAYS TO FALL BACK TO SLEEP WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE NIGHT,” motivated me to look more deeply into sleep. “Every… Continue reading →
    - 3 days ago, 11 Oct 17, 9:41pm -

Ask a Manager

  • newweekend free-for-all – October 14-15, 2017
    This comment section is open for any non-work-related discussion you’d like to have with other readers, by popular demand. (This one is truly no work and no school.) Book recommendation of the week: 4 3 2 1, by Paul Auster. This is four stories in…
    - 7 hours ago, 14 Oct 17, 4:37am -
  • newopen thread – October 13-14, 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…
    - 21 hours ago, 13 Oct 17, 3:00pm -
  • newshould I warn a candidate that one of her references was bad, boobs in cover letters, and more
    It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go… 1. Should I warn a candidate that one of her references was bad? This is my first time chairing a hiring committee. We narrowed the field to three, and interviewed the first. After that, the first…
    - 1 day ago, 13 Oct 17, 4:03am -

Three Star Leadership

  • newBoss’s Tip of the Week: Influence is a super power
    It’s a good news/bad news thing. Your team members watch and listen to everything you do and say. They talk about it among themselves. That’s the bad news. The good news is that they take what you do and...
    - 18 hours ago, 13 Oct 17, 6:00pm -
  • newLeadership: Trust and Trees
    The Burlington Industries building used to stand on a large plot of ground near where I lived in Greensboro, NC. The campus was adorned with wonderful oak trees whose thick trunks attested to how long they had been...
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  • newFrom the Independent Business Blogs: 10/11/17
    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...
    - 3 days ago, 11 Oct 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…
    - 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…
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  • Does this country need more HR professionals?

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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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