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People Equation

  • Resources to Counteract Mean and Nasty in the Workplace
    In November, people observe World Kindness Day, which was started in 1998 by an international coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that wanted to shine a spotlight on the positive power of being kind. There are many corners of the world…
    - 15 days ago, 27 Nov 17, 11:30am -
  • 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…
    - 21 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…
    - 43 days ago, 30 Oct 17, 10:30am -

Performance I Create

  • newFree #HR Holiday Advice, Party After the New Year (You’re Welcome)
      “It’s Christmas time in Hollis, Queens/ Mom’s cooking chicken and collard greens/ Rice, stuffing, macaroni and cheese/ And Santa puts gifts under Christmas trees” That’s one of the most iconic Christmas raps songs of all time by RUN-DMC!…
    - 17 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 2:00pm -
  • Holiday Party Problem Prevention Strategy
      Well, it’s that time of year. We will see so many posts about how people should behave at holiday parties. We’ll see the thread-of-emails jokes from HR to the organization that starts with announcing the Christmas Party to announcing that ther…
    - 6 days ago, 6 Dec 17, 2:00pm -
  • What Successful Leaders Do!
      Sitting in my office, at the end of a very hectic day, when my mind started to flood with thoughts of past leaders. Many of them had a tremendous impact in my career. I thought about nearly all of them but there was one experience that I could not…
    - 8 days ago, 4 Dec 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…
    - 74 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…
    - 76 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…
    - 77 days ago, 26 Sep 17, 12:00pm -

Leadership Freak

  • newHow Leaders Defeat Insecurity and Build Bold Teams
    You produce weakness in others when you exercise power unless you use power to fill others with confidence. You cannot empower people by exercising power over them. The work of successful leaders is… Continue reading →
    - 18 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 1:39pm -
  • newSolution Saturday: I’m a Junior Manager but Should be a Director
    Dear Dan, I hope you can help me with my question. It is related to the impact of the job titles/ levels in companies while you are negotiating. I would like to hear your… Continue reading →
    - 3 days ago, 9 Dec 17, 2:26pm -
  • How to Wake From Sleepwalking and Find Vitality Again
    Old sneakers feel like home. Rituals are an oasis in turbulence.  Rituals are stability. But rituals enable you to sleepwalk into the desert. What worked in the past is perilous now. The danger… Continue reading →
    - 4 days ago, 8 Dec 17, 2:50pm -

Ask a Manager

  • newmy boss won’t stop contacting me after my hospitalization, do I use the bathroom too much, and more
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I’ve been hospitalized and my boss won’t stop texting me I currently work in a sales role for a large alcohol company and have been sick with glandular fever for three weeks. During that tim…
    - 2 hours ago, 12 Dec 17, 5:03am -
  • newupdate: I bit my coworker
    Remember the letter-writer who bit her coworker? Here’s the update. So I don’t have an update I think anyone will like. Going through Alison’s three suggestions: #1) Find a new job. I applied to the perfect position the next day, interviewed w…
    - 12 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 6:59pm -
  • newdon’t make these 6 mistakes at work this month
    Holidays at work can present some etiquette landmines if you’re not careful — like taking way too much interest in the date your coworker brought (or didn’t bring) to the office holiday party, or inadvertently assuming other people share your r…
    - 14 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 5:30pm -

Three Star Leadership

  • newHoliday Reading Suggestion
    The holiday season is a time to get together with friends and family. The odds are pretty good that some of the people you’ll be connecting with are readers, just like you. So, ask them for reading...
    - 12 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 7:00pm -
  • newBoss’s Tip of the Week: Enable
    In the Industrial Age when bosses often knew as much or more about the work as the people doing it, control may have been the core of supervision. Today, you probably don’t know as much as the people on your team...
    - 2 days ago, 10 Dec 17, 7:00pm -
  • Weekend Leadership Reading 12/8/17
    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...
    - 4 days ago, 8 Dec 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…
    - 24 Nov 16, 1:34am -
  • 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…
    - 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 -