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People Equation

  • 3 Tips for More Productivity with Less Stress
    When you think “time management,” what are the productivity practices that will make the most difference? We’re always trying to squeeze as much as we can out of our days. But here’s the thing: there are only so many hours in the day and only…
    - 15 days ago, 5 Sep 17, 10:30am -
  • Don’t Overload Your Team Ecosystem With Star Players
    You want a team loaded with star players, right? What leader wouldn’t want a team filled with high-performing folks?  Isn’t a team stacked with rocks stars is a good thing? It depends. Research into team performance reveals a surprising element:…
    - 20 days ago, 31 Aug 17, 10:30am -
  • 6 Reasons You Might Be Setting a Poor Example for Your Team
    Young kids speak the truth, as anyone who’s ever been called out by a preschooler can tell you. I’ll never forget the time my three-year-old son looked at me with his innocent, big brown eyes and said, “Mama, you told me that’s a bad word. Ho…
    - 58 days ago, 24 Jul 17, 10:30am -

Performance I Create

  • newThe Return of PIC: Defiantly Independent
    PIC Has NOT Been Acquired. Any previous announcements to the contrary were premature. Due to strategic differences in leadership, communications, and vision we realized that no one understands or values PIC as much as we do. We determined that an acq…
    - 3 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 1:30pm -
  • What I’ve Learned As Content Manager of PIC
    Performance I Create is over 7 years old. It was created by Chris Ponder (another great guy) in 2011. Back then I was new to social media and blogging. I had just started my first blog, the CostofWork, which is no more. Chris tweeted an open call for…
    - 56 days ago, 26 Jul 17, 12:30pm -
  • Dave Ryan Reviews ADP, The Behemoth
    This is the second review/overview of some of the major Payroll/HR software providers in the marketplace.  Today I want to talk about ADP (Automatic Data Processing). They are the behemoth out there. The Company is publicly traded and is often quote…
    - 58 days ago, 24 Jul 17, 12:39pm -

The Chief People Officer

  • newHow Candidate Experience Impacts Hiring
    Guest Blog by Kira Kirk Every single candidate can be an ambassador or a critic of your company. It’s important to ensure a positive impression and candidate experience, regardless of the offer. In a recent CareerBuilder survey, 56% of candidates s…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 2:48pm -
  • Five Recommendations to Build a Better-Than-Advertised Company Culture
    Author and speaker Steve Furtick says the reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel. Many of us have experienced the struggle between social media hype and the realities of li…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Sep 17, 8:54pm -
  • The Rumor Mill at Work
    If you are a business leader working to create a great workplace built on trust and respect, the typical company grapevine and rumor mill can work against your best efforts.  The people who tend to run these unofficial underground communication syst…
    - 35 days ago, 16 Aug 17, 6:37am -

Leadership Freak

  • newOne Acronym That Captures the Essence of Mentoring
    Thank you for the comments and emails on making an acronym that explains MENTOR. Your suggestions are incredible. I’ve decided to add “ing” to expand possibilities. With your help, here’s where I landed.… Continue reading →
    - 5 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 11:04am -
  • newAn Acronym That Explains Mentoring
    I could use some help. I’m trying – without success – to create an acronym that captures the essence of mentoring. How would you use MENTOR or MENTORING as an acronym? What I… Continue reading →
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 17, 11:10am -
  • new7 Profound Benefits of Navigating Storms
    There will come a time when things get worse, even when you try to make them better. Optimism is an attitude toward storms, not exemption from them. Don’t be startled when skies grow… Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago, 18 Sep 17, 12:16pm -

Ask a Manager

  • newmy boss is unavailable and it’s driving us all mad
    A reader writes: I report to a C-suite level executive, “Bob” (where Bob’s boss is the CEO). I manage Bob’s schedule and generally coordinate our department’s projects under his direction. However, Bob is one of the most unavailable, unreac…
    - 1 hour ago, 20 Sep 17, 2:59pm -
  • newmy coworkers are terrible tippers, slackers are ruining remote work for the rest of us, and more
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. My coworkers are terrible tippers My office has recently transitioned to a system that allows employees to order lunch with a company stipend of $20. Unfortunately, some of my coworkers will spe…
    - 12 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 4:03am -
  • newmy office makes us cook and eat lunch together every day
    A reader writes: I am a frequent long-term contractor at a very small company. There are two owners, two full-time employees, and a handful of freelancers and interns at any one time. The owners are wonderful people whom I enjoy spending time with, b…
    - 22 hours ago, 19 Sep 17, 5:59pm -

Three Star Leadership

  • newLeaders and Strategies in Real Life: 9/19/17
    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...
    - 22 hours ago, 19 Sep 17, 6:00pm -
  • newBook Review: Competing Against Luck
    Most observers agree that the percentage of new products that succeed is small and that the percentage of products that succeed extravagantly is vanishingly small. Among those same observers, there are two theories...
    - 2 days ago, 18 Sep 17, 6:00pm -
  • newLeadership Reading to Start Your Week: 9/18/17
    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, 17 Sep 17, 5:30pm -

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 -