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People Equation

  • What Savvy Networkers Know
    My definition of networking is: “the purpose of networking is to connect people who have a mutual interest in developing a business relationship or assisting one another”. So with that framework in mind, I invite you to consider the following ide…
    - 30 Jul 20, 11:03am -
  • Here’s How to Set Yourself Up for Success Next Year
    It’s less than a month to the new year and now is the time to set yourself up for success next year. That probably seems crazy to you, given that most of us are probably caught in the mad dash of holiday preparations and year-end tasks for work. (1…
    - 10 Dec 19, 11:30am -
  • The Key Interview Question Many Hiring Managers Forget to Ask

    - 5 Nov 19, 11:30am -

Performance I Create

  • HR Certifications, Are They Really Important?
    Human resources and work environments are rapidly evolving, including an increasingly diverse, four-generation workforce that requires knowledgeable, certified HR professionals who can bring multiple skills to the job. HR is transforming itself into…
    - 19 Feb 20, 2:00pm -
  • Natural Hair Should Be Protected By Law & Don’t Ask (White) Men About It
    There’s been a lot of talk about natural hairstyles lately. In fact, more than talk, there are major news stories revolving around cities ban natural hair discrimination in the workplace and even our children with natural hairstyles are being victi…
    - 17 Feb 20, 2:00pm -
  • How Can #HR Support Trump? (a serious question)
    *Editorial note* Sometimes social conversations are better than articles and blog posts, such as the case with this social conversation converted into a blog post.  Since 2017, I have wondered how can anyone, especially HR professionals, supports Do…
    - 12 Feb 20, 2:00pm -

The Chief People Officer

  • Great Place to Work Award Programs
    The Great Place to Work Institute and Fortune Magazine started the best workplace award movement in the late 1990s. Fast forward to today, there are increasing numbers of award programs. Below is a centralized list: Great Place to Work Award Programs…
    - 25 Jun 19, 10:52am -
  • Saying Goodbye Leads to Saying Hello
    I miss my dog. Holly, a fluffy white Bichon Frise, was my faithful companion for over 15 years. She followed me throughout the house, not too far behind. When I sat down, she jumped on my lap. When I went outside, she followed me. When I went to the…
    - 30 May 19, 5:28pm -
  • Ageism and Best Places to Work
    “Hear the one about the unemployed middle-aged guy who tripped and fell into the new economy?” Dan Lyons, Author of Disrupted   It sucks being a middle-aged worker. Of all organizations in the U.S., award-winning best places to work should not d…
    - 4 Apr 19, 5:14pm -

Leadership Freak

  • new5 Performance Saboteurs You Can Solve Quickly
    You go further when you drop the saboteur you carry on your back. 1. The saboteur of getting up late: A frantic morning is the beginning of a distracted day. “I wake up… Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago, 15 Jan 21, 11:47am -
  • How to turn Negative Rumination into Useful Reflection
    We all know people who slither down the rabbit hole of bad memories and wriggle out frazzled on the other side. Ruminations shape responses and attitudes. The future reflects the rumination of the… Continue reading →
    - 3 days ago, 14 Jan 21, 12:01pm -
  • Limits to Transparency – Don’t Forget to Close the Bathroom Door
    Transparency enables and strengthens connection and trust. But everything doesn’t need to be known or shown. Close the door on oversharing: If you’re the boss… #1. Don’t show your scar. I remember visiting… Continue reading →
    - 4 days ago, 13 Jan 21, 11:47am -

Ask a Manager

  • newweekend open thread – January 16-17, 2021
    This comment section is open for any non-work-related discussion you’d like to have with other readers, by popular demand. Here are the rules for the weekend posts. Book recommendation of the week: Dear Mrs. Bird, by AJ Pearce. Set in London du…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Jan 21, 6:00am -
  • newit’s your Friday good news
    It’s your Friday good news, with more accounts of success even in this weird time. 1. About two years ago, my worklife was becoming untenable – it’s one of those “family” places that was not quite toxic, but toed the line. Then I saw a post…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Jan 21, 5:00pm -
  • newopen thread – January 15-16, 2021
    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 (that includes school). If you want an answer from me, emailing me is still your best bet*,…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Jan 21, 4:00pm -

Three Star Leadership

  • newBoss’s Tip of the Week: 4 Personal Planning Questions
    Planning your personal development begins when you decide what you want. Here are four questions to help you. What do you want to have that you don’t have now? What do you want to preserve? What do you want to...
    - 3 hours ago, 17 Jan 21, 7:00pm -
  • newWeekend Leadership Reading on the practice of leadership: 1/15/21
    Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular workdays. That’s a sure road to burnout. Take time to refresh yourself. Take time for something different. Take...
    - 2 days ago, 15 Jan 21, 4:00pm -
  • Taking Stock
    New Year’s has a magical hold on us. It’s the only time we talk about resolutions. It’s the only time that most of us sit down and think about how things are going and how we’d like them to be different. Social...
    - 3 days ago, 14 Jan 21, 4:00pm -
  • 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 -