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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…
    - 47 days ago, 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

Ask a Manager

  • newwhen should I tell my friend I applied for a job she wants?
    A reader writes: I made a very unlikely friend at work about four years ago — a coworker who got a job instead of me. She and I have similar responsibilities but in different parts of the organization. We bonded over the work we have in common and…
    - 3 hours ago, 15 Sep 20, 5:59pm -
  • newhow do I network now that I can’t take people for coffee?
    A reader writes: When approaching someone for an informational interview, it’s the done thing where I live to offer to take them out for a coffee (or bring them a hot drink if you’re coming to them). Whether or not they take you up on the offer i…
    - 5 hours ago, 15 Sep 20, 4:29pm -
  • newour office nurse thinks Covid is a hoax
    A reader writes: I work in an education-related nonprofit. There are plenty of dysfunctional things that happen at our place of business, but I cannot figure out how to approach this. We have a nurse who comes in once a week to maintain immunization…
    - 6 hours ago, 15 Sep 20, 2:59pm -

Three Star Leadership

  • newBook recommendations for business leaders: 9/14/20
    Stephen King says that if you want to be a writer, there are two things you must do: read a lot and write a lot. This is about the “read a lot” part. I include reading lists and book reviews that will help...
    - 1 day ago, 14 Sep 20, 3:00pm -
  • newBoss’s Tip of the Week: Make time to read
    There’s truth to the saying that “leaders are readers.” Reading is a way for you to learn from other people’s experience and discover things you want to try. But reading for self-improvement...
    - 2 days ago, 13 Sep 20, 6:00pm -
  • Weekend Leadership Reading: 9/11/20
    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...
    - 4 days ago, 11 Sep 20, 3:00pm -
  • 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 -