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People Equation

  • Renewing Your Leadership Purpose with Compassion
    Years ago, when I was a 23 year old assistant human resources manager at a department store, one of our sales associates suffered a heart attack and died while at work. At the time, I was out of town, attending my grandfather’s funeral. Upon my ret…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Feb 18, 11:30am -
  • Real-World Ideas for Developing Your Team
    What does internal career mobility look like at your company? Maybe it’s a fancy program spearheaded by your HR or talent development team. Or maybe it’s a boot strap operation with limited funding. Providing your employees with “career mobilit…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Feb 18, 11:30am -
  • 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…
    - 88 days ago, 27 Nov 17, 11:30am -

Performance I Create

  • The First Time I Heard the N-Word
    The first time I heard that word, I will never forget it. I was hanging out with my boyfriend at the time, at his close friend’s house. His friend was older than both of us and someone that my boyfriend looked up to. He was about to get married and…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Feb 18, 2:30pm -
  • BWB (Blogging While Black)
      2011, that’s when I started my first blog the now defunct “CostOfWork”. Back then I didn’t even know what a blog was. I also didn’t know what I was doing. My first few articles stunk! Wait, I am talking to black people, it “stank”. S…
    - 6 days ago, 16 Feb 18, 2:00pm -
  • Excuse Me, But Africa Is Not A Sh*thole! It’s a Beautiful!
    For years, I looked upon the President of United States of America as a figure of power, intelligence, and respect. Sadly, the man that is sitting in the Oval Office is making a  mockery of it and its citizens. When a country sits aloft the…
    - 10 days ago, 12 Feb 18, 2:30pm -

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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 26 Sep 17, 12:00pm -

Leadership Freak

  • new7 Ways to Stop Being a Grim Reaper Leader
    Grim-Reaper-Leaders contaminate every environment. People feel you before they see you. Have you ever walked into a space and felt a bad vibe before seeing anyone?  Radius: Imagine waking up after an accident… Continue reading →
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Feb 18, 11:59am -
  • newHow the Right Kind of Praise Fuels Big Potential
    I just finished the fourth book on February’s reading list, Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being by Shawn Achor. It’s was well worth the read.  … Continue reading →
    - 1 day ago, 21 Feb 18, 11:15pm -
  • newThree Qualities Needed to be a Better Boss
    30 Book Giveaway!! 30 free copies of Talent Magnet: How to Attract and Keep the Best People Leave a comment on this guest post by Mark Miller to become eligible to win one… Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago, 21 Feb 18, 12:04pm -

Ask a Manager

  • newhow many times can I ask a networking contact for help?
    A reader writes: I was wondering how many times it is appropriate to reach out to networking contacts for informational interviews, referrals, connections, etc.? I have been searching on and off over the past two years due to being laid off and then…
    - 5 hours ago, 22 Feb 18, 6:59pm -
  • newmy boss refused to call an ambulance for an injured coworker
    A reader writes: I’m wondering if I could get your take on a situation that happened at the elementary school where I teach back in September. It’s been a few months since it happened, but it’s still on everyone’s minds. On the first day of s…
    - 7 hours ago, 22 Feb 18, 5:30pm -
  • newlisten to episode 1 of the Ask a Manager podcast
    I’m excited to announce today’s launch of the Ask a Manager podcast, from Anchor FM and Penguin Random House. You can listen to the first episode right now on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or Anchor FM. Please subscribe! (Those links will take yo…
    - 8 hours ago, 22 Feb 18, 3:59pm -

Three Star Leadership

  • newLearning from History: What didn’t they know and when didn’t they know it?
    One of the big problems when we seek to learn the lessons of history is that we know how things turned out. That leads to what psychologists call “hindsight bias,” the tendency to think that what happened was...
    - 5 hours ago, 22 Feb 18, 7:00pm -
  • newFrom the Independent Business Blogs: 2/21/18
    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...
    - 1 day ago, 21 Feb 18, 7:00pm -
  • newLeaders and Strategies in Real Life: 2/20/18
    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...
    - 2 days ago, 20 Feb 18, 7:00pm -

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?

    - 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 -