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People Equation

  • newBe Kind to One Another at Work
    Tomorrow is World Kindness Day. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to be kind. And, as Barbara De Angelis points out, you get something out of the deal too. Everybody wins. So be kind to one another at work and see what happens. For work-related ideas…
    - 8 hours ago, 12 Nov 18, 11:30am -
  • 1-1 Meetings Getting Stale? Make this Change for Better Results
    Acknowledging team success via a “Friday Wins Meeting” like this one at content marketing tech firm Percolate has become standard practice at many companies. Many teams also informally share wins at their daily huddle meetings. There’s somethin…
    - 35 days ago, 8 Oct 18, 10:30am -
  • Planting Seeds of Greatness Requires You to SEE the Human in Your Employees
    Great leaders are like farmers; they plant seeds of greatness in their employees. Then these leaders provide all the conditions necessary for them to grow. So says Kevin Ames, co-author of Appreciate: Celebrating People, Inspiring Greatness. Ames, wh…
    - 46 days ago, 27 Sep 18, 5:06pm -

Performance I Create

  • SHRM, This Is Not “Business as Usual”
    As a Human Resources Professional I work in a complex system of employee requirements, business requirements and state and federal laws. Like many HR professionals I’m tasked with hiring the best talent we can afford, supporting an organization whe…
    - 91 days ago, 13 Aug 18, 12:45pm -
  • This is America: Emmett Till Lies, Smartphones & Cops
    “Talk about entangled and coming at you fast, every day is a race against circumstances in my uniform of choice, geography and travel.  The normal morning coffee and commute are usually without incident and serve as a time of meditation and radio…
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  • Money Isn’t Everything But It’s Hard To Walk Away From It
      As a young adult I was told that you never bring up salary during an interview and that you let them bring it up first. I was also told that you shouldn’t let money determine your happiness. We have all heard that money doesn’t buy you happine…
    - 16 Jul 18, 1:15pm -

The Chief People Officer

  • Great Places to Work in the State of Oklahoma
    If you are searching for a great place to work in the State of Oklahoma, be sure to first look at organizations who have obtained an official great workplace designation. Although these awards do not guarantee the workplace is perfect, it shows, howe…
    - 28 Jun 18, 3:47pm -
  • Great Places to Work in the City of Tulsa
    If you’re an employee located in Tulsa, Oklahoma and searching for a career at a great organization, you should only consider a Certified Great Place to Work. These companies have earned this designation after completing a rigorous vetting proce…
    - 22 Jun 18, 2:59pm -
  • Sometimes Experts Really Suck at Being Experts
    J.K. Rowling, writer of the best-selling Harry Potter book series, faced rejection from so-called experts. Twelve publishers rejected Rowling’s first Harry Potter manuscript. Twelve “experts” rejected who was to become the world’s first billi…
    - 6 Jun 18, 12:47pm -

Leadership Freak

  • newHow to Defeat Self-Doubt like a Leader
    Self-doubt laughs when you squander your talent. Shelves filled with books on self-confidence speak to a universal truth. We seek what we lack. Self-doubt: Amplifies the volume of your inner critic. Magnifies the… Continue reading →
    - 7 hours ago, 12 Nov 18, 12:00pm -
  • newSolution Saturday: They’re Paying Him Under the Table
    Dear Dan, I have been with a company for over 18 years. I was the “Jack of all trades” for a very long time. I did everything from managing to marketing. I have… Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago, 10 Nov 18, 9:57pm -
  • You Can’t Win if You Don’t Know How to Play
    His real name was Harvard. But we called my wife’s grandfather Tampie. Don’t play checkers with Tampie. The outcome was foreordained. He toyed with us whenever he convinced a sacrificial lamb to play.… Continue reading →
    - 3 days ago, 9 Nov 18, 1:13pm -

Ask a Manager

  • newmy coworker gets away with everything
    A reader writes: My coworker has a family member who was a pretty big deal in the company. Said relative has since retired, but her legacy sort of lives on. My coworker gets away with EVERYTHING. She treats her superiors with no respect, does whateve…
    - 1 hour ago, 12 Nov 18, 5:59pm -
  • newwhy don’t employers send job rejections anymore?
    You take time off work for a job interview, spend a few hours preparing for it, maybe buy a new suit, maybe even travel from out of state, and then … crickets. You hear nothing. Maybe you contact the hiring manager or the HR rep who scheduled the i…
    - 3 hours ago, 12 Nov 18, 3:59pm -
  • newopen toe shoes at work, my friend let her teenager do her work, and more
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Can I wear open toe shoes to work? So what is the rule about open toe shoes at work? I know you should not wear them in a job interview. I wore a suit and closed toe shoes. Now that I got the jo…
    - 14 hours ago, 12 Nov 18, 5:03am -

Three Star Leadership

  • newSome Business Books to Check Out: 11/12/18
    My business purpose is to help people create and discover great business books. One way I do that is by writing book reviews I intend to be both thorough and helpful. Doing a book review like that takes time. I’ll...
    - 20 mins ago, 12 Nov 18, 7:00pm -
  • newBoss’s Tip of the Week: Master the Learning Loop
    The learning loop is simple. If you keep it in mind, you will learn new tasks more effectively. There are only four steps. Plan what you want to do. Try it. Assess the results. Repeat. Plan-Try-Assess-Repeat Now you try...
    - 1 day ago, 11 Nov 18, 7:00pm -
  • Weekend Leadership Reading: 11/9/18
    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...
    - 3 days ago, 9 Nov 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 -