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People Equation

  • When Leaders Hold on Too Tightly Employee Engagement Suffers
    Are we looking at employee retention the wrong way? HR professionals and leaders invest significant time and effort on employee retention. There’s an interesting paradox to this organizational form of “holding on” to employees: the more we try…
    - 10 days ago, 13 Jul 17, 3:29pm -
  • A Very Human Julia Louis-Dreyfus
    A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of hearing actor and comedian Julia Louis-Dreyfus speak at the WorkHuman conference in Phoenix. She was interviewed by Michelle Gielan, a former news journalist turned positive psychology researcher. As Louis-Dreyf…
    - 26 days ago, 27 Jun 17, 10:30am -
  • Michelle Obama’s Mindset for Coping with Change
    Former First Lady Michelle Obama has a tried-and-tried formula for coping with change: don’t make a big deal out of it. That’s the workplace take-away that most impressed me when I heard Mrs. Obama speak at WorkHuman 2017 conference. It’s advic…
    - 41 days ago, 12 Jun 17, 3:50pm -

Performance I Create

  • newFrom Zero F**ks Given to Trying to Give a F**k
    Surely by now you’ve heard the term “zero f**ks, given” or as it is most used “I don’t give a f**k” this phrase is so popular that it has its own text message code, IDGAF. And, the “finger sign” emoji was approved and rolled out for w…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 12:30pm -
  • The Bright Side of HR
    I’ve been in HR for twelve years. To say it’s a love/hate job is an understatement. Some days are rewarding, other days not quite. I’ve thought about leaving HR but stop when I remember the good stuff: the variety, the phenomenal HR people I’…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Jul 17, 12:30pm -
  • Can You Handle a Long Career in HR?
    I came to an HR career after about 12 years in Engineering and Operations. I had been on the periphery, trying to learn how to make operations better through better people-related decisions. As anyone who has spent a significant time in HR will tell…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Jul 17, 12:30pm -

The Chief People Officer

  • 5 Guidelines for a No Layoff Policy
    Most every week there is news of a company layoff.  Layoffs are a curse on Corporate America. The act of eliminating jobs to appease investors is a big kick in the gut to everyone involved: #1 The departing employees – definitely the hardest hit,…
    - 12 days ago, 11 Jul 17, 3:35pm -
  • Making Employees Number One
    Are you pro-employee or pro-company? This is a ridiculous question, isn’t it?  The question assumes that if you are pro-employee you are anti-company, or if you are pro-company you are anti-employee.  Although this is a formula for organizational…
    - 23 days ago, 30 Jun 17, 9:30am -
  • Should I Quit My Job?
    Workplace bullying is a real problem. Workers deal with the brutal effects of psychological mistreatment every day. One of our readers recently asked the following very important question about workplace bullying. Kevin, I have some questions on work…
    - 24 days ago, 29 Jun 17, 3:03pm -

Leadership Freak

  • newPigs Don’t Lay Eggs but Leadership is Intervention
    Apart from intervention, the past is the future. Past performance reflects future accomplishment. Past attitudes predict future interactions. Leadership is intervention. Intervention is: Disruption…Interruption…Interference. Intervention is makin…
    - 20 hours ago, 22 Jul 17, 2:10pm -
  • newRecommended Summer Reads for Leadership Freaks
    The thing I love about good books is they help me think my own thoughts. Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman If you read one book this summer, read Thinking, Fast and… Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 11:49am -
  • new10 Things that Make Dumb Leaders Smart Today
    One of the best things to discover is your own lack of brilliance.   Brain function goes down when you’re: Stressed out. If stress makes you dumb, some leaders must be dim-wits.  Fatigued… Continue reading →
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 12:16pm -

Ask a Manager

  • newweekend free-for-all – July 22-23, 2017
    This comment section is open for any non-work-related discussion you’d like to have with other readers, by popular demand. (This one is truly no work and no school.) Book recommendation of the week: The Boy Who Loved Too Much: A True Story of Path…
    - 21 hours ago, 22 Jul 17, 1:30pm -
  • newupdate: telling my company to revoke my IT access during our legal dispute
    Remember the letter-writer last month who was on unpaid leave during a legal dispute with her company, had discovered that they hadn’t revoked her high-level IT access, and was wondering how to suggest they do so? (#5 at the link) Here’s the upda…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 5:56pm -
  • newopen thread – July 21-22, 2017
    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. If you want an answer from me, emailing me is still your best bet*, but this is a chance t…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 3:00pm -

Three Star Leadership

  • newBoss’s Tip of the Week: Managing a project is different
    You’ll spend a lot of time working on projects in your business life. When you’re a member of the project team, it’s your responsibility to help the team succeed. When you’re the project team leader your twin...
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 10:45am -
  • newHow three men in suits made Apollo 11 a success
    October 5, 1957 was mild for October in New York City. I usually don’t remember the details of weather on a specific date, but that night was special. My family and several other people went to the roof of our...
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 6:00pm -
  • From the Independent Business Blogs: 7/19/17
    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...
    - 4 days ago, 19 Jul 17, 6:00pm -

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 -