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People Equation

  • 6 Reasons You Might Be Setting a Poor Example for Your Team
    Young kids speak the truth, as anyone who’s ever been called out by a preschooler can tell you. I’ll never forget the time my three-year-old son looked at me with his innocent, big brown eyes and said, “Mama, you told me that’s a bad word. Ho…
    - 25 days ago, 24 Jul 17, 10:30am -
  • 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…
    - 36 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…
    - 52 days ago, 27 Jun 17, 10:30am -

Performance I Create

  • What I’ve Learned As Content Manager of PIC
    Performance I Create is over 7 years old. It was created by Chris Ponder (another great guy) in 2011. Back then I was new to social media and blogging. I had just started my first blog, the CostofWork, which is no more. Chris tweeted an open call for…
    - 23 days ago, 26 Jul 17, 12:30pm -
  • Dave Ryan Reviews ADP, The Behemoth
    This is the second review/overview of some of the major Payroll/HR software providers in the marketplace.  Today I want to talk about ADP (Automatic Data Processing). They are the behemoth out there. The Company is publicly traded and is often quote…
    - 25 days ago, 24 Jul 17, 12:39pm -
  • From 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…
    - 28 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 12:30pm -

The Chief People Officer

  • newThe Rumor Mill at Work
    If you are a business leader working to create a great workplace built on trust and respect, the typical company grapevine and rumor mill can work against your best efforts.  The people who tend to run these unofficial underground communication syst…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Aug 17, 6:37am -
  • When Good People Do Nothing
    Does your company allow bullying to occur in your workplace? If so, does your company also promote themselves as a responsible corporate citizen, espouse social responsibility, healthy living, nutrition and exercise, and charitable giving? If you ans…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Aug 17, 12:12pm -
  • 5 Ways to be Productive without Looking Busy
    Many employees fear they need to always look busy, even if they are taking a short break or silently thinking through a work issue. Workers feel the pressure to look busy even if they are faking it. This pressure to look busy is not the answer to cor…
    - 21 days ago, 28 Jul 17, 10:00am -

Leadership Freak

  • newA Simple Project that Nudges Managers to Notice Others.
    The shift from focusing on yourself to noticing others is essential to successful management. Systems and processes are essential, but people get things done. A manager’s performance is elevating the performance of others.… Continue reading →
    - 19 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 2:04pm -
  • new3 Steps When Good Intentions Blow Up
    Every leader knows what it’s like to saddle up and ride into a hurricane of personal attack. Storms are tipping points for success or failure. The issue isn’t the storm, it’s how you… Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago, 16 Aug 17, 5:40pm -
  • new5 Ways to Build Your Reputation as a Leader
    People justify their judgement once they tag you with a reputation. Character is more important than reputation. But leaders ignore the latter to their peril. You have one: Reputation is the way people… Continue reading →
    - 3 days ago, 15 Aug 17, 7:51pm -

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Three Star Leadership

  • newLeadership: Getting Intrinsic Motivation Right
    About a week ago, my seven-year-old grandson asked me how old I was. When I told him I was 71, his eyes got really, really big, like he didn’t realize that numbers went that high. I know you’re supposed to want to...
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 6:00pm -
  • newFrom the Independent Business Blogs: 8/16/17
    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...
    - 2 days ago, 16 Aug 17, 6:00pm -
  • newLeaders and Strategies in Real Life: 8/15/17
    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...
    - 3 days ago, 15 Aug 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 -