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People Equation

Performance I Create

  • newEngaging in Bullying Behavior and Being a Bully are Different Things
    Many of you who have read my blogs over the years know that I often refer to, learn from, or are inspired by my kids. Today’s post is no different but in this case, it is written with one of them. I was trying to wrap my arm around bullying, micro…
    - 14 hours ago, 21 Jan 20, 2:00pm -
  • Happy Birthday, Dr. King (I’d Be Lost Without You)
    For me, today kicks off a week-long celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. Yes, I know as a nation it is celebrated the 3rd Monday in January, HOWEVER, his bornday is January 15th. So why do I celebrate beginning on his actual birthday u…
    - 7 days ago, 15 Jan 20, 3:15pm -
  • You’d Better Think About What You’re Trying To Do To Me
    NPR recently reported that 1 in 16 women say that their first sexual experience was rape. Here is the link to that report. Think about that for a moment. Think about what that entails and why it is important for all of us to know. As a woman who ha…
    - 2 Oct 19, 1:00pm -

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

  • newMaking Decisions When the Path is Uncertain and Confusing
    The path forward is uncertain and confusing: Multiple options present themselves. Future contingencies hide from sight. Decisions narrow or eliminate options. Conflicting advice calls from reliable sources. Results matter. You feel pulled between……
    - 16 hours ago, 21 Jan 20, 12:00pm -
  • newWhere Talent Thrives or Dies – How to Build Effective Teams
    Poorly run teams are where talent goes to die. Talent thrives on effective teams. Talent dies where jerk-holes thrive. Where talent thrives: There’s more to success than meeting the numbers. You get what… Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago, 20 Jan 20, 1:40pm -
  • Solution Saturday: How to Earn Respect
    Dear Dan, I need help! I am the new manager to a team of experienced professionals. How do I earn their respect? Sincerely, New Manager Dear New, Congratulations on being selected to manage… Continue reading →
    - 4 days ago, 18 Jan 20, 3:14pm -

Ask a Manager

  • newhow do you deal with professional insults followed by with “I’m just kidding”?
    A reader writes: Fortunately this isn’t a problem I’m dealing with anymore. The offending party left my company. However, the tactic they used still bothers me, and I was wondering if you had any advice about it. The problem coworker was a manage…
    - 9 hours ago, 21 Jan 20, 6:59pm -
  • newmy employee has a bad attitude
    A reader writes: I manage an employee with an attitude problem. Kevin is a couple years out of college, and he has management ambitions. He did excellent work for several months after he was hired, and the quality of his work isn’t the issue here.…
    - 10 hours ago, 21 Jan 20, 5:29pm -
  • newour boss told us to camp in tents when we travel for business
    A reader writes: I started on staff at a small environmental/conservation nonprofit. My coworkers and I are PR, fundraising, and outreach staff. All of us are brand new due to turnover. Today we received an email from our boss that says: “When we a…
    - 12 hours ago, 21 Jan 20, 3:59pm -

Three Star Leadership

  • newLeadership and Management Book Podcast: Great Books We Re-Read
    Want to be sure that you’re going to read a great book? Reread a great book that you’re already read. Art and I are both avid rereaders. In this podcast you’ll learn why we think you should be one, too. We also...
    - 1 day ago, 20 Jan 20, 4:00pm -
  • newBoss’s Tip of the Week: Enable
    In the Industrial Age when bosses often knew as much or more about the work as the people doing it, control may have been the core of supervision. Today, you probably don’t know as much as the people on your team...
    - 2 days ago, 19 Jan 20, 7:00pm -
  • Leading Knowledge Workers
    There are several definitions of “knowledge worker.” Almost all them use a phrase something like “workers who think for a living.” But it’s more than thinking, it’s also making decisions and spotting...
    - 5 days ago, 16 Jan 20, 4:00pm -
  • 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 -