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People Equation

  • Lead Like a Human, Not a Manager
    In today’s fast-paced world of business is it possible to bring humanity back to leadership? A new book backed by research and co-authored by a Harvard Business Review contributor aims to answer that question for you. In The Mind of the Leader: How…
    - 10 days ago, 13 Mar 18, 10:30am -
  • Leadership Tips for Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace
    “I asked you here today to let you know where I’ve been for the past month. I was in a mental health facility.” So began a conversation with a colleague that I admired tremendously. His confession surprised me; we had worked on a long-term proj…
    - 18 days ago, 5 Mar 18, 11:30am -
  • Leaders Who Know When to Shut Up Get Better Ideas from the Team
    For many years, I worked with a highly effective (and very respected) leader named Jack, who at the time was a senior executive at a large insurance company. After working together on a few corporate projects, Jack asked me to lead a three-day strate…
    - 25 days ago, 26 Feb 18, 11:30am -

Performance I Create

  • newCelebrating The Silent Leaders In My Life
    Leaders are undoubtedly everywhere! If you look up the word leader, you’ll find all sorts of definitions. Growing up, I didn’t care to know or need to know the definition of a leader. The leaders in my life were at home, school, work, within my c…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Mar 18, 1:00pm -
  • The Resistance of American Women
    It’s March! This means we celebrate women in history. Through the US Congress’ designation in the late 80s, this month offers a special opportunity in our schools, our workplaces, and our communities to recognize and celebrate the often-overlook…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Mar 18, 1:00pm -
  • Women’s History; We Need More Sheroes
    The roles of women and the ways they have impacted society have changed tremendously since women first gained the right to vote in 1920. In decades past, the contributions of women were often limited, as they were commonly controlled by men, whether…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Mar 18, 1:00pm -

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

  • newThe Six Pitfalls of Leadership
    The pitfalls of leadership spring from within. Dangers that emerge from within are more perilous than dangers that attack from without. The Six Pitfalls of Leadership: #1. Perceived knowledge. “Those who think they… Continue reading →
    - 3 hours ago, 23 Mar 18, 6:56pm -
  • new7 Power Tips for Having a Tough Conversation
    “The point is this: difficult conversations are almost never about getting the facts right. They are about conflicting perceptions, interpretations, and values.” Douglas Stone, Difficult Conversations. 7 Power Tips for Having a Tough… Continue…
    - 22 hours ago, 23 Mar 18, 12:07am -
  • new6 Power Tips for Having a Tough Conversation
    You tried to deal with the issue when it was small but there’s no improvement. Now it’s time for a tough conversation. Power Tips for Tough Conversations: #1. Build positive relationships: Positive relationships… Continue reading →
    - 1 day ago, 22 Mar 18, 11:26am -

Ask a Manager

  • newopen thread – March 23-24, 2018
    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…
    - 7 hours ago, 23 Mar 18, 3:00pm -
  • newI’m supposed to hide that I was a stay-at-home mom, rude receptionist, and more
    It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. I was told to hide that I used to be a stay-at-home mom I had a very strange review yesterday, where my boss shared some feedback that she received from another leader in our organization. Basic…
    - 18 hours ago, 23 Mar 18, 4:03am -
  • newam I sabotaging my former intern’s job prospects?
    A reader writes: About two and a half years ago, I was hired by a cultural organization as their only staff person. While the job was not without its challenges, it was a great learning experience and I excelled in my role, which has greatly boosted…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Mar 18, 5:59pm -

Three Star Leadership

  • newWeekend Leadership Reading: 3/23/18
    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...
    - 4 hours ago, 23 Mar 18, 6:00pm -
  • newDo You Want a Rich Life? 4 Things to Do Every Day
    I’m pretty sure no one has ever gotten up in the morning and said to him or herself, “I’m going to waste this whole day and maybe the entire week, too!” No one does it on purpose, but lots of us do it. And we...
    - 1 day ago, 22 Mar 18, 6:00pm -
  • newFrom the Independent Business Blogs: 3/21/18
    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...
    - 2 days ago, 21 Mar 18, 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 -