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People Equation

  • 7 Reasons Leaders Should Focus on Developing Employee Soft Skills
    Why are we still talking about the importance of leaders developing employee soft skills? Here’s why: the more that automation in all of its forms become part of our daily work lives, the more we need to bring to bear the one thing that a machine w…
    - 73 days ago, 9 Apr 18, 10:30am -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 5 Mar 18, 11:30am -

Performance I Create

  • Bigots – They’re Closer Than You Think
    I have, for years, taught discrimination and harassment prevention courses for employers large and small. And I have, for just as many years, spoke my mind to participants in these courses who laugh and joke about the content. “If you think this is…
    - 8 days ago, 13 Jun 18, 1:00pm -
  • Pleasantly Plump in HR
    Often wonder what goes through someone’s mind when meeting another business professional for the first time? Some might not while others may wonder about their own appearance, is there a stain on their shirt or food in their teeth. When you’re co…
    - 10 days ago, 11 Jun 18, 1:00pm -
  • CSU and the Myth of the Meritocracy (You Don’t Belong Here)
    That Colorado State University blow-up with the two Native American students being harassed while on a college tour has me thinking. Specifically, on why I get annoyed at folks who push back on diversity, inclusion, and representation in the workplac…
    - 15 days ago, 6 Jun 18, 1:00pm -

The Chief People Officer

  • 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…
    - 15 days ago, 6 Jun 18, 12:47pm -
  • Making a Best Workplace List is Not a Marketing Strategy
    Trying to make a best workplace list is not a marketing strategy. It is a people strategy. Making the “list” should be based on treating employees with trust and respect. If your great workplace initiative is being championed by the marketing dep…
    - 22 days ago, 30 May 18, 3:04pm -
  • Core Values Should Extend to Candidate Experience
    An organization’s core values should extend to their candidate experience. From the moment a job candidate enters their data in an applicant tracking system, the organization’s core values should reach out and touch them. For most companies, appl…
    - 23 days ago, 29 May 18, 7:50pm -

Leadership Freak

  • newThe True Power of Purpose
    Purpose makes you work when others rest and keep trying when success only glimmers in the distance. A leader with purpose can’t be stopped.   Foolish: When you find purpose, you’re like a… Continue reading →
    - 15 hours ago, 20 Jun 18, 9:08pm -
  • newThe Truth about Finding Purpose
    Think of someone who found purpose. Were they self-centered or other-centered?  Get out of yourself if you want to find purpose. The most surprising truth about finding purpose is it’s about others. Those… Continue reading →
    - 24 hours ago, 20 Jun 18, 12:29pm -
  • new10 Powerful Practices That Lower Resistance to Change
    Resistance to change is futile in growing organizations. Change will happen eventually. If change doesn’t happen, organizations die. Change indicates life. Death is the absence of change. 10 sources of resistance to change:… Continue reading →
    - 1 day ago, 20 Jun 18, 12:11am -

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Three Star Leadership

  • newFrom the Independent Business Blogs: 6/20/18
    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...
    - 18 hours ago, 20 Jun 18, 6:00pm -
  • newLeaders and Strategies in Real Life: 6/19/18
    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...
    - 2 days ago, 19 Jun 18, 6:00pm -
  • newBook Review: The Excellence Dividend
    The Excellence Dividend: Meeting the Tech Tide with Work That Wows and Jobs That Last by Tom Peters is different. It’s different than other business books. It’s different from other Tom Peters’ books. Especially...
    - 3 days ago, 18 Jun 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 -