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People Equation

Performance I Create

  • 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…
    - 67 days ago, 2 Oct 19, 1:00pm -
  • Don’t Allow Supremacy On Your Watch!
    “Go back to where you came from!” It saddened me to no end that the president of the United States had the audacity to say this about four members of Congress recently. It sickens me to know that so many of “my fellow”  Americans seem to sup…
    - 69 days ago, 30 Sep 19, 1:00pm -
  • Red Rover, Red Rover…Whose Side Are You On Now?
    Red Rover Red Rover, send Heather right over!  Oh, how I loved that game when I was a kid. The objective, of course, is to get everyone on your side. Regardless of which side you started on, you defended your current side feverishly with your teamma…
    - 10 Jul 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

  • newHow to Compete Like a Leader
    Male cardinals attack reflections. At first, I thought they were admiring themselves in the mirrors on my truck. As time passed, I realized they were attacking their reflection. Focusing on the wrong competitor… Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago, 6 Dec 19, 12:00pm -
  • When to Just Shut Up and Do It
    I hate it when leaders respond to concerns or resistance with, “Just shut up and do it.” But sometimes NIKE is right, Just do it. Just shut up and do it: Discomfort is… Continue reading →
    - 3 days ago, 5 Dec 19, 12:00pm -
  • A 5 Step Project That Fuels Energy and Performance
    “A person can perform only from strength. One cannot build performance on weakness, let alone on something one cannot do at all.” Peter Drucker 5 step project: #1. List the top three strengths of… Continue reading →
    - 4 days ago, 4 Dec 19, 12:00pm -

Ask a Manager

  • newupdates: the mothering coworker, the fish microwaver, and more
    It’s “where are you now?” month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are three updates from past letter-writers. 1. Coworker sees herself as a mother figure T…
    - 21 hours ago, 7 Dec 19, 5:00pm -
  • newweekend free-for-all – December 7-8, 2019
    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: Be Frank With Me, by Julia Claiborne Johnson.…
    - 1 day ago, 7 Dec 19, 8:30am -
  • newupdates: the headphones ban, the written questions at a job interview, and more
    It’s “where are you now?” month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are four updates from past letter-writers. 1. My boss told me to stop wearing headphones…
    - 2 days ago, 6 Dec 19, 6:59pm -

Three Star Leadership

  • newWeekend Leadership Reading: 12/6/19
    Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular workdays. That’s a sure road to burnout. Take time to refresh yourself. Take time for something different. Take...
    - 2 days ago, 6 Dec 19, 4:00pm -
  • newLeadership: 6 Things Great Leaders Do Without Fanfare
    Great leaders do great things. We know that. There are heroic acts. There are momentous decisions. Those things get a lot of attention. But that’s not all leaders do. It’s not what they do most of the time. When the...
    - 3 days ago, 5 Dec 19, 7:00pm -
  • From the Independent Business Blogs: 12/4/19
    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, 4 Dec 19, 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 -