Getting Ready for #WorkHuman 2017

May 27, 2017

In less than 48 hours, I’ll board a plane headed to Phoenix for the WorkHuman 2017 event. This three-day business conference, which is produced by recognition software experts Globoforce, is unlike any I’ve ever attended. Globoforce is leading the charge to make our workplaces more “human.” To that end, the speakers at this conference talk […]

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Vulnerable Leaders are More Powerful Than They Know

May 15, 2017

When you think of the most effective leaders you’ve worked with, how would you describe them? Perhaps you said “charismatic,” “energetic,” or “visionary.” One word that probably didn’t spring immediately to your lips? Vulnerable. Which is too bad, because vulnerability is a powerful ally that helps leaders gain the cooperation necessary to get things done […]

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Winning Well Leadership Symposium

April 17, 2017

If you’ve ever traveled for an extensive period of time, you know the stress of making sure your household continues to run smoothly while you are gone. Whether it’s arranging for care of your pets, ensuring your kiddos get to all of their events on time, or simply finding somebody to put the trash out […]

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The Career Development Gap – Why Employees Think There’s No Growth Opportunity

March 30, 2017

When it comes to advancing their careers, employees aren’t feeling the love. That’s a key finding from a recent white paper produced by TINYPulse, a firm that specializes in gathering data on employee engagement and satisfaction. Only 26% of employees surveyed felt they had adequate opportunities for career growth. The managers of these same employees […]

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Be Kind to the Person Right in Front of You – #RTOK

March 6, 2017

Kindness is free, but sometimes we act as if it’s a rare treasure to hoard. Or, we think small actions won’t make a difference. We’re wrong on both counts. The act of kindness costs nothing but a few moments of time and it reaps huge dividends. The size of the gesture is less important than […]

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10 Years of #HR Posts – Happy Anniversary @CarnivalofHR

February 21, 2017

The Carnival of HR is 10 years old today! I starting contributing to the Carnival in 2009. That’s led to connections with countless of really smart minds in the recruiting, talent development and general HR arena. Robin Schooling, a VP of HR is the current ringleader for the Carnival, which offers a monthly round-up of […]

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Improve Your Decision Making By Doing These Three Things

February 20, 2017

Strappy heels or comfy flats? Ivy League or state college? At first glance, one choice is relatively simple, the other more fraught with complex decision-making. Look more closely, and you’ll see that sometimes even the “easy” choices are difficult. If you’ve ever struggled with what seems an obvious choice — say, “fruit cup or chocolate […]

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6 Phrases to Get a Derailed Conversation Back on Track

February 13, 2017

My mother always said that the true test of marriage was if a couple could successfully hang wallpaper together. Mr. People Equation and I have that handled. No problem. But engaging in a task that requires me to follow Mr. People Equation’s directions, such as moving furniture or positioning a picture on a wall for […]

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Trends in Professional Development – Self-Serve Learning

February 7, 2017

Humans are naturally curious creatures. When my kids were little it was such fun to watch them learn about their world. Give them a cardboard box, plastic spoons and nesting measuring cups and they would experiment endlessly. Somewhere along the line, many of us got our curiosity drilled out of us – probably due to […]

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Research that Supports Being “Good with People”

February 2, 2017

For years, I’ve written about how to “master the people equation” to make a positive impact in your work life. It seems obvious (to me, at least) that people who “get along” with others are more effective at getting stuff done. People aren’t real fond of Negative Nellies and Neds. They don’t like to work […]

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