A Very Human Julia Louis-Dreyfus

June 27, 2017

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of hearing actor and comedian Julia Louis-Dreyfus speak at the WorkHuman conference in Phoenix. She was interviewed by Michelle Gielan, a former news journalist turned positive psychology researcher. As Louis-Dreyfus settled in for the interview, her trademark wit surfaced: “Huh. Happiness researcher. I just can’t get enough […]

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Michelle Obama’s Mindset for Coping with Change

June 12, 2017

Former First Lady Michelle Obama has a tried-and-tried formula for coping with change: don’t make a big deal out of it. That’s the workplace take-away that most impressed me when I heard Mrs. Obama speak at WorkHuman 2017 conference. It’s advice borrowed from parenting her two girls. Mrs. Obama said that she and President Obama’s […]

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WorkHuman: Still on My A-List for Conferences

June 5, 2017

WorkHuman 2017 is now a memory. I’ve traveled home from Phoenix and had a few days to digest the benefits of this conference. I’m happy to report all of the observations from my first WorkHuman still apply. Now in its third year, the WorkHuman conference continues to help HR and business leaders can bring humanity […]

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WorkHuman Day 3: @MichelleObama and @Globoforce

June 1, 2017

Day 3 at the WorkHuman conference. Today social media will be flooded with the hashtag #WorkHuman and #MichelleObama because the former first lady closed the conference with a one-hour interview with Walgreen’s Chief Diversity Officer Steve Pemberton. I’ll add my two cents’ worth about my reaction to seeing the former first lady in a separate […]

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#WorkHuman Day 2: Organization of the Future

May 31, 2017

WorkHuman Day 2 just wrapped. Here’s how the day went down. HR Executive Panel Derek Irvine, Globoforce’s VP, Client Strategy & Consulting, moderated a three-person panel of senior leaders in the HR role. The topics were wide-ranging, covering many aspects of the employee experience: recognition, performance management and the role of employee citizenship and charitable […]

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#WorkHuman 2017 Day 1: Bring Your Whole Self to Work

May 30, 2017

It’s Day 1 of Globoforce’s WorkHuman 2017 conference. As I mentioned in this post, I’m covering several tracks as a “live blogger” for the Globforce team. So here’s how my time in Phoenix has shaped up so far . . . My WorkHuman Experience actually started the day before the conference. Because it was my […]

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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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