Communication

BS That Works – New Video Series

January 12, 2015

A few years ago, I read the book Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change. It remains one of my favorite business books of the last decade. The authors are part of a consulting firm called Vital Smarts and I’m subscribed to their newsletter. Vital Smarts has recently launch a series called The Behavioral Science […]

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Trust in Leadership Affects Employee Retention #EWS2014

December 8, 2014

I’m a sponsored blog partner with Spherion (a staffing and recruiting organization) and am participating in the release of findings from Spherion’s 2014 Emerging Workforce Study.  All opinions are mine. This is the final in a series on Spherion’s research project, the Emerging Workforce Study 2014. Over the past 15 years, Spherion has surveyed employees […]

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Free Resource – 18 Ways to Think Before You Speak

December 4, 2014

Why is it so hard to shut up? Evidently, many people ask themselves that question and a Google search leads them to my blog. Go figure. So I pulled together a nifty tip sheet called “Why is It So Hard to Shut Up? 18 Ways to Think Before You Speak.” It’s a downloadable tip sheet […]

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3 Important Elements of the Employment Life Cycle #EWS2014

November 24, 2014

I’m a sponsored blog partner with Spherion (a staffing and recruiting organization) and am participating in the release of findings from Spherion’s 2014 Emerging Workforce Study.  All opinions are mine. My first in this blog series, Employee Engagement and Company Mission: What’s the Connection?, covered the first three elements of the employment life cycle: attraction, recruitment […]

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Don’t Wait Around for the Company CEO to Explain the Vision

November 12, 2014

If you’re a manager, did you know that part of your job description includes the ability to translate vague corporate-speak mission and vision statements into actionable tasks for your team? What? You just checked your job description and it says absolutely nothing about that? Well, you’re out of luck, because if you want a team […]

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Resources for Feedback, Productive Meetings, Leadership and Career

November 10, 2014

Last month’s article for HR Answers was a bit of a smorgasbord. I covered meetings, giving feedback to a colleague and reviewed a total of nine books on popular HR and Leadership themes such as employee engagement, organizational culture, and establishing a thriving career. People love to hate meetings. I tend to swim upstream on […]

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Social Intelligence – It’s Hardly Ever About You

October 23, 2014

It’s hardly ever about you. That’s a key take-away I gleaned from GRAPE’s October presenter, leadership coach Tamara Rosier, who spoke about “Social Intelligence: What it Is and Why It Matters”. Now, you might think that I’m talking about selfishness (or selflessness) but in the context of social intelligence, it’s really about how much we […]

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Career Advice from HR Answers.com

October 13, 2014

For the month of September, the focus of my HR Answers page was “Careers”. Do you have a desire to move forward in your career, or even just get more out of the job you have now? Here are three articles that offer career-building tips:     First up, it’s Boost Your Career with these […]

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29 Essays on How to Develop Leaders

October 7, 2014

Mary Ila Ward of Horizon Point Consulting is the host of this month’s Leadership Development Carnival. The carnival, which was started by Dan McCarthy of the Great Leadership blog, takes an occasional road trip. This month, it’s at Mary’s blog “The Point Blog.” Twenty nine leadership bloggers  contributed to the carnival with thoughts on: –  Managing the […]

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3 Things Every Leader Should Ask at Update Meetings

September 25, 2014

Leaders, do you want a simple, easy-to-remember process for staying up-to-date with your team’s workload? Here’s an idea I heard from my colleague Sally. (She said it was OK to share with my blog readers, so, thanks Sally!) Sally told me about a process that one of her favorite managers created to stay in communication […]

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