I came to an HR career after about 12 years in Engineering and Operations. I had been on the periphery, trying to learn how to make operations better through better people-related decisions. As anyone who has spent a significant time in HR will tell you, there comes a time where nothing about people will surprise…

The way news moves today (both real and #fakenews) I could write a post a day about how one U.S. company or another screwed up regarding public relations, customer relations, or employee relations. It could be United Airlines – pick one of many reasons – or Pepsi, or Chick-Fil-A.  Every day, something. This is not…

I have always had an open-door policy. Except now, I work in an open office and have no door – or desk – so it’s now more of a “grab-a-chair-and-sit-here” policy. It works for me. People know where to find me or they send an IM asking where I am today.  Sometimes it’s about a…

That part of my career spent in HR has been filled with new learning about people. All kinds of people. One thing I have come to learn is that there is a huge difference between understanding something about another person’s experience and feeling what they feel. I can’t know how they feel about certain things…

With all the emphasis on fake news recently, it is good to see that when someone posts something that doesn’t sound quite right, someone else does the research and adds information to the post. I ran into this last week when someone posted something from 2013 regarding Barilla pasta, and it was quickly researched and…

Many people I know were happy to say goodbye to 2016. The top complaints seem to be: The loss of “too many” celebrities or artists (actors, authors, musicians that inspired them) and in some cases, people and family who we love and are close to The crazy US election, and a result that feels intolerable to…

Ah, fall is in the air in the Northern Hemisphere. In the U.S. that creates many opportunities (or excuses) for people to celebrate. Your favorite MLB team may have just made the playoffs (Go Tribe!), or your NFL team or college team have just started the quest for domination. Then there are the traditional fall…

My commute to work is less than three miles, and that’s the primary use for one of our vehicles. I end up at the gas station about once a month, and oil changes are almost 9 months apart. Both of these actions generally are a time for checking the status of the car’s systems beyond…

Let me start this by acknowledging that it represents a single data point. There is just not sufficient information to determine why the officer involved did what he did. I believe that many white Americans can simply not comprehend what is referred to as white privilege, and I hope maybe this will help in at…

As I write this today, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has let it be known that he is vetoing the proposed “Free Exercise Protection Act”,  House Bill 757. The “protection” part of the act was to protect faith-based groups who refused to provide social, educational or charitable services that violate their religious beliefs. Oh, and they could…

I’ve had about 14 bosses in my professional career, and even more if you count the people that were leading various projects I have been assigned to. If you asked me if they had anything in common, I couldn’t identify one thing that was consistent among them all, only traits that made some of them…