Some things just go together; Mulder & Scully, peanut butter & jelly, Hall & Oates… These mainstays seem to have always existed and we can’t imagine our lives without them. We don’t believe in that far away land from a time long ago in which Scully was a doctoral student who had no idea what an X-File was and…

You and your company have hired the best and the brightest to work for you, but for some reason your business is struggling to see the results these A players were supposed to be bringing with them. They have the required experience, the expectations have been clearly defined and shared and the team has all…

It is no secret that today’s Human Resources, or Human Capital, industry made its way onto the scene as The Personnel Department. In a time long before sophisticated networks housed human resources information systems, when employee information was maintained on 3×5 index cards in a file cabinet down the hall, we were signing and cutting…

Chazz Palminteri wrote the wonderful screenplay, a favorite of mine, A Bronx Tale. It was directed by and starred one of the greatest actors of our time, Robert De Niro. The film is set in the 1960s and chronicles several life events of a young boy, Cologero, who is faced with the choice of listening to the advice his bus…

Who doesn’t love combining work they love, being surrounded by smart people and getting to consume food they enjoy? If you happen to be doing this in the great state of Louisiana you also get to say things like acadiana, andouille, bayou, beignet, Cajun, crawfish, lagniappe, muffaletta, nutria, Parish, praline (pronounced “praw – leen”), and…

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of the Association of the Study of Negro Life and History, created Negro History Week in 1926 as an initiative to bring attention to the contributions of black people throughout American history. Because it coincided with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, the second week in February was designated…

Anxiety. Agony. Denial. Regret. Stress. What do all of these have in common? They are all things people experience when they hear that it is annual performance review time, especially if you are a people leader. And even more so if you have more than one direct report. In most organizations, performance appraisals are one…

According to a Dale Carnegie study, employee engagement is ‘the emotional and functional commitment an employee has to his or her organization”. This study shows: $11 Billion is lost annually due to employee turnover Companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202% 71% of all employees are not fully engaged There are…

You’ve been there before. You are part of a project team made up of individuals from various groups and functions. During the regular status update meeting it is revealed that Jane hasn’t completed the actions required to move the project to the next phase. Do you: A:  Shrug and walk away because you knew this was…