I recently returned from a Society for Human Resource Management conference in San Diego called the “SHRM Regional Council Business Meeting”.  On twitter we adopted the hashtag #SHRMBiz.  Those in attendance were State Council Directors from all 50 states, the Director Elects and the Workforce Readiness Chairs as well.  In total, there was about 130…

I have a 10 year old son, and this affords me the opportunity to practice my leadership skills. A recent situation with my little guy served as an excellent example of managing what I like to call the “Three Buts of Performance Problems.” I have a rule in my house that clean clothes are to be…

I used to “journal.” Doesn’t that sound distinguished and all grown up? Just writing it should make me feel a bit better about my maturity and intelligence but alas, there is that darned “used to” in front of it. It was past tense, way back when. Obviously, I don’t do it anymore, but maybe I should. This morning, I…

Being in business keeps getting more and more challenging every year. It seems to me that it is getting to the point when some exceptionally bright, forward thinking entrepreneur has an idea to build a better mouse trap they are going to research what a business model might look like, and it just scares the…

It’s November!  For many of you, November means autumn, or maybe even winter and snow. It may mean a warmer wardrobe or planning a holiday vacation. For me, November means fuzzy socks, cozy jammies and books and, because mid-November marks the anniversary of her death, November takes my mind to my mom. My mom was…

After a year hiatus, it’s time to get back in shape and I’ve started going to the gym again. The other day my daughter asked me about the exercise journal I use: “So, does everyone at the gym carry a clip board?” The short answer was, “No.” and her question got me thinking about how…

“Talent”  & “Talent Management” These are the latest overused industry buzzwords…but what do they mean? I had a supervisor who claimed she was “managing talent” and insisted I take numerous courses on timekeeping, accounting, and finance even though it was obvious I had no aptitude whatsoever with numbers or money. The result? Thousands of dollars were spent in an attempt…

Abraham Lincoln Ansel Adams Coco Chanel Larry Ellison Mark Rich Ray Croc Steve Wozniak Vidal Sassoon The people in this list come from divergent fields: leadership, photography, high fashion, technology and food to name a few. They also lived in very different time periods.  What, if anything, do they have in common? The above are…

My mother died in 1991; I was 21 years old and, for all intents and purposes, I should have no longer needed my mother. The problem was, I had been a schmuck of a kid, a wench as a teenager and an arrogant young adult. I offer those depressing nuggets to suggest to you that my mind was not open for her…

The operation and scope of working in today’s business world is becoming more and more complex. Continuous introduction of information, competitors, new technology, stakeholder demands, and regulatory changes can make even the most savvy business professional a little uneasy. Therefore, executives and employees alike are in much need of tools which make handling the increasing…

Ram Charan recently published an article on Harvard Business Review entitled, It’s Time to Split HR. As you can expect, it is the typical article that demonstrates to business leaders the Human Resources function is nothing more than transactional, it doesn’t provide CEOs with the sounding board they need, business acumen is lacking and people…