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…

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…

And now the fun begins. No matter where you are in the US, summer is slowly starting. In my region an unseasonably rainy May kept us at bay, the swimming pools not used, basketball courts empty and only the most intrepid runners facing Spring showers. But the sun has returned and the air is full…

Editorial Note: This is a guest post from Max Dubroff, an HR guy I met in Tulsa while attending the OKHR State HR Conference this year. We had a great conversation about 2nd chance employees and employers. I invited him to share his experiences with the PIC audience. You can connect with Max on LinkedIn…

“Quit singing and get back to work!” “Settle down! Don’t you have work to do?” “This work is serious so take it seriously!”  “I don’t appreciate that you and your team are always laughing and carrying on with everyone else.” Four statements.   Four assumptions.    Four reasons to make my blood boil. The first statement was…

The older I get the more liberal my thinking seems to become. At this juncture in my life there are some things that I can see more clearly. These days I am very clearly seeing the shift to more liberal (employee benefits) on two levels. Those benefits that employers choose to offer because they feel…

Perusing Facebook, I always see personality tests and posts where people brag about being either an introvert or an extravert. Some people use their lack of desire for interaction as an excuse to be standoffish and others attribute their good or bad actions to their outgoing personalities. Just last month, I attended a conference where Introversion/Extraversion seemed to…

In July, I wrote an article titled, “Three Powerful Words from a Leader: “It’s My Fault”, the article was about the importance of a leader owning mistakes. Continuing in the series, today I am going to write about three more powerful words from a leader: “I Trust You”. We aren’t flawless, and pretending to be so is far…

In June, fellow PIC contributor, Tiffany Kuehl wrote a post that cautioned organizations not to become “the place where talent goes to waste away”.  She described an environment that for some is quite familiar. The work is not challenging. Leaders are not effectively utilizing the skills, experiences, and abilities of their teams. Employees are bored….