In a previous life, I worked in for a home care agency.  When I arrived, I was the low woman on the totem pole designated as the Personnel Coordinator/Recruiter. I remember being excited to leave the previous hellhole I was in and moving on to a much more sane environment – or so I thought….

  There is this sentiment in the world of business and HR that people who are intrinsically-driven and high-performing are the only people we need to power our companies. In fact, I have observed on several occasions the disdain of a hiring manager and business partner who were less than enthused to consider an internal…

Training today doesn’t look like it did years ago. The tools, technology, and research help us to deliver better, more engaging development experiences. Today we’re going to take a look at four critical weaknesses of traditional training programs. You might recognize some of your own organization’s training practices, so take some time to consider if…

Summertime in the world of work is usually when you find relaxed dress codes, shortened work weeks, and extended vacations. It is also the time where companies set aside time to bring up the next generation of the workforce – interns! Like most leaders, you believe in the value of an internship program. Your company…

NASCAR just had one of their biggest races of the season, The Daytona 500, and there were all kinds of headlines that surrounded the event: The #3 car, driven by Dale Earnhardt, Sr., being driven for the first time since his untimely death A 6-hour rain delay Dale Earnhardt, Jr., winning the race and ending…

Managers cannot do it all; nor should they be expected to. And for managers to create and maintain an environment of efficiency, learning, fairness and excellence, they have to learn how to get their teams active and involved.  They must delegate. It’s been said that the ability to delegate determines one’s success. Equally as important to the…

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to take part in the Tough Mudder in Dallas. Now when I told people I was going to complete this race, many told me I was crazy. However, I saw it differently. I saw it as an opportunity to take part in something challenging and fun. Fast forward…

Gamify That Training Process After reading my colleague – coconspirator and PIC mate, Janine Truitt’s article “Building Training Programs for Effective Learning and Development” I was inspired. You see in my practitioner days my major responsibility was training and development. I loved it. I got a buzz out of making the old process new, better…

Today’s post is from guest blogger Heather Kinzie. Heather has been a Human Resources professional for nearly 20 years.  She likes to make things better so she develops/presents training courses and facilitates team/process/strategy improvement events.  Her clients benefit from her expertise and her insight but moreover, they appreciate her pragmatic and often brutally honest thoughts,…

It is conference season in SHRMland. That means volunteers from local chapters and state councils across the nation are planning, organizing, networking, negotiating and preparing. The result – a state HR conference designed to bring HR pros from around their respective states to learn, develop, connect and grow. The state of Kansas is no different….

In a day and time when budgets are being cut and every dime has to be accounted for, it’s critical that everyone is able to show how they impact a company’s bottom line. It’s especially hard when you have departments like HR who clearly have value, but because they are not a “profit center”, it’s…

There is nothing worse than dreading your company training classes. After all, your company is trying to do something that is in the best interest of your career, so you have to give them an “E” for effort. I have worked for companies where thirty minutes into the training I am already taking micro sleeps…