O.P.P., how can I explain it I’ll take you frame by frame it To have you all jumpin’ shall we singin’ it O is for Other, P is for People scratch ya temple The last P…well…that’s not that simple It’s sorta like another way to call something an issue Employees come in start talking need…

After graduating college, my first real professional experience was in a nationwide retail-clothing store. Having worked there part-time during school, I was afforded the opportunity upon graduation to become a manager in the home store of our District Manager (DM). As an hourly associate I had heard the horror stories about the DM but I…

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…

I met with a client the other day who was telling me about one of his favorite employees. Words like high performer, rockstar, favorite and value-added team member were used generously by this man – I could have pulled ten or so sound-bites regarding engagement and performance out of his monologue. I’m known for being…

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…

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…

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’s October. A month in many organizations where there is a lot going on such as benefits open enrollment, Q4 and 2014 planning, engagement survey results, and much more. All of us are busy with the many tasks keeping us pre-occupied through the remainder of the year; however, there is one item you should ensure…

I was recently at SHRM13 swimming in a sea of people.  The majority of the 15,000+ were moving like a constant stream rushing to sessions, the exhibition hall, the SHRM Store, the Hive, etc.  Rarely were you in a space where people weren’t coursing around you.  However, in the midst of all of these bodies,…

Companies are notorious when it comes to feedback.  There are countless systems developed, executed and utilized at all levels of an organization.  We want to know what people think !!  Or do we ?? Seriously, one of the areas that HR is thrust into on at least an annual basis is some sort of programmed, structured…