Entitlement – It’s Your Fault

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“Hey, that’s not fair!” God, I cringe when I hear that, and I have heard it quite often. Someone got to eat at his desk when someone else was prohibited from doing so. A group was complaining about the annual pay increases getting reduced because business was down. A team was pissed the incentive offered […]

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Bigots – They’re Closer Than You Think

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I have, for years, taught discrimination and harassment prevention courses for employers large and small. And I have, for just as many years, spoke my mind to participants in these courses who laugh and joke about the content. “If you think this is funny, you’re part of the problem” has been the message time and […]

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The Resistance of American Women

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It’s March! This means we celebrate women in history. Through the US Congress’ designation in the late 80s, this month offers a special opportunity in our schools, our workplaces, and our communities to recognize and celebrate the often-overlooked achievements of American women.  I’ll honor seven women with this post by sharing with you their stories. Heidi […]

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Beaten By A Kid

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“Chess is life.” Bobby Fischer My 11 year old son, Andrew, got a chess set for Christmas; we’ve left it out on the dining table and we’ve played a game or two a day since he opened it up. For the most part, he has played like a typical adolescent – moving tactically and not […]

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Knee Deep in HR & Loving It!

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I love Human Resources. I love almost everything about it. Many HR headaches are overwhelmingly difficult, but that gives me a mental high. Many HR solutions are common sense, and while they come with a fairly large eye roll, they also allow me take a mental holiday and still seem amazingly brilliant! Many HR issues are […]

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KISMET (kiz-met)

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Kizmet It means fate, luck, providence, chance or divine will. I give up all sweets for Lent because it is very difficult for me to do so; over half of my consumed calories on any given day come from Hot Tamales, cakes, pies, cookies, jams or frozen desserts of some kind. My Girl Scout cookie investment showed […]

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Fine, Be a Bigot

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It’s not often our parents suggest we are anything less than authentic but from time to time back in my teenage years, my mom would tell me, “Heather, you may be the devil’s spawn but for God’s sake, quit acting like it!” She was, of course, suggesting that I present a kinder, more gentler me. Perhaps […]

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Inspired by Hate

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Hatefulness Unprofessionalism Those are hardly inspirational words, but they inspired this post. Recently, I concluded a workplace investigation that despite all the discriminatory allegations, counter claims, and retaliation complaints thrown around, what it boiled down to was there was a lot of hatefulness (feelings) and oodles of unprofessionalism (behavior). Hatefulness and unprofessionalism. They have no […]

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You’re My Favorite!

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Bosses who claim they don’t have favorites are lying! They’re lying to you and they’re lying to themselves. I don’t know why they bother lying; I believe having favorites is perfectly acceptable. Please note, “having favorites” and demonstrating “favoritism” are not the same thing. Giving an employee unfair preferential treatment at the expense of another is rude and wrong, and you […]

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