The 100 & the 1,000

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We are a number. We are a filled vacancy within XYZ department. We are a statistic. We are an expense. We are assigned these – and many more – labels during the course employment. And, when you think about it, all of the proceeding is true when it comes to our position in any business. […]

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No Desk Required !!

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Often HR is tied to another piece of elusive, mythical furniture.  Ironically though, this isn’t the piece of furniture that ties us down the most.  To me, the desk is the most oppressive item that keeps HR from being as effective as it could be. What things are typically associated with desks and HR ?? […]

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Catching Fire !!

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I have to admit that I’m caught up in the Catching Fire hype as the 2nd installment of The Hunger Games trilogy movie just came out !!  I love movies and I’m a voracious reader who loved every moment of the trilogy.  This isn’t a post about how HR folks are tributes fighting daily in the […]

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Break the Rules !!

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One of the BIG knocks on HR is that we tend to be rule people.  We create rules.  We encourage others to enforce rules.  And, we even spend hours and hours sweating over an Employee Handbook which is “needed,” but few ever read (including HR folks). Why do we do this?  I mean it.  Have […]

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The Mystery of Feedback !!

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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 […]

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Cultivating Potential

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While picking up some hotcakes at McDonald’s, I noticed a little promotional graphic on the side of the large plastic bag.  It said, “Grow Your Own, We Did.” The graphic had a bowl of something that looked hot and good, a plant and it’s roots, and a stat about the success of their restaurant managers […]

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Best of You

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Is someone getting the best of you? Maybe that means they’re getting your best possible performance? Or, maybe they’re taking advantage? How about your team members…are you creating an environment where they know you are getting the best out of them? Do they know you will support them when they take risks, and fail? If […]

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Onboarding and Training Still Matter

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I’ve had the pleasure of career coaching several individuals regarding interview tips, resumes and other ways to separate themselves from the pack in this crazy job market. One thing I hadn’t counted on was onboarding and training problems that exist out here in the workplace. I have 2 clients, 2 different companies, with surprising experiences. […]

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