She Made Me Better

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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 […]

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4 Issues with Traditional Training

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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 […]

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HR Lessons from the NFL

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So, lately, the NFL has been in the news about an incident which is still unfolding with the Miami Dolphins.  For the time being, this incident is centering around a couple of players – Johnathon Martin and Richie Incognito. The accusations range from bullying to racial discrimination to hazing and so on.  Moving away from […]

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How to Engage a Meaningful Mentorship

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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, […]

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Teacher Say, Student Do

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When I think of effective training, my mind journeys back to the original version of The Karate Kid from (1984). After Daniel and Mr. Miyagi meet, they share an exchange where Mr. Miyagi writes this post: Miyagi: Problem: attitude. Daniel: No the problem is, I’m getting my ass kicked every other day, that’s the problem. […]

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Achievement In Spite Of

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When looking at teams and evaluating performance and success, we oftentimes overlook the unsung and unlikely heroes and heroines that may not be the biggest, fastest or strongest. There are employees that are expected to succeed and sometimes fall short because the expectations are set too high. There are others that may have a sense […]

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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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Annual Compliance Training

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Perusing my old blog, XtremeHR, I came across this post I wrote in November 2010, and decided I would like to share it again since it is approaching annual compliance training in many organizations– let’s bring back the accountability folks! Each year many organizations role out annual compliance training required of its employees to complete. […]

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