The Right Thing

There is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience. French proverb Few things perplex the HR professional as much as the manager unwilling to do their work. If you don't want to manage get out of the way and let someone else do it. Every HR practitioner in the US (and maybe beyond for … Continue reading The Right Thing

Best Blogs 5 December 2014

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work.The latest ideas on organization life, personal collaboration and the power of work in life from practitioners around the globe are collected here so you may become more effective, perhaps even more satisfied, in career.Every week our theme emerges organically and the holiday season brings … Continue reading Best Blogs 5 December 2014

Best Blogs 18 July 2014

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work. Due to a slight upset - our house was under water due to heavy rains - we are two days delayed from our normal publish date, but we slog on undeterred! The latest ideas on organization life, personal collaboration and the politics of work … Continue reading Best Blogs 18 July 2014

Good Example

Even the worst manager is a good example of a bad example. Once I worked for a manager who was so arbitrary and capricious I never knew what to expect next. I could rail against - what I perceived - as her list of deficiencies but that would be venting. In the end she taught … Continue reading Good Example

The Bridge

Wanna buy a bridge? New Jersey Gov Chris Christie (R) fired one of his top aides today over a bridge scandal. Actually it was a traffic jam scandal. You can read the linked story for detail but let's be clear: there are few worse things you can do in the Garden State than intentionally back … Continue reading The Bridge

Exercise Responsibility

By nature I am an optimist. And yet every now and then I come face to face with things that make me shake my head. Not long ago I sat in on a training session with a potential client. While my purpose was to assess the material being used one couldn't help notice the behaviors … Continue reading Exercise Responsibility

Loving Work

How quickly we forget. Do you remember the feeling you had when you started your new job? The excitement and enthusiasm? Have you looked in the mirror lately to see where that is? Or where it went? Periodically I meet shiny new hires - first day on the job. I'm struck by how most (not … Continue reading Loving Work

Best Blogs 18 Oct 2013

Though fall is struggling to find its way to our little hamlet there's no shortage of cool stories here! What a great roundup of some of the best of the week! Best Blogs celebrates the innovator, change agent, dare-to-look-things-differently writer. In this edition we have recruiter blues, a question of fit, half an aswer and … Continue reading Best Blogs 18 Oct 2013

Judgment Day

Use your judgment. Its trendy for people to say things like its not my role to judge others, or, you're not the judge, or my personal favorite, don't judge me man! Judges and judging have gotten a bad rap. Yet if you're an HR professional I have news for you: you are the judge. We've … Continue reading Judgment Day

Blame Game

Who's to blame? HR people and bosses spend time listening. People want to share their stories and have a need to be heard. Its part of the human condition to commune with others. By and large this is a positive: the ability to engage with and hear the perspectives of others can often be the … Continue reading Blame Game