5 Reasons Why Women Make Effective Business Leaders

If your organization is looking to hire ambitious go-getters and potential leaders, it is necessary for your hiring managers to pay special attention to the finer details of recruitment assessment. What qualities should you screen for? What strengths, skills and abilities are needed to lead a team? What personality characteristics are known to lend themselves…read more

#SHRM17 – Making the Most of Your Experience

In June, I’ll be heading down to New Orleans to once again join the ranks of the SHRM Annual Blogging and Social Media team.  Stay tuned over the next few months for various posts on what to expect, session and speaker previews, and on-site coverage of the happenings throughout the event.   Every year in…read more

Why and How to On-Board New Employees

The definition of on-boarding is “the action or process of integrating a new employee into an organization or familiarizing a new customer or client with one’s products or services.” If done right, new employee on-boarding can increase productivity and enhance retention. Done incorrectly or not at all, can lead to the opposite – frustrated, under-performing…read more

A Different Kind of Diversity #WorkHuman

Diversity in the workplace.  By no means a new concept, and certainly one worth our attention as HR and business professionals.  Plain and simple, diversity makes our workplaces better, serving as a catalyst for different types of thinking, ways to approach problems, and perspectives/frames of reference. Most often when we talk about diversity in the…read more

You Can Learn A Lot Hanging Around The Playground

If you knew now that what made you popular as a teenager could potentially make you unpopular as an adult would you have behaved differently? I know I would. Let’s dial it back even further. If you understood that the simple messages bestowed upon you in grade school, your backyards, and the actions witnessed on…read more

Sometimes You Need a Break….And That’s Okay [Revisited]

Editor’s Note: This post originally ran in January.  I’m reposting it now due to some site issues that required taking down the original.   It happens to the best of us. Despite your good intentions, sometimes life gets in the way. Job responsibilities and projects call. Personal obligations take priority. You get sick. Or maybe you need…read more

A Worthy Tribute – #TimSackettDay 2017

I’m late to this party.  But as they say, better late than never. Yesterday was “Tim Sackett Day.”  If you’re not familiar with this annual occurrence, it’s the one day a year that the HR blogging community comes together to recognize someone who doesn’t get recognized enough.  A leader in the HR space who doesn’t…read more

Recipe for Resilience

There are times when it appears the tide has washed ashore.  Your boat has sprung a leak. The sun has set in your backyard.  During these temporary dark periods it appears that no matter how quickly you bail out water, paddle up stream, reach for safer ground, you still get nowhere. You may widely open…read more

Teach Your Children Well: They Might Be Listening!

My Birthday and Mother’s Day gifts did not come this year in beautiful boxes with lovely ribbons.  They did not come in the form of a bouquet or in breathtaking flats of flowers carefully chosen by my family to lovingly plant in my garden.  Nor in a carefully prepared meal of multiple fresh organic vegetables…read more

The Thing That’s Stopping You from Hiring Based on Merit

The person next in line to enter the room looked sharp, confident and ready to ace their first job interview. Dressed in a blue suit, shiny shoes and with their hair well combed, they were ready to take over the world and show that hard work pays off.  If I were to tell you that…read more

Step it UP Ladies

Women, knowing how to take care of yourself feels GOOD. Being capable and self-reliant might help us all win seats at the big boys’ table.

Do Women Take Things Too Personally?

Respectful disagreement and dialogue will often generate bigger and better ideas and solutions. Passionate debate must exist in an organization if it is to grow and thrive. Is this dynamic difficult for women to embrace?

Don’t Underhand Your Pitch

Instead of making a simple direct statement of our ideas, feelings, or opinions, we often apologize, ask permission, or smooth the waters in advance. Stop that now.

Mentoring is Only Part Of The Solution

Mentoring programs abound. Coordinators, companies and participants boast of their success. The successes are real. The programs are powerful. Yet, mentoring programs are only part of the solution.

Let’s Get Engaged, Ya’ll

Engagement drives higher-producing teams which then means our organizations will also reap the benefits.

Climbing The Ladder To Your Success

Passion is a word that gets thrown around here, there, and everywhere these days. Many of the world’s leading business leaders and social thinkers talk about the need to figure out what you are passionate about and not to stop until you find it. How do you do that?

Enough Of The Good Ole Boys Already

Enough about the “good ole boys.” Women, network, communicate, be clear about your goals and create some comfort zones of your own.

The Female Version of John Wayne

Equal Employment Opportunity is not just a federal law I’m charged with helping my organization uphold, it’s a personal conviction. It’s not that I think less of the women who have to take legal action; it’s that I idolize those in the generation before us who never did.