Posts By: Kimberly Patterson

Why Good Communication is Like a Nap

When we take time to find the pain points of discussions and consider options to work towards an agreeable solution, we have an immediate progression in our relationships. Don’t we owe it to each other to listen and be heard with clarity?

Determination

If we had a crystal ball, life would be grand. But, because we don’t, we often find ourselves at the mercy of hindsight. Hindsight being 20/20, what is one setback you faced in your career that ended up being a blessing in disguise?

Once upon a time, a former manager phoned me and told me of a company he knew that could really use my help. His words will resonate in my mind forever, “They really need HR help because the CEO has trouble making decisions and when he does, he keeps changing his mind. I’m worried the managers will run amok without any guidelines or structure.”

During our conversation, visuals of Corporate America à la Lord of the Flies were flashing through my mind. It didn’t scare me because I thrive on a challenge and have plenty of experience with HR start ups. “It’s textbook,” I thought. Well, in hindsight I should have run far away, but I jumped in.

Sell Me Right

I find the sales pitch process to be painful. If I’m putting forth the effort to have a mutually beneficial working relationship, the least a salesperson could do is meet me halfway.

Encouraging Innovation

Innovation can not be taught or planned. By providing an environment that allows self-directed teams, flat hierarchies and self-accountability, innovative thinking can be born in any organization at any time.

When Faith and Gut Collide

When we trust ourselves, and our experiences, we have a higher probability of being spot on most of the time.

Job Seekers Beware!

A job loss, no matter how or why it happened, is emotional. In addition to the loss of income, the kick to a person’s confidence can leave a job seeker feeling vulnerable and susceptible to bad advice – and that scares me.

360 Degree Character Building

Building character is hard work. We have varying degrees and speeds of character building based on our life experiences and events. What expectations have you set for yourself to build character?