From the Archive: One secret to understanding people better

I was able to read and finish a book on a flight to a conference in Las Vegas last week. The book is Dave Kerpen’s The Art of People. It is a very readable book chocked full of pretty sound advice. The subtitle of the book is “11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You …

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Personal agenda for #SHRM16

I thought as an official #SHRM16 blogger I would share my personal agenda for the conference next week. I do this because I am not the stereotypical conference attendee or blogger. I am an “old guy” in HR. I sponsor myself, I don’t have corporate backing for my attendance, other than my conference fee is …

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Fake it until you make it

Everyone has those days at work when they just don’t really want to… be sociable, be happy, be friendly, be interested…(fill in your term), but you have to. This is especially true in HR. People come seeking advice and you have to be interested or show concern. You have to attend a meeting and you …

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In HR is competence or likeability more important?

  In a world where HR professionals strive for more and more credibility you would hope that competence would be the prime factor for selecting the best and the brightest. Unfortunately in this more modern world of video conference and webinar presentations it appears another factor is as important, if not more so, than competence. …

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Five Things to Consider about Hugging at Work

  I was reared in a family where we were not “huggers.” So early in life I was not really comfortable with hugging anyone, especially anyone outside my family. This is not to say we were not a loving family, we just didn’t express it with hugs. Then I married a girl from an Italian …

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Two Ways to Enhance Your Power in HR

  There is an ongoing struggle for respect in HR. We read about it, we hear about it, we talk about it amongst ourselves and we envy those that we perceive have it. We often wonder what we can do ourselves to get that respect. Here are two ways to enhance your power in HR …

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