Are you resourceful?

People add value to their positions by being resourceful. People add value to their families by being resourceful. People add value to themselves by being resourceful.  Being resourceful is a way to stay employed. One of my favorite authors, Harvey Mackay, wrote a recent piece on being resourceful. He tells the story of a resourceful …

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Another trip to the Hall of Fame affirms what it takes

I took a brief hiatus from writing this past week as I visited the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. For a baseball fan, it is a bucket list trip. Before leaving I posted a previous blog post from my visit four years ago. In that post, I listed the things I heard from …

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Controlling your emotions at work

Humans are emotionally driven. This means that many situations occurring at work may be emotionally charged. Letting your emotions get the better of you can be detrimental to working relationships. One of my favorite gurus, Harvey Mackay, has a story and some suggestions about controlling your emotions. I am not going to tell you the …

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The Future of HR is in relationships- Four Tips for the #SHRM18 Conference

I originally wrote this for the #SHRM15 conference, but it still applies to #SHRM18 which starts next week. I have written a number of times that the future of HR is to keep the “human” in human resources. As technology advances and jobs consisting of tasks become increasingly automated the one area that will not …

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Networking is NOT just about outside connections or finding a new job: A replay

Two things prompted this replay. First, Tom Peters has a new book out named the Excellence Dividend. I will have more on it in the weeks to come. The second thing was that #SHRM18 is just under two months away, and since this post was prompted by Steve Browne, I thought that this would be …

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Lessons from the genius of Leonardo da Vinci

Fair warning. This post has nothing to do with HR. It is all about personal improvement. I  just finished reading Walter Isaacson’s biography, Leonardo Da Vinci. This is a well-written book about a fascinating man. I knew he was a master and was considered a genius both in his time and especially in the present …

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Midpoints are important: A third observation from Dan Pink

As you would expect in a book about timing, Pink in his book When talks about midpoints and their importance to us. Most of us are familiar with the concept of the “midlife crisis”. Movie after movie has been created and image after image of people taking off to reinvent themselves have been created. Pink, …

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When is the best time to make important decisions?

Last week I reported on some information from Dan Pink’s new book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. I mentioned that I was getting my copy that day and I would be writing about my reading of the book. This is the first report of several in the coming month. Timing can save lives …

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Would you be better in HR if you held a job outside of HR?

In the certification classes, one of the key competencies that are considered necessary for someone to be a successful human resources professional is business acumen, that knowledge of how the business really operates. This business acumen can be learned in two ways, through study or through experience. Drucker’s advice Peter Drucker, management guru deluxe, advises …

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