Storytelling as a leadership and HR competency

I am reading the book Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It is a biographical comparison of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson. She feels that these four men had many traits in common that made them leaders during trying times. One of the commonalities that she saw as being …

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From the archive: Halloween The Carnival of HR

I thought it was apropos to replay this Carnival of HR on Halloween. Enjoy these scary stories from last year. For the Halloween version of the Carnival of HR, the host, Mike VanDervort, asked us to submit “scary tales of HR.” Mike said: I suggested that people share a story about a scary HR practice …

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The 3 Critical Components to Defining Your Company Culture

Today’s post is brought to you by my friends at SocialMonsters.org In business, they say a great idea is worthless without great execution. Taking that a step further, even great execution sometimes can’t salvage a company with poor culture. Brilliance alone might be able to get a firm up and running, and things might even …

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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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5 Ways to Tear Down Department Silos and Unify Your Organization

Today’s post is brought to you by my friends at SocialMonsters.org.   Silos and turf wars can cost your organization precious time and money. But the effects can be compounded even more when departments are at odds with one another and lack the proper tools to adapt to a fast-paced, ever-changing workplace. Output then gets …

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How HR Leaders Can Promote Better Workplace Safety

This post is brought to you by my friends at SocialMonsters.org. I am a big believer in having a culture of saftey and HR can play a big role in that. This June, Wisconsin-based employer Ashley Furniture Industries reached a $1.75 million settlement with the Department of Labor that requires the company to improve workplace …

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The Best Tools for Today's Telecommuting Teams

Today’s post is brought to you by my friends at SocialMonsters.org. Despite some turn around’s in some larger companies telecommuting is continuing to grow. HR professionals who coordinate workplace benefits and policies with remote employee teams tend to encounter a unique set of challenges. Without the benefit of a central workplace, they inevitably have to …

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The Abuse of Cultural Fit in HR Can Hurt Your Business

Today’s post is a guest post written by Nate Vickery, a business technology expert and a futurist mostly engaged in finding and implementation of the latest technology trends into SMB and startups management and marketing processes. Nate is also the editor-in-chief at business oriented blog- Bizzmarkblog.com. He has written this very interesting post about cultural fit. …

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Future Friday: Is your HR department designed with humans in mind?

I came across an article titled Do people really matter when we design workplaces? Written by Steve Maslin it is directed toward architects and designers. He says that often the first reaction to that question is “of course” and to some it is indeed, but to others Maslin says that often he has found that …

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Creating a Company Culture to Attract & Retain Top Talent

This post is brought to you by my friends at SocialMonsters.org. Cultivating the right company culture may sound like an abstract goal, but it’s also the key to attracting and recruiting the right talent for your unique workplace. Follow these tips to create and maintain a passionate, robust company culture. Employee Benefits & Perks When …

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