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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It is 2019 and Resolutions are not just for people

At this time of year people are making resolutions right and left. January is the month of self-improvement. Most of you will have made some or say that it is a waste of time. That is fine, but what about your business? Get rid of it! Peter Drucker, in four of his books, stresses the …

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Three ways you learn leadership replayed

In a class this past weekend we talked about leadership and I suggested to the class one way to learn was to volunteer to be on a nonprofit committee. That made me think of this previous blog. In a blog post published on August 28, 2012 Professor Gianpiero Petriglieri told a story about a management …

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Replayed: Be an astronomer of people- The Challenge of Leadership and Management

Leadership is a hot topic these days. I wanted to replay this post from 2016 because I liked it. I subscribe to the YouTube channel of Jason Silva, Shots of Awe. This week he was talking about the telescope and the wonders and complexity of the universe. I am amazed at the vastness and complexity …

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From the archive: A brief HR lesson from psychology

I am out walking around the streets of New York City today, so I am pulling this post from the archives.  Teaching in a class the other day we were discussion motivation, getting people to do things. The next day I was reading a book called The Wisest One in the Room by Thomas Gilovich …

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Developing Great Leaders: The Human Workplace Perspective

Today’s guest post is about leadership, from a younger perspective than mine, but the thoughts are almost universal. Being a leader within a workplace is about more than having an enviable title and corner office. There are opportunities that the leaders identify and use to get to where they are. There are years of dedication, …

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HR is not minding its own house

In the SHRM certification classes, we discuss the subject of succession and replacement plans. Yet a recent article by Valerie Bolden-Barrett in HR Dive, suggests that HR does not live up to what we are teaching others or preaching to our management teams. Many would leave tomorrow According to the article, 61% of CHROs would …

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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 Can Help Employees Handle Natural Disasters Again

Hurricane Irma is currently making a disaster of Florida and Georgia. Houston, Texas is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey. There are yet other storms predicted for this season. Several years ago I was offered this post by Erin Palmer from Villanova University. It is timely given the recent hurricane, tropical storm, floods and earthquake we have …

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From the archive: The importance of having the right supervisor

I have been receiving emails from workers who have read my blogs asking me what they can do about a horrible supervisor. That prompted this repeat of a post from 2016/ As a long time HR practitioner I have learned that most companies get in trouble not for what HR does or for what employees …

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