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“What we call this group is a succession plan for Virginia
(Bruce) Whitehurst said. “For any industry, success lies
in energizing the next generation.”
Sometimes during our daily reading, we come across statements
that give us pause. Those type of statements normally cause me to
stop and lookout with a distant gaze, all in the realization that
they nailed it with...
Want to be a true HR leader within your business? Learn to
influence others. When you think about it, there are few decisions
that HR makes with ultimate authority. A significant portion of
what we accomplish comes through the influence, coaching, and
guidance of our peers, executives, and staff.
I’d even go so far as saying that the majority of what we
are proud of as HR leaders comes from ...
I've always loved the fairy tale, "The Emperor's New Clothes."
It's such a wonderful metaphor for situations in life in which one
person sees things one way and another person doesn't see it at
all. Take the example of organizational change. What one person can
visualize, another can't. And that's where resistance comes in.
"Resistance" is a word we use to describe what a person is doing
if they d...
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Organizational structure, much like a human skeletal structure,
determines what shape an organization will take. We don't spend
much time thinking about our skeletal structure until something
breaks, and so it goes with organizations.
How an organization is structured basically means how the
reporting relationships and work teams are organized. It reveals a
great deal about the culture, function a...
What questions can employers legally ask? When
dealing with background checks, are there limits to how far back
they can go? Are they just looking for felonies or
misdemeanors too? I hate answering these questions. I
am in the process of getting an assault charge cleared from 12
years ago that was a false charge to begin with.
This is a great question that a lot o...
With some clarity I remember hearing my Mother say, "That's why
they call it work!" The comment usually was in response to a
complaint about a seemingly difficult or distasteful task. Work,
then, became synonymous with anything but play. Always difficult,
and something to be suffered.
While I've since discovered that "fun work" or "engaging work" is
not an oxymoron, many workers have not. The res...
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I have a new hire that, just days short of reaching his
six-month probation period, lied to me three times in one
conversation. While verifying progress on a pilot program that was
his sole responsibility, I asked three project-specific questions.
There was no chance of miscommunication because the questions were:
Did you do step 1 and how did it go? “Yes, easy
Getting promoted is a common goal, but perhaps the most
difficult promotion is transitioning from line worker to front-line
supervisor. Why? Because the skills that made one successful in the
rank and file are not the skills one needs for success as a
If you’re a recently promoted line worker—or
are looking to get promoted—it’s time to learn a whole
new skill se...
Last week I had the opportunity to go to Silicon Valley to do a
variation of a book tour. It was exhilarating to be in the heart of
technology, and driving by company headquarters was like driving in
the Internet itself.
I was sure that I would be “preaching to the choir”
during my entire trip there, however, I found many professionals
and executives who still haven’t been able t...