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The Next Generation Of HR Leaders Depends On You

By Ron Thomas

“What we call this group is a succession plan for Virginia banking,” (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...

How to Win Friends and Influence People: HR Edition

By Ben Eubanks

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 ...

The Winds of Change Usually Kick Up Some Dust

By Joan Lloyd

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 can be underlying cause of workplace issues

By Joan Lloyd

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?

By Nick Reddin

Question: 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...

A Hard Look at the Soft Stuff

By Janine Moon

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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Leadership Listens

By Dan Bobinski

If one aspect of the workplace is misunderstood, it’s the role of leader. Of course, leadership has many facets. Hundreds of books, articles, and speeches expound on the components of good leadership. But I’d like to focus on one thread that should be common to all definitions: Listening. Perhaps you’ve been at a meeting where the leader stands up to announce the whys and ...

The Flinch

By Jack Chapman

WHAT'S A... --FOUR-LETTER WORD --YOU USE EVERY DAY --WITH NO VOWELS --NOT FOUND IN THE DICTIONARY --AND WHEN USED CORRECTLY IN NEGOTIATIONS WILL PUT DOLLARS IN YOUR POCKET EVERY TIME? You'll find the answer in the 4th paragraph, below. ********************************** "OK." Bam! Those two letters just cost you plenty! Can you tell how much they cost you? Choose one: those two...

Peer Accountability: Policing Yourselves So the Boss Doesn’t Have To

By Laura Stack

Have you ever attended a meeting as a guest but couldn’t tell who the leader was, because multiple people asked their teammates tough questions? I’ve been to a few where if I hadn’t already known the leader, I wouldn’t have been able to guess. Those meetings were attended by high-performing teams where peer accountability was firmly entrenched. Everyone expected the best of...