Learning

The Halves and Wholes of Leadership Development

“Love is born with solar flares From two magnetic poles It moves towards a higher plane Where two halves make two wholes…” –Neil Peart We simply made it up. Neither of us had really had any formal lessons; I know I never had them. My stiff “pin-hips” as my mom and dad had always pointed… more The Halves and Wholes of Leadership Development

The Authentricity of Mr. Pixie

“If I could wave my magic wand, I’d set everybody free.” —Neil Peart Call me Mr. Pixie. That image, now delightedly (or unfortunately) burned into the memory of nearly every one of my colleagues and cohorts, is a special one for me. It was another Fun Friday team theme at work, where I got to… more The Authentricity of Mr. Pixie

Making Lemonade in Two Easy Steps

“So Beatrice, what are you going to make today?” “Lemonade.” “And what’s the first ingredient?” “Lemons.” “And what’s second?” “Sugar.” “And then what?” “Um…ice.” “Yes, ice, but also water, right?” “Yes, and water!” And that’s how it went on my oldest daughter Beatrice’s final Pre-K share and leader day back in May – three easy… more Making Lemonade in Two Easy Steps

Talent Engagement and the Dissed-Engaged

What to do with a productive outlier? Especially when she’s a smart problem-solver, who is sometimes collaborative and works well with others, but who’s also a headstrong, impulsive, independent, opinionated and throws tantrums like baseballs from a wild fast pitcher, tantrums that take what feels like an inordinate amount of time to extinguish; a fuse… more Talent Engagement and the Dissed-Engaged

Two Things: Talent-Centric and Shining Self-Paced

“Did you ever see the film where the man is given spectacles, that make the world look upside down. He falls about the place but in time he somehow readjusts. And when they take the glasses off, the eyes he’s always had see sky below him, and he falls again…ah, but you hold that thought,… more Two Things: Talent-Centric and Shining Self-Paced

Two Things: Encourage Learning and Authenticity

“You got up, and you did something. And if trying to find a way when you don’t even know you can get there isn’t a small miracle; then I don’t know what is.” —From The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce At first, it was simply the gathering of everyday natural things that pleased her:… more Two Things: Encourage Learning and Authenticity

Two Things: Continuous Flexibility in the World of Work

“Our employees are our greatest asset.” Year after year, it seems like employers focus on the same catchphrase. Meanwhile, workforce engagement statistics continue to crawl along the ocean floor like bottom feeders scouring for scraps. It’s like being caught in a time-travel wormhole that loops back on itself, with only our clothing styles and digital… more Two Things: Continuous Flexibility in the World of Work

Two Things: Aim Deeper and Wider for Workplace Connection

Dearest Employee: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I give you a fair wage. I give you competitive benefits. I give you a safe workspace. I give you freedom to work at home, and innovative tools to communicate. I give you beer bashes and company events. I give you a professional title.… more Two Things: Aim Deeper and Wider for Workplace Connection

Two Things: Be yourself and See Yourself

Say, “Good Morning.” Go ahead. Say it out loud. Oh, but say it to someone else. Preferably in the morning. In person. Or on the phone. Or even online. If it’s later in the day, maybe you can say, “Good Afternoon.” Or “I’m going to grab a bite to eat” when you leave for lunch.… more Two Things: Be yourself and See Yourself

Two Things: What’s Your Culture Tattoo?

It was tattoo day at work. Seriously. Tattoo day. Everyone on our team was encouraged to display meaningful “appropriate” tattoos and the stories behind them. Any form was acceptable — permanent body art, decals, even hand-drawn creations. Sure, this sounds a little hokey, like “Hawaiian shirt day.” But that’s the charm. It’s a simple, lighthearted way… more Two Things: What’s Your Culture Tattoo?

Two Things: World of Work Shadow and Light

The days between Christmas and New Year’s are softly padded for your protection. And for many of us, that’s the case. Thank goodness. Because for a year of modest business growth at best, with economic uncertainty still tainting soft landings of any long-term success (with exception of course), we need this time of the year… more Two Things: World of Work Shadow and Light

From the Way We Worked to Today

(Originally published at TalentCulture.com) “What do you do?” asked my airport shuttle driver (I’ll call him Ben). “I work for an HR software company,” I answered. He nodded. “HR, huh? I remember when I worked in personnel.” “Personnel.” That term got my attention — precursor to the “human resources” profession we know today. I asked… more From the Way We Worked to Today