Social 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

#SHRM14: Moving Into The Warming Light

Failure is an enabler. In both senses of the term, but for some, the one ultimate driver. It’s our confidant and our kryptonite; it elevates and cripples us. Ideas fail, businesses fail, processes fail, people fail, and through it all, if we’re paying attention, learning and even a little lucky, we might just find a… more #SHRM14: Moving Into The Warming Light

Two Things: Detach and Wish Them Well

“Spirits turned bitter by the poison of envy Always angry and dissatisfied Even the lost ones, the frightened and mean ones Even the ones with a devil inside Thank your stars you’re not that way Turn your back and walk away Don’t even pause and ask them why Turn around and say goodbye All that… more Two Things: Detach and Wish Them Well

Two Things: From Micro-Shifts To Macro Sands

“You are here,” the mat reads. You look down, mouth agape, and you think, “So where the hell is here?” You’re standing atop a great sand dune among a mountainous range of dunes. Nothing but blue sky above, you’d think the future would look brighter, but it might as well be raining, since the sunlight… more Two Things: From Micro-Shifts To Macro Sands

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: Learning New Chords to HR Rock Opera

“…now he needs to keep rockin’, he just can’t stop. Gotta keep on rockin’, that boy has got to stay on top…and be a juke box hero, got stars in his eyes…” – Foreigner, Jukebox Hero Be disruptive, right? A rock and roll hero who makes melodic magic and transforms the organization. No, I’m not… more Two Things: Learning New Chords to HR Rock Opera

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