Talent Management

Taking Care Of Selfie With A Smile

What? You’ve never heard of it? <smile – snap – post> It’s all the social media rage. <smile – snap – post> And all the kids are doing it. <smile – snap – post> Heck, not just all the kids either. Some of us older folk are doing it, too. <smile – snap – post>… more Taking Care Of Selfie With A Smile

The Amplified Stuff of Legendary Teams

The 2014 Fall Classic is over. The San Francisco Giants are the big winners (again). Spring training now seems like light years away… …ah, but there’s always time to dream of Little League days of yesteryear… He threw heat like a wild man, his bulging arms and legs flailing from wind up to release. Every third… more The Amplified Stuff of Legendary Teams

The Conundrum of Converting to HR and CHRO-nity

By the time she met with me, her discomfort and exhaustion were evident. She was vulnerable and it showed: her tired eyes avoided direct contact and her hoarse voice betrayed her disgust. She slowly slid my paperwork in front of me. “Mercy me,” I said. She nodded and closed her eyes. We were all vulnerable… more The Conundrum of Converting to HR and CHRO-nity

Forgive Yourself A Prayer But Never Surrender

“You can surrender Without a prayer But never really pray Pray without surrender You can fight Fight without ever winning But never ever win Win without a fight…” –Neil Peart, “Resist”   The final shame of not asking nearly overshadowed my extreme physical pain, but not quite. No, the visceral memory of my hands buried… more Forgive Yourself A Prayer But Never Surrender

When Our Workplace Culture Is On Fire

“The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire. We don’t need no water let the m-f burn.” –The Bloodhound Gang At least, that’s the melodic hip-hop mantra many of us have wanted to repetitively belt out at some point in our world of work lives (with an unapologetic emphasis on the unabbreviated curse word,… more When Our Workplace Culture Is On Fire

Welcome Everyone to Job Fair

“Dreams flow across the heartland Feeding on the fires Dreams transport desires Drive you when you’re down Dreams transport the ones who need to get out of town…” —Neil Peart Or the ones who need to get out of jail. “Welcome to Job Fair everyone!” The auditorium filled with clapping and laughter, every seat taken… more Welcome Everyone to Job Fair

Two Things: Conversations And Enculturation

“How many times Do we chaff against the repetition Straining against the faith Measured out in coffee breaks…” —Neil Peart His smile ricocheted off the booth and hit the back of my head. I couldn’t help but smile right back. “Bingo, bango!” He’d just won a $50 gift card after spinning our fabulous PeopleFluent prize… more Two Things: Conversations And Enculturation

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

Two Things: Rule-Breaking People for Better Outcomes

That’s when Ralph got a DJ job in the desert. He moved from New Jersey to Southern California in the early 1970s for the radio station job, his wife joining him shortly thereafter. Getting the DJ job was a boon for the two young lovers, and Ralph had a nearly Kerouac-like road trip story along… more Two Things: Rule-Breaking People for Better Outcomes

Happy Interdependence Day to You and Yours

I used to love that little Volkswagen Bug, the little Love Bug named Herbie that many early Gen Xers like me remember vividly. Herbie, the do-good little car with a mind of its own; a driverless car that helped Dean Jones win many races and save the day. Over and over again. Movie after lovable… more Happy Interdependence Day to You and Yours

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: More Song and Dance

“Don’t stop me now, I’m having such a good time, I’m having a ball…” –Queen Every single time it’s a big production, an inspiring or fun song and a dance number, all played out in an endless video loop in my head. No, not a Broadway production per se, but a world of work real-time… more Two Things: More Song and Dance