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How did we lose our way?

On April 14 the Wall Street Journal ran an article about companies eliminating their HR departments. If you poll large enough population of corporate executives about the role of HR, a majority will tell you that HR is an obstacle to getting things done. A couple of weeks ago Robin Schooling, fellow HR blogger at HR Schoolhouse, stated she had asked a group of HR ladies how to increase employee engagement and their unanimous response was to hold a picnic. When we went to school many of us were taught to learn by the rote method.
So taking these facts into consideration where did HR lose its way? Since its inception, in many cases we were like the school student. We performed practices the same way every time.  If we needed to help someone with a benefit question we followed the same plan for action each time we answered that question. We are considered an obstacle to the organization because we do so. We are considered an obstacle because we portray ourselves as this silo that can do no wrong because that is what we do.
But times have changed. We need a new model for HR that is centered around being a vital part of the equation, We need a new HR model that is centered around ...

Where Will You Be One Year From Today?

One year from today, where will you and your career be? Where will you, your health and significant others be? More importantly, do you have a plan of how you are going to get there? Do you have goals established and written down? 

If you want to develop the direction and drive to accomplish your goals here are a couple of ideas to get you in motion:


Repurposing the Performance Conversation

Guest post by Great Leadership monthly contributor Beth Armknecht Miller:

When was the last time you had a performance conversation that went well? Or better yet, when was the last time you enjoyed having a performance conversation? Let’s face it; both parties of the conversation generally dread performance conversations, more commonly known as performance reviews.
So, why not have a different conversation? How about shifting the conversation to focus on the future and how a person can improve through personal and professional development? The conversation you should be having is the development conversation. These conversations are about supporting and empowering your team members, which will allow them to take ownership for their own personal development.

How to recruit a more diverse talent pool

In addition to profits, innovation and corporate culture, companies are now starting to brag about their employee diversity, and rightly so. Hiring from a limited pool of candidates, whether determined by age, race, alma mater or another limiting factor, will in turn limit the ideas and creativity that comes into an organization. If your organization [...]


30 Thoughts We All Have in Staff Meetings:

Right before the meeting:
1. Arrgh, I’m supposed to be at a meeting in 10 minutes. What the heck is it for, who’s running it, and where is it?

2. Oh no, it's the dreaded staff meeting! I’d better take a look at the agenda and make sure I wasn’t supposed do anything to prepare.
3. Dang – we’re supposed to do status updates. No problem, I’ve got 8 more minutes.

How Leaders Can Successfully Champion Change

When it comes to seeking insights on the best leadership practices, the natural inclination is to look towards successful organizations like Southwest Airlines and Zappos for inspiration and guidance. Not surprisingly, in most countries, one area we often disregard for leadership guidance is the political arena, as most politicians tend to represent examples of what […]

Attitude Audit Day

As I wrote on Friday your positive attitude is affected by your attitude attributes. Just like the IRS might, I am going to give you an attitude audit. This audit isn’t going to give you anything but a great, fat, positive return. To get your big, fat, positive return on your attitude audit, you have […]

Evaluate yourself honestly on these eight attitude attributes:


Celebrating the “Average” among Us * Remembering Boston’s Heroes and Helpers

Recognize This! – True heroes often come from unexpected places. Today is a solemn day of remembrance and tribute. Our US headquarters are located near Boston, and several of our employees are regular runners of the Boston marathon. Last year was a brutal, heart-wrenching blow to all of us, but of course, no more so [...]

May I have your attention please?

In a series of three blogs Lauri Brammeier explores the insights from Focus by Daniel Goleman “A primary task of leadership is to direct attention.” So says Daniel Goleman in his latest book, Focus – The Hidden Driver of Excellence.  For leaders to be effective in directing the attention of others though, they must first […]

Make Performance Appraisals an Inspiring Event

Last week I was working with a diverse group of senior operating executives at their professional association’s leadership forum. The new research we reviewed and discussions we had on building leadership strengths resonated strongly with the group — especially our Best Leader/Worst Leader exercise (see “Exceptional Leaders Aren’t Well Rounded“). What especially rang true for […]