A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

Does this country need more HR professionals?

It’s been just shy of a month since SHRM16 took over our nation’s capital but nearly a month is fairly late for getting a “post-SHRM16” blog written. To my credit, a lot has happened since that time; likewise, I have been mentally occupied so it was difficult for me to write much. But, better late than never and…

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Purposeful HR

I’m here at SHRM16 milling about with thousands of other Human Resource Professionals. I was on a walk last night, proudly wearing my SHRM16 Blogger tshirt, and stepped into a joint to get some water. An employee of the store, referring to my shirt, asked, “what is SHRM?” which led to a discussion about HR. HA! You…

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Get Certified; Stay Certified!

Years and years ago, I decided I wanted to get certified. This was no small deal; I had been raised in state government and NONE of my peers or supervisors were certified nor did any of them, as far as I could tell, see the value in it. I began the slow process of preparing…

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Mindfully Including Howard Ross

Years ago, I was a member of my local SHRM Chapter and was helping our current president recruit for new Board Members. On one particular year, the Diversity Chair position was vacant and so I offered to help recruit for that position. I had been in HR for a fairly long time so of course I knew…

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Open Fire

Tomorrow would have been my mother’s 74th birthday. Nearly every year, I post something to honor her, whether it be here on the blog or via another medium. I woke up today thinking of my dear mother. Lots of things crossed my sleepy mind such as her rules and values, her disappointments and dreams, and her fear…

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National in our Nation’s Capital

SHRM16!! It’s right around the corner! Are you going? If so, have you thought about how you’re going to go about it? I know that seems odd but trust me on this one, if you’re going to a national conference of this size, you need to think about it before you arrive. Over the years, I wrote…

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James McDonald; Raising the Bar for Legal Counsel

SHRM16 is right around the corner and it’s high time you start thinking about what types of sessions you want to attend. Many of you are lucky enough to live and work in a location in which there is a strong and active local SHRM Chapter that offers consistent HR educational courses. Many more of…

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What It Means To Be A Consultant

Some say what you do defines you. Other say you define what you do. I am a consultant. This doesn’t mean I am a narcissist. This doesn’t mean I am smarter than you. This doesn’t mean I have all the answers. This doesn’t mean I can solve all of your problems. This doesn’t mean I…

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The higher up you get, the more your butt is exposed

“Want to know what it means? Look it up!” Carolyn Strider (my mom) Don’t you hate it when you’re trying to define a word but you end up using the same word to help define it? My mom would have told me to use the dictionary and/or thesaurus. I was talking about the word, “accountability” to my son,…

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Leadership Done Right

“If you’re going to copy someone, use some sense and copy someone who is doing it right.” Heather Kinzie I have had the pleasure of working with The Chariot Group for nearly three months and last week, enjoyed three of the four “kick off” days for the new year. Rick Thomas and Denise Thomas bring everyone together for four days…

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