A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

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If We Look Hard Enough…

I didn’t get along very well with my siblings…just ask them, they’ll tell ‘ya!   My mom, a single parent, grew tired of me and my siblings bickering all the time and would often look up to the heavens and ask, “What did I do to deserve this?  Can you please help my children love…

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That Which Doesn’t Suit Us

Years ago, I bought a suit. The cut was classic. The color would go with anything! The price was right. And, more importantly, it fit!   The only thing wrong with the suit was that it didn’t look good on me.  I don’t know why…it just didn’t.   But I bought it anyway. Like most…

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You Know What They Say About Assumptions

I recently taught a class on Performance Management and, like in many previous classes, I was amazed to learn that most supervisors don’t take the time to talk to their employees about what is expected of them. WHAT?    Craziness, I know…but many supervisors are simply assuming the employee knows what to do, how to…

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Haters Gonna Hate

Human Resource professionals, especially those who work in Employee Relations’ programs, see it all!  We are exposed to employees’ pride and egos, their ambition and their perseverance.  We see victims, aggressors, observers and doers.  We meet collaborators, competers and accommodaters.  We witness generosity and selflessness, laziness and selfishness.  We observe hatefulness and take notice of…

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Wanted

I’m not afraid to admit it…I like country music.  I don’t like “classic” country unless it involves a bit of bluegrass…but I do like “today’s” country and find myself listening to it in the car, at my FroYo shoppe, while I clean the house, etc.   A few months ago, I heard for the first…

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Power to Help

A huge storm blew through Anchorage this past week; gusts of over 100 MPH and sustainable 70 MPH+ winds tore apart our little city.  My house and office lost power when a huge grouping of Birch trees crashed into our utility substation. Without power, I am also without water and heat.  This happens all the…

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Insights From The Baseball Field

I had the pleasure of watching the Little League Majors games for the Alaska State Championship this past week.  My nephews team, the Juneau Majors, were playing and, as a good aunt would, I attended every game! As I sat and watched the games, I thought how nice it would be if the things I…

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Red Headed Speed Bump

I don’t like “fast food.”  Occasionally, if the need arises, I’ll go to Subway.  It was my visit yesterday with a patron in Subway that inspired this post.   The line was fairly long and usually when this happens, I slip out of line, head three stores down to SoYo, my FroYo shop, grab coupons,…

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Developing Trust

I received a call the other day from a dear man who needed my help.  He was weary of calling his employer’s Human Resources representative because he had no faith in her ability to 1) listen to him, 2) understand him, and 3) help him.   While I was flattered he trusted me, this made…

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Culture Shock

Ever heard the phrase, “Pay now or pay later…either way you’ll pay”? As an HR Professional, this saying comes into play for numerous things.  Whether it be for investing resources in your staff’s development, creating and maintaining adequate documentation regarding performance, or, in the case of this post, investing in the recruitment and selection process….

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