A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

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Employment At Will

When my sister, Robin, was about five years old, she let my brother stick popcorn kernels up her nose.  When my mom asked Robin why she allowed this to happen, Robin said, “well, him wanted to.” Was this a touching display of sibling love?  Not really…it was kinda stupid.   I thought of Robin this…

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Mentoring

A man by the name of Joel Casto is flying into Anchorage this weekend and I can’t wait to see him.  He’s not bringing me a million bucks, he’s not family and he’s not famous, but he has been my mentor for 17 years.  Moreover, my relationship with Joel is the most valuable friendship I…

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Reward the Old Fashioned Way

“Hey, that’s not fair!” How many times have we heard this?  Someone is mad because the 3% pay increase has been reduced to 2%, or because jeans are no longer allowed at work.  Someone is upset because the extra PTO day offered as an incentive for excellent production wasn’t awarded, even though the team didn’t…

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I don’t look good in green

    This is my daughter, Carolyn.  As you can see, she placed a beautiful header into the goal and was pretty happy about it!         (Who wouldn’t be?…other than the goalie, of course.)       I only have one tangible picture of her teammate congratulating her; you can see Carolyn…

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All You Need is Love, part two

Last week, I posted “All You Need is Love” worried it was too long but also sure it was not long enough.  It’s challenging to write a short blog about building, maintaining or repairing relationships so I ended up with two parts! Relationships – that’s what The Five Love Languages* is all about.  “All You…

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All You Need is Love, part one.

Nowadays, if your tank’s empty, you’re fixin’ to spend over $50 to fill the darn thing up. But an empty tank means something different to Gary Chapman.  He’s the author of numerous books but my favorite is his first book, The Five Love Languages.  (Chapman, Gary. (1992). The Five Love Languages, How to Express Heartfelt…

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Is HR Worth the Line Item?

I’m a Human Resources Professional and I’m not afraid to admit it!  I think most people would rather wash toilets every day than deal with workplace issues but that’s ok.  If you don’t love it, don’t do it! I love HR; I love everything about it.  Many things are overwhelming and difficult…and that’s a high…

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“If I said you had a great body, would you hold it against me?”

From time to time, I get asked to conduct workplace investigations.  I love this type of work, particularly harassment investigations, because they are difficult.  Rarely is there “surefire” proof of the offense and I have yet to find an employer that has a great “smoking gun” defense. A recent sexual harassment investigation had me thinking…

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When FMLA Comes to Life

Nothing sends an HR Tech running for their Tylenol quite like an employee’s request for intermittent FMLA!  It’s a big fat pain!  Years ago, my employee Peggy, would sit at her desk and beg us not to interrupt her while she ensured her FMLA spreadsheet (leave tracking at its finest) was accurate.  We used to…

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They’re not talking…so now what?

I ran into a colleague the other day who had been interviewing for one of his vacancies.  Upon asking about the selection, I learned he had identified his top candidate but then changed his mind because he couldn’t get a reference. WHAT?  His assumption was that if the candidate’s ex-employers weren’t offering references, the candidate…

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