A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

Need New Lenses?

“To change ourselves effectively, we first have to change our perceptions. Stephen Covey   I just met a woman at SHRM14 who I wish had a microphone and a platform as her message is a great one. As I wrote earlier this week, my goal was to supplement the typical concurrent session, general session or…

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I had the pleasure of spending some time with two fantastic HR professionals, Joel Peterson and Enrique Antonio, this afternoon. After catching up with our lives and careers, the conversation turned to professional certification, and the recent decision by SHRM to manage it on its own.   I’ve already posted about my thoughts on this…read…

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What do we have to lose?

I think I’ve read a blog or a status update per day for the last two weeks regarding SHRM’s “new” competency based certification for HR Professionals. I thought I’d join the conversation with this quick post. First and foremost, let me say that I am proud of my SPHR and GPHR certification for a variety of…

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Nearsighted HR

I’m fortunate enough to be a speaker at the upcoming 2014 Louisiana Conference for Human Resources next month, and am thankful for the conference committee’s faith that I can add value to the event and to its participants. My presentation, Nearsighted HR, is about the struggle some Human Resources programs and professionals have with the desirable yet…

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Pathetic Dog, Lesson in Empathy

Our minds will look ahead when fear is left behind.   My ex-husband, Steve, and I share joint-custody of our 3 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback, Lucy.  Steve, technically, has full custody but I agree to watch her when he travels, which he happens to be doing this week. As you can see, Lucy is less…

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The Frontier Project (in the 2nd largest state)

Wanted: Curiosity and Imagination   I don’t need an excuse to get out of Alaska in November but if I did, I’d scream down to Cyprus, Texas to be a part of something meaningful, The Frontier Project.   I was fortunate enough to attend the first “project” held in Omaha earlier this spring.  I came…

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Difficult Conversations

For the past several months, I have been presenting what my client is calling “leadership roundtable” courses.  Each month, they identify a relevant topic and ask me to develop content accordingly.  I then present it, facilitate active discussion around the topic, and then wrap it all up in a neat little bow. Today’s topic was…

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Waste Removal

Why adverb  1. for what reason or purpose.  2. (with reference to a reason) on account of which; for which. noun  1. a reason or explanation.   I had dinner the other night with someone I consider one of the smartest men I know. During this dinner, he told me about some pretty significant events in his life…

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A Little Bit of Pushing Is Good

I gave a presentation yesterday on employee engagement.  In my spiel, I talk a little about what the data says, a little about how a company can go about defining the ambiguous term, and a lot about what supervisors can do to help get more of the elusive “engagement” from their employees.   I typically…

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Push ’em

“The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.”  Carson McCullers   I recently read  “Light on Snow” by Anita Shreve.   This book was about a family dealing with death, grief, and the necessity of moving on.  In this story, the father was grieving the loss of his wife and, while…

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