A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

How Are You Inspired?

“To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.” Tony Dorsett I haven’t written for A Leading Perspective in quite some time and I wish I could tell you I had a good reason, but the truth is, I don’t; lack of motivation is never…

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Don’t Believe Everything You Think

“It may not have been a perfect box, but its walls sure were sturdy, until they weren’t.” Heather Kinzie I had the distinct pleasure of conversing with the infamous Steve Browne last week. I had called Steve because I found myself at a gulch and somewhat afraid, unable or unwilling to jump in or over it. Steve talked some…

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And the Award for Best Presenter Goes To…

I had the pleasure of speaking at two state conferences last week in Illinois and Ohio. I am always tickled to speak in a state that is not my own and am, of course, honored to represent both the State Councils and the HR profession itself. While I speak at these conferences, I also am “an attendee” and able…

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The Collaboration Conundrum

“Let’s work together!” Yeah, yeah, let’s work together! Two heads are better than one, right? Yeah, yeah, let’s work together! It’ll be faster if we combine our efforts, right? Yeah, yeah, let’s work together! We’ll push each other to be more creative and innovative, right? Yeah, yeah, let’s work together! It’ll be fun! Right? Right? Not always……

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Why Should You Give? Because Look What They Get!

“A grateful heart is the beginning of greatness.” James E. Faust I have been active with SHRM in one way or another since 2003 or so and, of course, know about the SHRM Foundation. I knew the Foundation did research, published its findings so we could all benefit from that research, assisted with the education and development…

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What goes on in Vegas shouldn’t stay in Vegas

So, you’re headed to the SHRM Annual Conference which means you’re going to the surface of the sun in late June. Congratulations, I think.  🙂 In all seriousness, you’ve made a huge investment of time and money to go to this conference; let’s make sure you get the most out of it! 1. Download the SHRM15 app on your…

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It’s not the Action, it’s the Reaction

“It’s not important how you came to things…what is important is how you deal with them.” I heard that the other day but didn’t give it much thought at the time. However, it kept coming back to me. It’s not important how you came to things…what is important is how you deal with them. That’s…

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You’re Lying To Yourself

“Reality denied comes back to haunt.” Philip K. Dick I find it quite ironic (dare I say moronic) that so many Human Resource leaders claim they don’t need a Human Capital Management (HCM) system in the same breath that they claim their staff are so incredibly busy doing data entry, that they have arduous reporting…

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Power of Shame

“Maybe stories are just data with a soul.” Brene Brown I had the pleasure the other day to get a tour of the Alaska Food Bank. I’m doing some work for them and the Director was gracious enough to show me around the warehouse, tell me about the numerous programs the Food Bank facilitates, discuss with me…

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A Soap Box Moment – is it reasonable?

“Sometimes, it takes being pissed to get you over a hump.” That’s not an eloquent saying, I know, but nonetheless, it holds true today. I’ve had writer’s block for awhile…I have managed to squeak out a post here and there but it’s been difficult…I just haven’t felt overly inspired. But today, I read something that pissed me…

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