A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you


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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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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Recently, I was in Seattle with some friends. It’s been awhile since I’ve visited with many of them and goodness, it was nice just catching up with each other. Not surprisingly, it was an emotional weekend because a ton of stuff has happened in the last few years within our circle of friends. Flying back to Anchorage,…

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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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From Hindsight To Foresight

“Why did I smack you upside the head, Heather?  Because you smacked your brother and I wanted you to know what it felt like.” Carol Strider (aka Mom) I had the pleasure of being invited to “crash” the Alaska Association of School Business Officials (ALASBO) conference last week so I could see a keynote presentation from…

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Look Up

“The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions.” Ellen Glasgow I haven’t written a post in weeks…I guess I have been in a bit of a rut. This happens often, and not just for writing but for life in general. Does it happen to you?  Certainly I can’t be the only…

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Quit Protecting the Sacred Cow

“Funny how that cow of yours is really a lot of bull.” Me I had the pleasure of having lunch with a friend today but I’ll admit, he probably wasn’t as pleased with it as I was. The discussion, which was about financial reports and processes, fired me up but probably just irritated the hell…

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Rabbits and Tennis Rackets

“Nostalgia is an illness for those who haven’t realized that today is tomorrow’s nostalgia.”  Zeena Schreck   I was reading something the other day about impermanence.  Specifically, I was reading about clouds and how they are constantly changing.  I realized that many of us love watching them do so – as a matter of fact, we delight in it. If…

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Day 2 Insights

I’ve had the pleasure of attending multiple sessions at Ceridian’s User Conference, Insights 2014. Wowza, so many modules, so little time.   I haven’t begun to scratch the surface of what Ceridian‘s Dayforce HCM can do for an organization but so far, I can confidently say this: if you aren’t using a SAAS HCM application…

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Show Me The Money!

  I had the pleasure of attending a Mega Session called “Show Me The Money” in Orlando during the National SHRM 2014 conference.  The presenter was LaFern Batie of The Batie Group. Ms. Batie challenged the participants with what many have been encouraging HR professionals to do for years…understand the finances of the business! In a nutshell, Ms. Batie…

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