A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

Bullying in the Workplace

You can only watch injustice go on for so long until you’re compelled to say something. To speak out against it. Macklemore   I teach a course on various EEO “issues,” on average, about three times every month. I love teaching these classes because while my materials/content are consistent, the stories and questions are always…

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You’re Not That Great or Important

I got a call the other day…a desperate one at that…to help resolve a touchy employee relations problem. The problem at hand involved nearly twenty professionals.  I use the word “professionals” loosely as they demonstrated anything but professionalism. Name calling, back stabbing, hostility, aggressiveness…you name it, they offered it.   How does a team get this…

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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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Hostile Work Environment

I got a call today from a potential client; here’s an excerpt: An employee has filed a formal complaint that the supervisor was treating her and everyone else poorly.  She said the supervisor was creating a “hostile work environment.”   The employee told us (HR) that we must “do something about it” or else!  …

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A City Divided

I have an ego, I have a temper, I am emotional and I often over-react.  I talk too much, I listen too little, I’m a bit selfish and I struggle with forgiveness.  However, I am trying to be a decent human, a great HR professional and a thoughtful leader.   I have wrestled with writing…

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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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