A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

What’s Your Story?

  Things are heating up in Florida, folks. Orlando is being taken over by HR Professionals! SHRM14 has begun!   What’s your story? Why did you make the trip? I think that’s what I love most about these conferences. I learn from some of the sessions, I certainly enjoy the networking events, and I adore…

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SHRM National or Bust

It’s about that time!   It’s about time to think about packing. It’s about time to touch base with friends I haven’t seen in awhile. And it’s about time to get excited about learning something new.   SHRM 2014 National Conference starts in less than a week, and it’s about time to get prepared for…

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Follow Through

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank   I have three talents…none of them are bowling. I have bowled quite a bit in my 44 years; I used to be on a team in my late 20s but that’s mostly because it came…

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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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Courage from the Bayou

I had the pleasure of traveling to Baton Rouge this past week to speak at the Louisiana State Conference on HR. I’m dubbing this conference one of  “courage.”  While it wasn’t the theme, nearly all of the significant messages I am taking home with me are about bravery, valor, nerve or grit.   Jay Kuhns, Vice…

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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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Come on Baby, Light My Fire

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”  Plutarch I have the pleasure of developing and facilitating a mentoring workshop for a client this week.  The fun thing about this particular event is I’m not just telling them about how a mentorship program can work, what the benefits…

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Lessons Learned from Family Night

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” John F. Kennedy   My 7 year old son is fascinated my marine life.  He constantly talks about being a marine “researcher” so he can learn all about the many animals in the sea and, of course, discover new ones so he can be famous. Yesterday was…

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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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