A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

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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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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Would You Bet on You?

“Poker reveals to the frank observer something else of import—it will teach him about his own nature. Many bad players do not improve because the cannot bear self-knowledge.” David Mamet   I am reading a book on the game of poker.  I don’t play poker, nor do I care to learn how to play poker,…

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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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SCARF – it’s comforting

You can’t build a great house on a weak foundation. My mother, Carol Strider   I had the pleasure of teaching a class the other day on leadership and employee engagement. My primary objective of this particular course was to help participants identify some pragmatic ideas to not only engage an otherwise “positive” workforce but to…

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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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I read something the other day that inspired me to contact an old friend. Jason Seiden’s post, “Childhood Friends“, suggested that old friends, ones we met when we were children, are the ones most likely to accept you the way you are – they are the ones you don’t need to impress. Jason’s post made…

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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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 “What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying.” Albert Camus My friend is dying. She’s been sick with stupid cancer for over a year now but this week, it’s really hit home.  She’s been encouraged to quit fighting and she’s been denied additional care.  It’s been suggested to her…

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