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Apr. 18, 2014 7:42 pm
Do you remember those days from your elementary school days? Or better yet do you remember that from your kid’s elementary school days? (Sorry, I do not mean to put the getting older trap on you)? Well we have show and tell days in the workplace too. The purpose of the assignment was to have each child come to class to tell his/her fellow students about something that was important to them. The...  Read More
Apr. 16, 2014 10:59 am
On April 14 the Wall Street Journal ran an article about companies eliminating their HR departments. If you poll large enough population of corporate executives about the role of HR, a majority will tell you that HR is an obstacle to getting things done. A couple of weeks ago Robin Schooling, fellow HR blogger at HR Schoolhouse, stated she had asked a group of HR ladies how to increase employee...  Read More
Mar. 31, 2014 12:32 pm
The Social Contract Part Deaux I have been following a thread for the last few days on LinkedIn that intertwines two concepts I find very relevant and timely. The title of the post was Is Engagement Dead ? The author argues that as the traditional relationship between employer and employed continues to break down and become more transactional and temporary that concepts like employee...  Read More
Mar. 24, 2014 1:31 pm
I recently picked up a copy of the local Tampa newspaper and found an article regarding the teachers being upset with the new accountability system. It was not that they were upset about the system. They were upset about the fact that the data collected was not compared to anyone outside of their district. My immediate thought was to Dr. Mikel Harry's book "Six Sigma: The Breakthrough Management...  Read More
Mar. 20, 2014 11:25 am
Creating a Winning Team I had a chance to catch a few shares by others that really reinforced for me the critical elements of an organization that performs in a sustained way. The first was an article on leadership training that not only discussed content, but more importantly timing. The article titled The Lego ® Blocks of Leadership , published by international consulting firm BlessingWhite...  Read More
Mar. 18, 2014 12:51 pm
An interaction with a number of clients and other people over the past couple of weeks has reminded me about how important alignment is, both personally and professionally. As many know I am an advocate of and hopefully catalyst for engagement . To me engagement represents that sweet spot where the goals of the organization and the goals of the individual are aligned. I recognize that many...  Read More
Mar. 13, 2014 1:40 pm
If we poll our employee population, you are very likely going to hear the response that they are looking for an authentic work environment. But just what does authentic mean? defines the term as “not false or copied; genuine; real” So look at your organization or your functional area of responsibility and are you being authentic? Are you honest with your employees in those little...  Read More
Feb. 26, 2014 12:38 pm
Things That Make Me Pause I like to think of myself as a social moderate and a bit of a fiscal conservative. I am a big believer in personal responsibility and accountability, employee engagement (because it is far superior to the alternative), and treating everybody with respect. Over the last 30 plus years I have been a human resources professional, c level executive, and management...  Read More
Feb. 23, 2014 3:38 pm
In the beginning of March I will be traveling to Raleigh to participate in the Capital Associated Industries Conference " HR 20/20: Focus, Evolve, Lead , facilitating a breakout session on identifying waste in your organization. As I look around the HR space many conferences are including similar programs on change management. However the real question do HR managers really understand what change...  Read More
Feb. 10, 2014 12:55 pm
Let me begin by stating that in no way am I espousing one religious view over another. Further those of you, who have followed my blog since its inception in 2007, know that I rarely touch on the ethics end of our profession. Having said that one of my local churches once again posted the Sunday sermon topic, which hit a nerve. The billboard read “Nothing can be legally right when it is morally...  Read More
Jan. 31, 2014 12:36 pm
Something to Consider I saw a quote on Facebook the other day that kind of spoke to me, it said, - It is easier to raise strong children than to try to fix broken men I agree with that concept and I also thought about my own interests and commitment to changing the social contract and promoting employee engagement . This week like every other I saw a number of things that kind of make you...  Read More
Jan. 28, 2014 2:25 pm
Like most HR professionals my inbox is bombarded with data almost all day. But one caught my eye the other day, which led me to begin to think about the question I posed in the title to this post. One of the posts I get is from the Networked Lawyer Blog ( ) in which they discussed the case of USA vs. Nosal in which a recruiter for Korn Ferry was charged with the...  Read More
Jan. 23, 2014 2:56 pm
Understanding the Engagement Continuum My colleague Michael Beck posted a great piece the other day on why the majority of employers worldwide are doing the engagement thing wrong,addressing it reactively rather than proactively and I couldn’t agree more. Much better to build engagement into the fabric of your organization through appropriate selection and hiring, but it doesn’t stop there. ...  Read More
Jan. 20, 2014 10:38 am
If You Need Some Leadership Inspiration, Then Add These Five Leadership Books to Your 2014 Reading List. Most of us have longer reading lists than available time. There are traditional hard cover books, PDFs and books saved onto our tablets, case studies our bosses have asked us to read and summarize, trade publications that continue to arrive when we least expect them via snail mail, and...  Read More
Jan. 17, 2014 1:56 pm
You read that real quick didn’t you? But go back and really consider the implications of the words themselves to the human resource professional in the daily exercise of their responsibilities. Yesterday is history There is no organization that is free from having made really bad human resource decisions. We have all fed into the corporate mantra, even though we may believe differently. We...  Read More
Jan. 14, 2014 3:25 pm
Lucy - We Got Work To Do! A colleague I deeply respect shared a couple of statistics yesterday that should give both employers and human resources professional pause; voluntary turnover (employees electing to seek other employment) was up 45% year over year from 2013 to 2012. Additionally the cost per hire was calculated at 15% higher than the previous year. Given that we hear constantly from...  Read More
Jan. 9, 2014 4:30 pm
When Will They Ever Learn… I am probably dating myself a bit by borrowing that line from the classic Peter Seeger tune, but I find myself asking that question over and over again. The they I am referring to are the leaders and managers who still don’t seem to get it. As most anyone who has read any of my stuff knows I have committed my career to building and reinforcing new models of how...  Read More
Jan. 6, 2014 9:53 am
The NBC News reported on Sunday that the Washington State Department of Transportation reported that a construction project to construct a tunnel in Seattle had been halted because the world’s largest boring machine had been stopped by an 8 inch diameter steel pipe. When I stopped for a moment to consider this I asked myself in our HR functions what is our 8” diameter steel pipe? The majority...  Read More
Dec. 31, 2013 2:01 pm
So once again it is New Year’s Eve and we find ourselves closing out one year and starting another. I would be less than candid if I didn’t say that in many ways I will be glad to see this year end. This was a year of great turbulence it seems both for me personally and for a lot of the world in general. We set multiple records this year for performance of the stock market and we seem to be...  Read More
Dec. 3, 2013 5:24 pm
Several years ago I walked into my favorite bookstore and was fascinated by a book on the shelf.What caught my eye was the bright orange cover and the band of duct tape across the cover . The book was Chip and Dan Heath’s first book titled “Made to Stick.” Since then I have been looking forward to reading their other works. It is no different for their newest work titled “Decisive.” In Chapter...  Read More
Nov. 20, 2013 10:57 am
Recognize these words and do they have any meaning in today's marketplace? "Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation,conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a...  Read More
Nov. 18, 2013 11:08 am
Paradigm Shifters As anyone who has ever read anything I have written, attended a presentation, or interacted with me knows I feel we are in serious need of some paradigm shifts. I tuned into 60 Minutes last night. I still find the show entertaining if not always entirely accurate. Two different segments really captured my attention on last night’s show. The first was a segment about Warren...  Read More
Nov. 7, 2013 2:35 pm
Your Process Drives Your Results! I recognize that this statement in and of itself is not particularly profound. Indeed it represents the essence of the total quality movement. Good processes properly understood and practiced will consistently yield better results. What I still struggle with after over 30 years as an executive, manager, and consultant is why we still don’t seem to universally...  Read More
Nov. 1, 2013 10:46 am
The top of the social media iceberg is represented by Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google Plus, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram, WordPress, and Flipboard. With dozens more, how do you choose which site to dive into? Which site creates the most memorable digital footprint? All of the key sites may be useful, but if you’re a leader, which site helps to build an individual’s leadership brand? ...  Read More
Oct. 31, 2013 2:07 pm
Who Defines Leadership? I was having a great conversation the other evening with a friend who is also my resident cynic. Growing up in the Midwest in a Latvian community (if you are unfamiliar with Latvia it is/was an Eastern European country dominated by the USSR among others) she has a natural distrust for conventional authority, corporate leaders anything else reeking of capricious (as...  Read More
Oct. 30, 2013 10:00 am
As I do most mornings I was watching Good Morning America and across the bottom of the screen in their news scroll was an item which stated that Target had announced that they were removing from their employment application all questions pertaining to criminal records or offenses. Which poses the question above—is this a sign of the times or a bad move? There is much that can be said for either...  Read More
Oct. 25, 2013 11:35 am
It is coming up on the holiday season and some of you will begin to bake cakes and pies for the celebrations which soon follow. Many of you will follow recipes that have been handed down over generations in your families. But what if someone came to you and said “This year why don’t you only make a third of a pie?” Sound ridiculous? We in essence ask the same question when we make the statement...  Read More
Oct. 23, 2013 11:03 am
And We Still Call Them Soft Skills? Yet another survey has come out and validated what we should already know- relationships are important at work. This most recent study by HR consulting firm Ranstad reports that 8 out of 10 respondents indicating that having a good working relationship with their boss is very important to them. As a corollary the single most frequent reason cited by employees...  Read More
Oct. 14, 2013 11:57 am
A colleague of mine had a chance to attend the healthiest employers of Oregon awards program last week and he was intrigued and excited to share the ideas of the event with me. Like him I was very pleased to see organizations focusing on this area and recognizing the importance of managing health rather than health care. I would be less than candid however if I didn’t acknowledge that there...  Read More
Oct. 13, 2013 4:17 pm
Human Resource Executive magazine in their September 16 issue reported the results of the 2013 “What’s Keeping You Up at Night” survey. As in past years 35% of the respondents replied that getting employees engaged within the organization. The ongoing solution was employee engagement surveys every 12-16months. While surveys are fine, they tend not to explain some of the reasons for the...  Read More

No Worries, We Are NOT Vulnerable To The OpenSSL Bug

We do not use OpenSSL here at or No need to worry or change passwords here because of the widely-publicized Heartbleed Bug. We have suffered two short outages recently presumably because much of the Internet transport infrastructure does rely on OpenSSL and they have been updating their systems.

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