Change Happens, Let’s Deal With It

Change Happens, Let’s Deal With It

“Change is hard because people overestimate the value of what they have and underestimate the value of what they may gain by giving that up.” -Flight of the Buffalo That’s a more scholarly way of saying “I’ll keep the devil I know versus the one I don’t.” Most people...
Succession Planning: Developing Your Bench Strength

Succession Planning: Developing Your Bench Strength

Planning for both the foreseen and unexpected absences of people who hold key roles in an organization is a task which employers often avoid or engage in only in an informal manner. Worse yet, we sometimes limit the planning to the “C-Suite.” Does that sound like your...
Why You Don’t Really Have a Talent Shortage

Why You Don’t Really Have a Talent Shortage

One of the biggest complaints among business owners today is the inability to find good talent. We’re certainly at an all time low in many areas of the country in terms of unemployment rates. But I tend to push back when I hear that because oftentimes executives are...
Building Employee Alignment

Building Employee Alignment

What is employee alignment? And why should you care about it? “Alignment” is an employee’s perception of the degree to which his/her contributions are linked to the success of the organization. There are plenty of reasons why you should care, but here’s one: A...
The Relevant HR Function: A Manifesto

The Relevant HR Function: A Manifesto

I believe that HR is, for the most part, irrelevant…and has been for some time. Simply look at your favorite social media outlet and you’ll find countless posts on the “why we hate HR” theme. I believe this stems from 2 areas: 1. A lack of professionalism in the...
Sexual Harassment in Your Organization

Sexual Harassment in Your Organization

You don’t want to be the next what not to do headline in the news, do you? So ask yourself: how are reports of sexual harassment handled in my organization? There needs to be a process in place to handle these complaints when one comes in. In this video, I explain...
Is This The Best Interview Question Ever?

Is This The Best Interview Question Ever?

The other day, I got an email from a client concerned about her firm’s interviewing practices (which isn’t uncommon and is certainly a valid concern). She asked me, “Is this question okay? What was your relationship like with your mother and father?” I couldn’t help...
How to Grow Your Company’s Future Leaders

How to Grow Your Company’s Future Leaders

You probably know the standard reason for creating a succession plan: retirement. (Succession plan collecting dust? Read this first and then come back.) But I’d argue that another one of the most important pieces of a succession plan is growing your future leaders....