A COLLECTION MOST PRECIOUS!

A COLLECTION MOST PRECIOUS!

Over the years, I have collected a number of things:  books, cranberry glass, nutcrackers, Christmas ornaments, Wedgewood  (specifically that beautiful dark blue), art supplies, milk glass, family heirlooms and prints from my travels to name (quite) a few.  I enjoy the process of seeking out new and unusual places to find something to add to each collection, the excitement of finding the perfect addition, enjoying them in my home and knowing there is a story behind each of them.  Without… Continue Reading »


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Guest on DriveThruHR – “What’s Keeping You Up at Night?”

Guest on DriveThruHR – “What’s Keeping You Up at Night?”

I had the honor of being a guest today on Drive Thru HR hosted by Bryan Wempen.  The conversation starts with the question “What’s Keeping You Up at Night?” and quickly moved through a variety of topics:  Attracting and retaining talent, the importance of 0n-boarding, simplifying HR, aligning people practices with business results, adding value and collaboration.  Would love to hear your thoughts on any of those topics! You can catch DriveThruHR everyday at 12:00 pm central time on Blog… Continue Reading »


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Feedback: It’s a Dialogue not a Monologue!

Feedback:  It’s a Dialogue not a Monologue!

In most organizations when employees are asked what they would like most from their managers – -the answer is feedback.  People want to know where they stand. They want to know if your perception of their performance is the same as their own.  Providing effective feedback is therefore a key skill set for leaders looking to develop high performers.  Yet, in many cases providing feedback is a skill that causes the most discomfort for new and long-term supervisors. For many… Continue Reading »


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Key Benefits of Effective Feedback

Key Benefits of Effective Feedback

Providing effective feedback to our team offers great benefits.   Many times we loose site of how impactful those benefits can be, however, when given at the right time in a respectful, positive and constructive manner feedback is the key to individual and organizational success.  Here are some of the benefits: Improves Performance Feedback provides a clear expectation of performance.  Learning what they do well increases a team member’s confidence. They are more likely to try more, stretch themselves and share… Continue Reading »


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Top Five Reasons To Attend A Professional Conference

Top Five Reasons To Attend A Professional Conference

The New York State SHRM Conference, HR Hat Trick: Innovate, Imagine, Inspire is right around the corner on September 15 – 17th, 2013 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.  HR Professionals, Executives, Small Business Owners, Trainers, and Business Leaders Interested in Maximizing Human Capital and Personal Performance will be gathering to hear the latest in HR trends, issues and solutions.  I have the honor of working with a small team of fellow HR Professionals to help promote the conference.  It… Continue Reading »


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Hope and Change

Last week I had the opportunity to hear Ty Bennett speak on the Power of Influence at CHART’s 86th Hospitality Training Leadership Conference in Miami. Although there were many “take aways” from his presentation, I was most struck by the video he shared — “Lost Generation”. It is both thought provoking and inspiring.   We all have the power to influence and affect positive change.  We need to invest and show interest in people.  Be present, ask questions and listen.  There… Continue Reading »


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The C-Suite Speaks: An Invitation to Increase Human Resources’ Strategic Partnership

The C-Suite Speaks: An Invitation to Increase Human Resources’ Strategic Partnership

I recently attended a meeting of the Human Resources Association of New York to hear a panel on the topic: “The C-Suite Speaks: An Invitation to Increase Human Resources’ Strategic Partnership.”  Moderated by Richard Atkins, Managing Director of Improving Communications, Stella Pappas, EVP and COO of the Institute for Community Living and Phil Brandt, CEO/President of AAIM Employers Association shared their perspectives on what Human Resources should be doing to help the business. At the Institute for Community Living, Ms…. Continue Reading »


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Get Your Social On! – Key Skills For Leaders in the 2020 Workplace

Get Your Social On! – Key Skills For Leaders in the 2020 Workplace

Social media literacy is fast becoming a source of competitive advantage both for organizations and individuals. What was unknown just a few years ago has become our daily reality.  Many organizations realize the potential of harnessing these new technologies:  social media campaigns engage customers and potential employees alike, internal social networking sites and blogs encourage the sharing of ideas and best practices as well as increase the opportunity for improved communication, on-line meeting and collaboration tools enable global teams to… Continue Reading »


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Creating Your Employee Value Proposition

Creating Your Employee Value Proposition

An organization’s brand is like a coin…it has two sides.   One is focused externally on the value created for their customer and the other is focused internally on the value created for their employees – your Employee Value Proposition (EVP).  Your EVP articulates the mix of offerings and opportunities an employee will experience throughout the Employee Lifecycle that will differentiate your company from your competitors, in return for what the employee contributes. Just as we want to create that emotional… Continue Reading »


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Is HR Ready for Big Data?

Is HR Ready for Big Data?

Organizations are rushing to understand, incorporate and manage Big Data.  However, like many big changes in recent years its use and application will be different by organization and the various departments within those organizations. Using the example of Social Media, I have regularly encouraged organizations to think first of their organizational goals and then determine how and if social media will help the organization achieve those goals.  Many organizations incorporate social media believing its use is required to stay “up… Continue Reading »


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