Category: Building Relationships

Hopes For Our Future Workplaces

Hopes For Our Future Workplaces

A group of thoughtful and interested business professionals get together each week to share Lessons Learning.  As a group, we have learned and experienced a lot over the last six months. I recently posed a question to the group: What learnings do you hope we will carry forward into the future workplace? TRUST MORE:  Working from home has created a scenario in which managers are no longer able to monitor work in person. They must trust their direct reports to accomplish their… Continue Reading »


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TEAMS: BUILDING A FOUNDATION OF TRUST

TEAMS: BUILDING A FOUNDATION OF TRUST

The benefits of teamwork are many, to individuals as well as organizations.  New and innovative ideas surface faster, the quality of work improves, efficiency increases, stronger working relationships are developed, team members are given more learning opportunities and sharing the load improves work/life balance. Bringing people with individual and unique talents together is a competitive advantage for companies. However, the benefits of working of teams do not materialize without some forethought, conscious planning and development of the team.  Today, we… Continue Reading »


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Employee Engagement in the NEXT Normal

Employee Engagement in the NEXT Normal

The May 2020 Gallup survey on Employee Engagement finds: 38% of employees are actively engaged.  This is highest the metric has been since 2000 when Gallup started tracking. At that point it was 26%. Actively Disengaged employees (those that have miserable work experiences and spread their unhappiness to their colleagues) has remained at its lowest of 13%. A Quantum workplace study released in June 2020 reported employee engagement at its peak in 2020 was up 11% over the same time in 2019.  Coinciding with the initial negative impacts… Continue Reading »


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#WorkHuman2019

#WorkHuman2019

Work Human has been called a conference like no other. I have been intrigued and following their posts on Social Media for the past four years.  This year, for the second time, I had the chance to attend the conference in Nashville, TN.   Work Human ISa conference like no other I have attended – they have cracked the code. Here are a few highlights from my experience this year: Work Human is centered around the commitment to bring humanity back to the workplace.  The… Continue Reading »


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Re-Think, Re-Energize – #WORKHUMAN 2018

Re-Think, Re-Energize – #WORKHUMAN 2018

As a mostly “self-taught”, “learn through experience” HR professional, conferences are one of my most important teachers and classrooms. The provide great opportunities to learn, gain clarity, build confidence, network, think differently and re-energize.  Over the years, I have had my “go to” conferences and those I have attended only once.  They have all provided the chance to learn, network, gain clarity and build my confidence in supporting my current organization or clients. As the world of work continues to… Continue Reading »


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“FOLLOW THE LEADER”

“FOLLOW THE LEADER”

As children, many of us played the game “Follow the Leader”. The rules as I recall them were simple; everyone got in a line behind the “Leader” and did whatever they did or told us to do.  The rules of leadership in the real world are not so simple and leaders cannot expect team members to “get in line” and do whatever they tell us to do.  As a leader, especially a new leader or First Time Manager inspiring team members… Continue Reading »


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FIRST FOCUS for First Time Managers

FIRST FOCUS for First Time Managers

Becoming a First Time Manager can be one of the most challenging and overwhelming career transitions.  As many studies will tell you, an effective on-boarding program substantially increases the success of someone joining a new company. 77% of new hires who hit their first performance milestone had formal on-boarding training. Organizations with a standard on-boarding process experience 54% greater new hire productivity Yet, not every company has a formal on-boarding program for new employees let alone provide guidance for First Time… Continue Reading »


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Everyone Has A Story!

Everyone Has A Story!

I LOVE Stories…especially those that are about or based on true life.  That may be why I like to read historical fiction, why I am a big fan of “Humans of New York” (HONY) and why I loved to listen to my Mom and Dad tell stories about our family and growing up.  I am especially grateful to have my Dad’s home movies and recordings of my cousin interviewing my Mom and my Aunt about their childhood. Both of these… Continue Reading »


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“Play Well With Others”

“Play Well With Others”

How many of us remember hearing those words from our parents when we were  growing up?  They are a parent’s advice that would serve anyone well through out their life. Today, those words take on even more significance when working with or collaborating with others in the workplace. A 2012 IBM Survey of CEOs identified “collaboration as the number one trait CEOs are seeking in their employees with 75% saying it was critical.” Collaboration encourages the sharing of knowledge, supports… Continue Reading »


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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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