Category: Human Resources

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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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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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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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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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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Business Acumen – A Competitive Edge for Leaders at Every Level

Business Acumen is one of the key competencies every leader in every organization at every level needs to be viewed as a true business partner.  As I was reviewing various definitions for Business Acumen I came across the one on Wikipedia.  It reads as follows: “Business acumen is keenness and quickness in understanding and dealing with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome. The term “business acumen” can be broken down literally… Continue Reading »


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LET’S CHAT!

LET’S CHAT!

Twitter chats have been around for quite a while but I have only recently started to participate. Although unintentional I had been on a social media hiatus and was looking for ways to re-engage.   My friend and HR colleague Joel Peterson (follow him at @joelyoh) shared one of his commitments, which I thought was a great idea — participate in a Twitter chat several times a week. Here’s how they work – The chat is held at a specific day and… Continue Reading »


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Why Twitter?

Why Twitter?

When I first joined twitter in March of 2010, I wasn’t sure of where to start or what the true benefits would be.  It might seem that most people today would know and understand the benefits but I regularly talk to folks about my experience and what I have gained over the last three years. Research:  There is a wealth of information available on twitter.  This includes links to blogs, articles and research papers.  With twitters search capability it is… Continue Reading »


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