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Book Review – Hidden Strengths

The full title of this book is Hidden Strengths – Unleashing the Crucial Leadership Skills You Already Have. It’s a great descriptor of what the book has to offer, and is written by Thuy Sindell and Milo Sindell. I’ve had a lot of team leaders in my career. Some were good coaches, some were bad….

Amazon Needs a Fifteenth Principle

It’s hard to look at any of my normal feeds today and still not see a reference to what’s going on at Amazon. The NYT article that appeared this weekend clearly makes Amazon out to be an incredibly competitive place to work. Competition seems to be defined as much in dedication and hours spent as key…

Goals, Actions, and Intent – Part 3

Most of us know about making objectives SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound). But here’s the next thing I think you should consider. Ideally, your objectives reflect change and growth. So, after setting SMART Objectives, what about a smart plan to achieve them? We don’t change and grow accidentally. We need a plan. In my…

Talent – When Enough is Not Enough

One of the things I am known for at work is my view that we sometimes over-design or over-think things. One of my coworkers refers to this as the GSD – Gardner Sufficiency Doctrine.  It’s that point in a process where you realize continued investment will yield diminished returns.  Some people call it the 80/20…

The Introvert on Vacation

I’ve worked the with the same company long enough to earn a lot of vacation time. And for me, just taking Friday off in the summer would be a great use of that time. Realistically, I share that time with Mrs. I, and we plan to travel. Earlier this year we took a cruise. Now,…

John Rocker, Chick-fil-A, Paula Deen, and Me

What is the common thread in the title to this post? It should be easy to guess. Those mentioned in the title have all been impacted in one way or another by their biases. Here’s a quick refresher. John Rocker is a famous baseball player. Not so famous for his pitching abilities as he is…

Do You Have A Workplace Culture, or a Granfalloon?

Who doesn’t think Office Space is a great movie? In the restaurant where Jennifer Aniston’s character works, she is required to wear a minimum number of pieces of “flair”. This is an idea that she cannot seem to tolerate or bring herself to care about. She is not connecting to the desired culture of the…

The Least Important Issue is Still Important to Someone

I like to build things. I like to improve upon what we know and make things better. More productive, more safe, more reliable. As an engineer, I learned early on that you don’t make equipment mods without talking to the operators. And I learned that they were picky about the smallest things. So when I…

Is Your Workplace a Floundering Cruise Ship?

Last month one of my friends commented on how Lance Armstrong should be grateful the Manti Te’o story broke, and Manti should be happy that Lance went to see Oprah. Why? Because when you can’t avoid the attention of the media, nothing beats a good distraction. So the audience gets split. Corporate reputations are kind…

Voices In My Head – Paul Hebert

Happy Tim Sackett Day, wherein we honor those HR pros who make it happen day in and day out. I’m lucky that many of these greats blog about their experience, because it makes me that much more dangerous in my work! Today we recognize the incomparable Paul Hebert. When HREvolution came to Atlanta in 2011,…