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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,…

Teams and Balancing Skills, Part 2 – The Framework

In my previous post, I promised a framework for thinking about the balance of skills required in a team. So here we go! First, I am sure there are as many frameworks as there are people who would like to think about frameworks for skill balance. This happens to be one of them. My exposure…

Jerry Sandusky And Other Alternate Reality Employees

“Tragic” is not a strong enough word to describe the whole situation of the scandal at Penn State and the current trial of former coach Jerry Sandusky. When I watched the interview with Bob Costas that was held late last year, it reminded me of several workplace investigations I’ve been involved with over the years….