Mind Your C’s – Culture Attributes to Look For

Where there is a workplace, people congregate. They talk. They exchange ideas. They develop solutions. Sometimes, they develop solutions that can advance the business in a big way. And then at other times, they develop solutions to problems that might have nothing to do with improving the results. Like finding ways to get rid of…

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…

Introversion is Not A Special Case

It seems that my LinkedIn newsfeed is getting more and more populated by articles about the poor, misunderstood introvert. Introverts are getting recognized as having a certain kind of quiet power, and so much is being written about how to manage this character in the business world. Like any other label, “Introvert” is about a…

The Petrino Principle Revisited – The Weiner Corollary

The need to win in college football is an incredibly powerful force. At the end of a season, when you do an accounting of all the games played across all the colleges, the number of wins will equal the number of losses. The golden ring for any school is to only have tallies in the…

Again – How Many HR People Does It Take To Change a Light Bulb?

For some reason this question has been coming up a lot recently in searches that lead people to my blog, so I just thought I would replay one of my earliest posts. If I asked that question of a random sampling of managers, I would get a range of answers. I would expect to hear:…

Open Door – Workplace Culture Sometimes Stays at Work

Josiah was not the type to stop by and chat, so I knew it was not a little issue. “Come on in” I told him. I pointed to a chair next to my little conference table as I came out from behind the desk to join him. “Have a seat.” “Are you havin’ a good…

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,…

The Business Case for Hiring Talent

This post title makes no sense, even to me. In a time where Diversity is all the rage, I have seen one too many articles on the business case for diversity. These articles usually point to the following reasons: A diverse work force is particularly important if your customers are diverse. You need to have…

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…

Verdicts, News Breaks, and Racism

There are many people where I work that are counting down the days to an important event – the start of the college football season. Here where the ACC and the SEC are the only conferences that really matter, there is the look forward to the Labor Day Weekend and the path to a new…