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September’s Carnival of HR- Current Events

September’s Carnival of HR Current events- we have a good mix of diversity and weather preparedness blogs! These blogs are relevant to each of us as we are facing them in our roles. Enjoy the thought leadership, tips and insights from HR experts who want to share their knowledge. This month’s theme was current events: Dorothy Dalton shares some great insights on diversity and the challenges company face. The infamous Robin Schooling give tips on how HR can prepare for emergency weather issues via our friends at HROS. Yvonne LaRose gives us a great take on multiple diversity topics: diversity from the

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Listen

My brother and I were driving to a family function the other day. Usually we would be talking about what adventures his kids were up to or how work is going. Instead we started talking about politics. Because who doesn’t want some lighthearted political conversation while sitting in rush hour traffic?!?! We got into some heavy things and covered a lot of ground. I was happy when I got out of the car. Not because traffic was crazy and not because I “won.” I was happy because even though it was a heavy conversation, we were able to listen to

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Coaching Costs Money – Here’s the Bottom Line

In previous articles, we’ve discussed how a coach can help you become more successful, formats of the sessions, and confidentiality issues. By now, I am sure you are thinking, “Bottom line it for me, Katee. How much is this going to cost me?” Let’s talk about costs of a coach. It’s all free! (Just kidding) The costs of a coach are pretty flexible. I will give you an overview of executive coaching options, as well as an overview of a life coach, should you go down that path. Executive coaches work with individuals and organizations. The costs of a coach differ a

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Coaching Confidentiality

    I have shared a lot about the concepts and logistics of coaching; now I am going to share something that is a bit more personal. For a coaching relationship to be effective, there has to be trust between the coach and the client. That is a non-negotiable. For there to be trust, there needs to be some agreement on what is confidential and what is not. This doesn’t mean you need to sign an iron clad non-disclosure agreement. I would recommend that you start with a conversation outlining what information stays between the two of you and more

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Working with Your Coach

We have talked a bit about finding a coach and the reasons to use a coach. Let’s now turn to working with your coach. First Meeting When you select a coach there are a few things you should expect. First, they should meet with you to understand your needs. A coach will ask probing questions to get to the root cause of the issue. For example, you might be stuck in a rut at work. The coach will ask questions to understand how to address these issues. You may need a change of scenery (new company) or a change of

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You’re Wrong About HR

I saw this post about HR being bad at handling sexual harassment claims. Laurie Reuttiman (the author) is actually someone I respect as an HR thought leader. After reading the article though, my response is: You’re Wrong About HR.   Susan Fowler IS a human resource nightmare for HR departments . . . that are not doing their job. The entire story Susan shared is disturbing on every level. The sexual harassment and the hostile work environment created at Uber is unacceptable. Her leadership team and HR should have stopped it.   If HR is not investigating sexual harassment claims that’s neglect of

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Finding the Right Coach

In my previous post, I shared a bit about who and why you might consider using an executive life coach. The next question is, how do you go about finding the right coach? I have used a professional coach for various reasons throughout my career. There are a couple of things to consider when looking for a coach yourself: Where do you look? You can do a Google search to find a coach. Then do a bit more digging. Coaching doesn’t require specific licensing or qualifications, but there are resources and certifications that the right coach might possess to build

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Did We Forget About “Dear Abby”?

One of the monthly articles in my favorite magazine answers etiquette questions. I always love to read them and wonder what the person did while they waited for the response in the magazine. Did they confront the mother-in-law who criticized their cooking? Did they send the thank-you note to the uncle who only gave an envelope of cash for the wedding? Since I am not shy about addressing things when they bother me, it always fascinates me. I do like to learn the right answer to address these issues, for future reference. I want to “mind my manners” as the old saying

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Want To Break Through to the Next Level? Find a Coach.

Natural athletes seldom achieve greatness on their own.  A good coach will add so much more to an athlete’s ultimate success by focusing on their strengths and blocking out negative impulses. Coaching, in general, is about looking forward. It is a process of helping people develop a way of thinking that will enable them to make better decisions consistently and sustainably over time. It is about setting goals to strive towards. This is exactly what a professional/personal coach will do for your business. Coaching is for people who are already successful but who want to become even better.  Successful business

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External Awareness- Look Outside of Yourself

  You may have heard the expression, “reading the room”. This is the ability for someone to understand what is going on around them and react as needed. The fancier term is external awareness. And let’s face it, I am super fancy so that’s what we will call it!   In the last two posts we focused on self-awareness and self management.  Those are both internally focused. Now let’s look outward with external awareness.   Awareness. Awareness is knowing what is going on around you. It’s another piece of the emotional intelligence puzzle. Having awareness of others can open your eyes. Awareness helps you

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