Katee's Blog

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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Pay Equity Debate-Truth or Fiction

Pay Equity Debate-Truth or Fiction

The pay equity debate has been on everyone’s mind recently. As women, we want to know that we are being paid the same as the man doing the same job at the next desk over. There are reports that say it is not an issue and reports that say it is an issue. The bottom line is . . . it’s complicated. There are multiple factors to consider, so it is not cut and dry. Choices. A lot of the pay equity debate is being attributed to choices. I agree that choices do have an impact. Let’s dig in on that. High percentages of women

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Self-Management: Not Just About Managing Yourself

  The idea of self-management seems pretty simple. It says it all in the name, right? You manage yourself and . . . done.   But self-management is much more. And why does it matter? Self-management helps you to be a better leader. It helps you get shit done and move forward. I have heard a lot of different ways of defining self-management. I think there are 4 things to focus on: adaptability, drive, emotional restraint, and positivity.   Adaptability: When I was an HR baby, I supported a site of about 500 employees. I was learning so much good stuff

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Self-Aware: The Woman in the Mirror

  When was the last time you took a look in the mirror and really saw who you were? Not the little wrinkles or the crooked smile, but who you are inside. Who is the woman in the mirror? What makes you, you? How are you different from everyone else? How are you the same? One of the most important tools for being a better human is self-awareness. A lot of people lack this tool and suffer because of it. Knowing how you are being perceived by others can help you win (or lose), both deals and your employees. Today self-awareness is even

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Are We There Yet? Diversity Numbers

I was recently on a road trip with some friends and the obligatory, “Are we there yet?” was asked more than a few times. After the trip, I was reflecting on this statement. Every child learns when they are in the car for any extended period of time to ask, “Are we there yet?”  Of course, my thoughts turned to how this applies to diversity numbers. “Are we there yet” is something every D & I professional and company executive is asking. As a diversity champion I wish I could say yes to this question every time. First though, let me share two

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Defining E & I & D . . . And Belonging

Defining E & I & D- Engagement, Inclusion, & Diversity (updated 5.7.18 to add in Belonging) I have recently moved into a new role at my company. When I have tried to explain to people what I am going to be doing I get a lot of blank stares and questions of what it means. Heck- I am still trying to define it myself! So, what is the role? VP of Engagement and Inclusion. I will also focus on our continued  diversity efforts. Altogether we are talking about Engagement, Inclusion & Diversity. Sounds fancy, huh? For my non-HR friends (and

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Prim & Proper Investigations

Prim & Proper Investigations

HR Investigations . . . This post isn’t for the O.G.*, pearl and cardigan wearing, HR lady. Nope, it’s for the newbies who still need a bit of direction. Although hopefully, I can remind everyone of the basics for Employee Relations= HR investigations. Inevitably, there will be a time in your HR career when you will complete an investigation. HR Investigations are an important part of being a generalist and need to be handled in a prim and proper way. If they are good, investigations can ensure a safe and happy workplace. We always want our employees to be comfortable when they are at

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How Do I Give Feedback?

Too much of anything is bad, right? I believe this to be true in most circumstances. Too much food, you get sick. Too much exercise, sore muscles and possible injuries. Too much booze, well…. that can lead to too much of other things! But what about feedback? Is there a circumstance where too much feedback is just, well, too much? Or the other extreme, when you are not getting any at all. That’s not great either, right? Or what if you don’t know how to give feedback? I was working for a large company a few years back and it

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