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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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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-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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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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HR Effing Rocks

I was at a social occasion last weekend and the question of, “What do you do for a living?” came up. I let my new friend know that I work in Human Resources and mostly function as an HR Business Partner. They then asked, “Well what does that actually mean? What does HR do?” Wow- great questions. I sit around eating bon-bons . . . just kidding. Oh, some days, I wish this were true. But unfortunately, they make me work for my paycheck. Sons of guns! So, what does an HR Business Partner do? I play chess. I sit down with leaders and think

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T. . . from HR

. . . Thank you Aretha Franklin, for calling out the most important guideline of HR- Respect! Early in my career, I was working at a high school in Arizona.  I had the role of administrative assistant to one of the Vice Principals.  I loved my job!  I learned so much while I was in this role.  I was only 19 years old so I was barely older than some of the seniors.  This made for some interesting interactions and a lot of lessons learned. One was during the aftermath of a fight involving a few kids. I overheard a conversation that has stuck with

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Why should you sit at my table?

“Why should I give HR a seat at the table?” My first (and favorite) answer was, “Because I said so,” but I thought that might not go over well. So, after holding back, I gave it some thought and here is my better, more appropriate answer that every HR professional should read and agree to. If you don’t have these skills, please reach out to me and let’s talk. As an HR person, our first thought will be on the employees. Now you may be working with a great leader who is also thinking about the employees but the lens

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10 Questions for HR to Ask Before a Re-Organization

10 Questions for HR to Ask Before a Re-Organization

I was writing a blog on another topic when re-organizations came up.  It got me thinking that sharing a short list of questions HR practitioners should be asking their leadership team before a re-organization would be helpful.  Here they are enjoy! What is the business problem you are trying to solve?  This will lead to a discussion of what is going on in the business and give you insights into what the leader is thinking big picture. What’s changing?  Duh, this might seem like a no brainer, right?  Sometimes I like to be Captain Obvious for fun. What is the business need for

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HR on a Tightrope

HR on a Tightrope

In HR we have to be tightrope walkers.  We balance between listening and supporting the employees and consulting with the managers to give them the best advice.  The rope is the company.  We always have to stand tall on the rope and keep our eyes forward to get to the other side! Sometimes we lean a little further to the right, towards our employees.  We listen and focus and hopefully make things better for them.  We can empathize with the employee’s situation.  This is goodness and it is right.   We want every employee to come to work and enjoy the

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