Being too close to your employees can backfire

Over the years, leadership books, blogs and podcasts have encouraged leaders to form close relationships with their teams as another linchpin in organizational efficiency. But what if being too close to your employees can backfire? A recently published research article in the Journal of Applied Psychology, suggests that it could. The research is based on … Continue reading Being too close to your employees can backfire

The One Question to help Leaders Focus on Strategy-Lesson from Intel

When you think of Intel, you most likely think of the its dominance in the microprocessor industry. Most of us have forgotten how Intel broke into the market depending primarily on the production of its memory chips. This shift in product strategy altered the brand, making Intel a household name. What was the one question that helps leaders focus on strategy?

Stop Hiding Behind Policy

I cannot put into words the vile feelings I have when I hear someone in my profession say, “According to policy” or “Policy states”. It’s almost like a nuclear explosion erupts in my head and manifests itself on my face. I typically have to count to ten before responding and even then my response is … Continue reading Stop Hiding Behind Policy

HR Should Function like the Central Nervous System in the Organization

I have yet to meet someone who did not marvel at the wonders of the human body.  Billions of cells working together behind the scenes to manufacture life in countless forms of beauty and wonder.  As a self-proclaimed nerd, I immerse myself in documentaries, books, and articles related to the inner-workings of our bodies, especially … Continue reading HR Should Function like the Central Nervous System in the Organization

HR, You have too many silos!

I love the character Dory in Disney’s Nemo and in her own movie Dory.  She’s a beautiful surgeonfish who has some minor memory issues.  It seems she can recall long-term memory but tends to forget anything her friends tell her only minutes before. As one could imagine, this can present a significant problem if you’re … Continue reading HR, You have too many silos!

NakedHR-the 7 deadly sins of HR

So I'm taking a major leap, one that excites me, scares me and exposes a lot of insecurities.  I have a passion for leveraging HR departments everywhere to become the transformational catalyst within organizations.  Unfortunately, in the process of releasing this book, I feel I will most likely create a number of enemies in my own profession.  

Being a “Ghost Hunter” Leader

There are tons of shows out there around the whole idea of hunting for ghosts. Some are incredibly ridiculous and could be a better fit on the Comedy Channel rather than the channels they are on. My favorite is Ghost Adventures with the muscular frat guy and his two pals who like to make themselves … Continue reading Being a “Ghost Hunter” Leader