Keep Your Hands To Yourself

“Don’t hand me no lines, and keep your hands to yourself.” Way back in 1986, the Georgia Satellites summed it up pretty well. But apparently not everyone was listening. A few months ago, I was participating in #NextChat on Women in HR Tech. While we were discussing communication styles, my friend and fellow #HRTribe’er Anne Tomkinson (@annetomk) commented on the silly names she’s seen on training on how to talk to women (as if it’s some closely-guarded secret). I suggested we could simplify it and call it “How Not to Be a Dick”. Apparently, it resonated, and it’s been a bit of a running joke. A few months later, and the dam has broken on uncovering years of appalling rampant sexual abuse/har

Being Your Best Self

The other night, I attended DisruptHR Philadelphia. I loved every minute of it. The networking, the speakers, the free-flowing stream of f-bombs, it just flat-out rocked. One of the speakers, Vadim Liberman (@VadimsViews), spoke about authenticity and the need to help our people be not just their true selves, but their best selves. This ignited some inner dialogue about my role in HR. I believe, as I always have, that HR should be a catalyst for team member growth and success. But HR needs a catalyst too. Let’s face it, we handle a lot every day. Managing benefits, administering policies and procedures, making sure everyone gets paid (correctly), coaching and developing our people, facilitat

Avoiding the Cone of Silence

I think we all recognize the “cone of silence” from Get Smart. Information is kept highly confidential among a select few. On the screen, hilarity ensues and somehow the good guys manage to save the day. In the workplace, however, this kind of tight-lipped operation often leads to very negative consequences. I think there is a fundamental flaw in the way many companies communicate. It starts at the top with the C-Suite, who also have full access to information: strategic plan, financials, competitive vulnerabilities, the works. As we move down the org chart, we see “filters” applied at each level.  The c-suite isn’t completely keen on giving senior leadership all the nitty-gritty, so they pe

You've Got The Power

The other day, I was scrolling through Facebook, and I get a notification that my friend and college roommate tagged me.  He shares very openly some pretty major challenges in his life (depression, losing his house and belongings in a fire.  You know, THAT kind of major).  Then he says “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the following:”, listing a number of people, including me. Two things hit me instantly: 1.      I felt like a lousy friend.  How could I not know he was struggling so badly? 2.      Had I really made that kind of lasting impression on his life?  I certainly didn’t think that I had. The whole thing got me to thinking how easy it is to underestimate the impact we have on t

What Being A Parent Has Taught Me About Leadership

Two years ago, my wife and I were blessed with not one, but two little bundles of joy.  As they grow and develop, I am coming to believe that I am learning as much from them as they are from my wife and I.  It got me to thinking about my job in HR, and how I have evolved as a professional and as a leader. I started in HR out of college, as a young single guy.  A few years later I met Kristi, we got married in 2010, and we had our kids in 2015.  Throughout, I’ve had the same career.  But as I look back, I have noticed that the seasons of my life can also be observed in my approach to my job.  And where I am now as a parent of 2-year-old twins, I am fascinated at how it is actually making me a

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