June 9th, 2017

The Princess Bride, one of my favorite movies of all time, contains a wealth of sardonic quotes that appeal to my dry sense of humor. In one scene, the character, Vizzini has discovered that, once again, something he believed could not happen has, in fact, happened. “Inconceivable!”says Vizzini (for the third or forth time). Without pause, his companion observes, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”Words are to…

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March 3rd, 2017

A guide to company culture You have been kidnapped! You stepped outside for air at a New Year’s Eve beach party and friendly pirates grabbed you and carted you off to their ship for a trip around the world. You’re going to be gone for a year – with no computer or cell phone! Egads! What will happen to your company? When you are, at last, released, what will you find the first Monday back? Imagine that you could see your employees before they saw you. Would everyone be…

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January 23rd, 2016

Are you buying apathy from your employees? I don’t mean are you “buying” it – as in accepting that employees have a right to be and actually are apathetic about something. I mean, are you buying it – as in paying good money to your employees in exchange for their apathy? Some research organizations put employee disengagement at up to 70%!1 While that number is often debated, three things are true. One, even if the correct number is only half the stated statistic, it means…

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September 20th, 2015

Been on Facebook lately? Those who revel in such statistics pronounce that 20% of the world population has been on Facebook in the last 30 days.1 — a percentage that takes a giant leap among the population of employed people in the United States. Newsflash: No matter what your policy, beliefs or firewalls say, social media is impacting your workplace. Are you guiding the flow or getting carried by the current? Your social media policy, (you have one, right?) likely says something about…

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April 10th, 2015

This week, top designers met in Paris and New York for Fashion Week – a chance to tell the rest of us which colors and styles we must go buy and which ones we should shun. Which new color will be the chic of the season? The “go to” color for those who want to be in style? The one that fashion magazines and television shows will proclaim as the ‘new black’ – that everyone just has to have? Even if you think HR is exciting, job descriptions could never been described as sexy or…

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