Editor’s Note: A number of TLNT readers have asked about this post recently, so here it is again in case you missed it originally.
This past week a member of my husband’s team suffered a devastating loss: his one-year-old daughter died, which sent my husband — his manager — looking into the company’s bereavement policy.
It was three days.
Three to five days is standard, so this isn’t a knock against his company. This is a knock against blanket HR policies which don’t get discussed much (by those outside of HR) until, that is, you come slamming up against one of them. Read more…
Where were you when you heard the news that Jon Stewart was leaving The Daily Show?
For many, like me, it’s one of those historic moments when shocking news hits us like a punch in the belly.
Why? Because his fans ADORE him!
And why is he adored? Read more…
Last week, the head of Human Resources for my city’s public school district resigned after it became public she exchanged text messages with a subordinate regarding other employees and their weight, age, and race.
To add further insult, when asked (via text message) if the texts were subject to open records laws, she mocked whether anybody could “find” the messages or figure out how to get copies of them.
I have a lot of faith in the students coming out of this school district and am pretty certain any high school sophomore could skip a day of school, binge watch 10 episodes of Scandal, and come away knowing that text messages can be “found” and traced. After all, these kids are pretty smart. Read more…
Sometimes, the best leadership examples come from someone who does not have the lofty titles.
We watch in amazement how one tiny gesture ends up giving us the wow factor in multitudes (as the video below shows). Ordinary people, or those in professions that would not be synonymous with leadership, set an example for all of us to follow.
It always brings a smile to my face when I see these random acts play out. Read more…
When was the last time you felt that the work you were doing had meaning or was about more than just making money?
Have you ever done something that filled you so completely that you could work nonstop for hours without realizing it?
If you have, then you know what we mean by “meaning.” Read more…
If your company is like most, you have a Human Resource department, and you may still call it HR.
For the traditional roles of Human Resources such as attracting, retaining and developing employees, the name makes sense. But, the responsibilities of this group are evolving, and the name HR fails to fully capture or give credit to the important ways this team serves and involves a company and its people.
Some 25 years ago, there were Personnel Departments. As the responsibilities changed and expanded to include services like benefits and compensation, the name became outdated and evolved into Human Resources. Read more…
Twenty-first Century corporate governance is a busy job.
Acting on behalf of shareholders, boards of directors are paying attention to an escalating list of risks and rewards from a company’s undertakings. Like many activities within any organization, “the squeaky wheels get the grease.”
Other than in desperate situations such as “turnarounds,” culture seldom ranks as a pressing matter in the boardroom. That’s a big mistake.
During my tenure as a CEO, my Board of Directors never posed questions pertaining to corporate culture. I wasn’t surprised in the least. Jacobs Suchard Directors expected me to run their North American operation as an entrepreneurial enterprise, and as long as the returns were favorable, they assumed I was doing just that. Read more…
The New England Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game last weekend, earning them a trip to the Super Bowl this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
Super Bowl XLIX (that’s 49 for non-Romans) will mark a major milestone in a historic journey by the Patriots team and their head coach, Bill Belichick.
Belichick stands to become the first head coach ever to appear in six (6) Super Bowls, and with a victory over Seattle, can become the only coach to ever win four (4) of them.
In addition, New England Quarterback Tom Brady will be making his record-breaking sixth start in a Super Bowl, and if he wins, he will join the elite ranks of NFL legends Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana with four victories in pro football’s biggest game. Read more…
I spend a lot of time talking about what makes HR professionals fail, but I have strong opinions on the key attributes that make human resources leaders successful.
Here are four (4):
1. Great HR leaders are dependable and reliable
Everybody wants innovative and disruptive until you actually give them innovative and disruptive. Then they want steady and trustworthy. Read more…
People are promoted because they’re good at their jobs. Being in a leadership position is a very different job, for which most are not trained.
Why they’re not trained is a bit of a mystery. It’s as though colleges and professional schools don’t expect their graduates to move beyond the entry level.
Interestingly, well-intentioned managers, doing their best to be good organizational leaders, often repeat unhelpful supervisory practices experienced in their early careers, even if they disliked them at the time. Read more…