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Driving Business Success: Limiting How Much We Look Back


Since I’ve been working from my home office the last few years, it strikes me that I don’t drive much anymore.  Well, I drive to the airport a fair bit, but day-to-day driving is a thing of my past.  I was thinking about it because I have young teens who are already anxiously focused on learning how to drive.  When we are in the car, they ask tons of questions about how the car works, what the driving laws are, how...


Before You Terminate the Chief Officer

You undoubtedly already have a set of procedures you follow at terminations. That’s good.  You should.

But I’ve noticed over the years in many companies that at the point when the board or the CEO gets fed up with an executive and wants them terminated, even regular termination procedures are often abandoned. That’s not good. You shouldn’t!

Executives are not like the rest of us! They have to be treated differently, even – maybe especially – at termination.

Here are a few things to remember.

  1. The Executive Agreement
  2. ...

How to Cultivate Your Professional Development from Day One



Congratulations! You’ve finished that degree program, wrapped up your amazing internship, and have made it through the rounds of resume writing and interviews to land your first professional human resources position. While you start to get in the swing of things and apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to real world situations, many of us start to wonder, what’s next? How do we continue to add new skills to our professional toolbox? While there is no “one size fits all” solution, try a few different tactics to see what...


The Growing Wave of Eldercare – Employees will Need Support and Flexibility


It has come to this: Someone stole more than $100,000 from my mother’s checking account. Someone else stole her purse, including all of her identification. And the federal government has cut off her Social Security payments. The Unites States is no longer a good place to grow old.

My mother is 92 years old and suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. She is living in an assisted living facility in Northern Virginia. She has the benefit of a son who lives less than an hour away and who spends a...


#Nextchat: Improving the Employee Experience with HR Technology



HR professionals are continually challenged by their CEOs and CFOs to find ways to increase efficiency while providing better communication, faster service and a more positive experience for employees.

HR is responding by making significant investments in technology to revolutionize every aspect of the employee life cycle.

Technology now influences nearly every aspect of an employee’s workplace experience, which allows employers to better hire, train, manage, coach, evaluate and engage workers.

New HR mobile apps now allow workers to rate their peers and to deliver instantaneous, honest and truly anonymous...


Under-Represented Youth and the Social Organization

iUrban Teen and the White House Celebration of My Brother’s Keeper Anniversary

“I'm so proud of iUrban Teen and other ‘career accelerators’ for underrepresented youth. We're guiding the next talent pipeline and developing great citizens. What an honor to be at the White House for the third time!" – Deena Pierott, iUrban Teen founder and White House Champion of Change for Technology Inclusion

In 2011, I worked with a few others on a generational diversity study and, through that, was invited to be a part of the White House Champions of Change program. A few months after adding the event to my LinkedIn...


Be Heard !!

This past week, I had the opportunity to participate in something that still seems surreal. I spent a few days in Cleveland, Ohio during the Republican National Convention. It was an incredible spectacle, and it was hard to take it all in.

I was fortunate to be participating as part of the SHRM Board of Directors and the SHRM A-Team. We met with great HR pros to discuss a look ahead on how the upcoming election affected workplaces, HR and employees. If you didn’t know, SHRM attends both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. They don’t take a political...


Convention Week #2: One Week Down, and One Week Closer to Election Day

Convention Week #2: One Week Down, and One Week Closer to Election Day

Well HR friends, the general election season is definitely here. You received very cool on the ground posts from the SHRM/CFGI family last week, giving you the inside scoop on all the activity and content from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. And now I bet you have a lot to think about as the events kick off in Philadelphia today for the Democratic National Convention. You hopefully noticed that workplace public policy issues – particularly those highlighted in the SHRM CFGI Principles for a 21st Century Workplace - were...


Wow! Why Corporate Cultures Are So Hard to Change

I was coaching an HR executive recently, when I expressed that they should consider help with corporate culture. 

He said, “What?”

I said, “You’ll need help changing a company culture.”

The question was asked in exasperation, “Rue, why is culture so hard to change?”

I smiled while I thought of an answer. My long-winded answers usually come with analogies. I liked this one, so I just thought I would share it.

I said to the HR exec:

Individuals make up families and we all have personalities and habits....


HR Networking: Pay it Forward #SHRM16


It’s been about 30 days since about 14,000 of us (give or take a few) made the trek back from SHRM’s 2016 annual conference.  In one way it seems hard to believe it’s been that long.  On the flip side, it seems a distant memory.  I am left, however with a strong yet gentle reminder of the warmth and spirit of collegiality.  I am reminded to learn from others who so readily share their knowledge, experience and expertise.  The generosity of others reminds me to pay it...