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Killing Anxiety at Work

“There is anxiety, but it comes after you’ve finished filming because it’s out of your hands; people are editing it, they’re cutting it, marketing it. And it’s… part your career sort of rides on that. But when you’re actually filming it’s a team thing and it really feels good there for me.” ~Hugh Jackman

This quote by Hugh Jackman caught my eye.  Maybe because it mentions anxiety right from the start and I’m feeling anxious lately.  Maybe because he’s talking about the process of work and creation.  I’d like to think it...


The Way Forward on Migration – April 20, 2017


Hire [fill in the blank] First

Last week, nearly 1500 economists sent an open letter to President Trump and Congressional leaders extolling “the broad economic benefit that immigrants to this country bring”  and urging them to modernize the system – something CFGI has been advocating for over two decades. 

This week, President Trump issued an Executive Order entitled Buy American and Hire American, directing the agencies that “ in order to create higher wages and employment rates for workers in the United States, and to protect their economic...


People, Not Projects

In between games of the NBA playoffs this weekend and as I was digging through a couple of weeks of 'saved' items in my Feed reader, (anyone still using feed readers?), I came across a link to a Quora thread aiming to address the question 'What made Xerox PARC, (the legendary reseearch shop in Palo Alto), so special?'

One of the responses, from Alan Kay, offered eight reasons why PARC (and the earlier ARPA) were so effective, and in reading Kay's observations, I thought the first...


10 Things Your Employees Should Know About Social Security



Social Security is with you throughout life’s journey. Yet, most people don’t know about Social Security’s 80-plus-year legacy or all we have to offer. National Social Security Month is the perfect time to talk to your employees about some of the ways we help secure today and tomorrow.

1.     Social Security provides an inflation-protected benefit that lasts a lifetime. Social Security benefits are based on how long your employees have worked, how much they’ve earned, and when they start receiving benefits.

2.     Social Security touches the lives of nearly...


Dare to Be “Unethically Moral”- When Necessary

All of us have seen it by now- or at least it seems that way.  The infamous smart phone video of a not-so-willing volunteer forcibly removed from the United Airlines flight due to what many employees have now described as a “rules-based culture” gone overboard.  The rules in this case called for specific protocols that frankly did not make sense.   Many of us may readily declare that something this shocking would never happen in our organizations.  But ask yourself- is your organization’s culture that immune to set of ethics that may fly...


3 Things I’m Looking Forward to at the SHRM Talent Management Conference #SHRMTalent


In less than a week, I’ll be immersed with several hundred of my human resources & talent colleagues at the 2017 SHRM Talent Management Conference and Expo, here in my home city of Chicago.  I’m excited about the opportunity to attend, not only because it’s local and an easy trip to get there!  But, because this will be my first ever SHRM conference I’ll be attending.  That said, here’s 3 things I’m most looking forward to.

  1. Learning about the development and importance of digital in the workplace.   

From emerging...


Go “All In” at #SHRM17



There are times in our lives when we make a deliberate choice to give our best; to wholly dedicate ourselves to a project, cause or calling. A moment when we decide to go "all in" for who or what we believe in.

Professionally, this could mean continuing your education, venturing into a new industry or otherwise stretching yourself beyond your traditional boundaries. Personally, this could mean starting a family, moving across the country or world for a new opportunity, or taking some other risk...


What Are You Doing For Holocaust Remembrance Day Next Week?

Every year, I write a blog for SHRM on Holocaust Remembrance.    
This year, Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) is next week on April 24, 2017. 
During the Holocaust, more than 11 million human beings were systemically murdered.  Plus, millions more died in battle. That includes our brave military forces that sacrificed their lives to save the lives of others. 
Of course, every life is a universe. Every loss of innocent life matters equally. 
But, the Holocaust had a disproportionate effect on the Jewish...

One HR lesson from the United Airlines fiasco: Always act as if you are being recorded



Everyone is undoubtedly aware of what this fiasco is about. It made both national and international news. United Airlines suffered significantly in the stock market, dropping $1.4 BILLION after the event. What was the major catalyst for this loss and the resulting bad public relations? Video and social media! Twenty years ago this might not even have made the news. The man would have been removed, the plane would have been closed up and the flight taken. No one on the plane would have talked to a reporter, no one would...