How to Terminate an Employee

There are a lot of people who cringe at the thought of terminating someone. And when I say terminating – I mean firing. Not a layoff because in most cases, employees don’t have control over a layoff decision. My philosophy is employees play an active role in the decision to get themselves fired.

That’s why I never (let me repeat that) never feel bad about terminating an employee. Because I didn’t tell them to do whatever they did to get themselves terminated.  I didn’t tell them to show up late for work.  I didn’t tell them to surf porn...


Collective Leadership: Getting Everyone Involved

Today’s companies recognize that every individual on their team is important and that their contributions have an impact on the company as a whole. At the same time, in the age of big data, more information is widely available to all stakeholders, shaking up the traditional, top-down communication style. These changes bring about a state of collective leadership – where individuals can easily collaborate to make decisions that improve performance, at both the personal and business-wide level.

Organizations that embrace the idea of collective leadership early on will be more strategic and agile, fostering an open and collaborative...


#Nextchat: What's the Real Deal on Resumes?

In today’s competitive job market, the importance of crafting a resume that’s clear, concise and compelling is more important than ever.  It’s the critical, first step to getting a foot in the door,  and it's imperative that job seekers get this part right.  Errors, omissions and confusing language will jeopardize the likelihood of an interview -- and so will a dated resume style.

Incorporating the latest developments in resume design conveys acumen of the latest business and workforce trends.  This is desirable in any industry.

So Many Questions

  • Should I create a headline, a summary or
  • ...

Marissa Mayer's Big Play for Good Reason

At the risk of adding to my reputation as yesterday’s man, I’m fully supporting Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s ban on working from home. Frankly, there aren’t many of us out there applauding this controversial big play. Several journalists, tech pundits, and business leaders have called her gambit regressive, old-school thinking, anti-family, and a giant step backward. However, none of the naysayers seem to realize that she is faced with a turnaround situation. Ms. Mayer was hired away from Google to reverse four years of eroding revenue. Radical change is required. To fulfill any turnaround mandate, a leader has no choice...


Leading when Change is on the Menu

Who among us hasn’t dealt with the need to implement and manage change?  Whether focusing on a large-scale organizational change or a small-scale “in my department” adjustment, every leader is faced with the responsibility to execute and manage change.

Some of us become excited and energized by the possibilities while others are much more hesitant and, quite frankly, terrified.  No matter the initial reaction we realize the importance of the tasks ahead of us as well as the need to “lead the change” by bringing others along with us on the journey.  Quite often we characterize this move...



It is hard to believe another season of Downton Abbey is over. Of course, Downton Abbey refers to a property, at least technically. But it is obviously much more than just that. It is about the family who lives there and the changing times.

Perhaps less obvious, it is also about an employer. As Dowager Countess of Grantham so emphatically pointed out, among the responsibilities of the aristocrats is to provide jobs. And jobs they do provide.

In a very real sense, the family are like the owners of any business. Or, at least, the members of the C-suite....


#Nextchat: Finding HR's Voice

Thomas Jefferson once said, "America is not governed by the majority, but by the majority of those who participate."

Jefferson's belief about the impact political advocacy had on Government 200+ years ago still rings very true today. That's why SHRM has embarked on a 5-year initiative to establish the SHRM Advocacy Team; a network of SHRM member advocates throughout all 435 congressional districts across America.

It’s important that HR pros have a dialogue with their elected officials.

As an advocate for the HR community, you can keep your elected...


#Nextchat RECAP: The Tangled Web of HR and Recruiting

On February 27, SHRM @WeKnowNext chatted with Nisha Raghavan (@TheHRBuddy) about the topic: "The Tangled Web of HR and Recruiting."

In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat:







The Next Shift in Collective Leadership

It’s important that we surround ourselves with others that can encourage and inspire us to see things from a different perspective. We’ve heard folks tell us that “It’s lonely at the top.” We’ve had discussions with many leaders who have shared their personal stories of feeling lonely, and that they were the ones who took on the bulk of what happens in our organizations because it seemed as if no one else cared as much as they cared.

But isn’t leadership really more about inspiring others to become a part of the process? Isn’t it more about team-building...