Weeding Monet’s Garden



Claude Monet was a French Impressionist painter born in 1840. Readers are probably familiar with his paintings of water lilies. One of the unique attributes of Monet’s work was that he painted the same scene in different lighting – whether it be a different time of day or a different season. I had the great fortune of visiting the Jardins de Monet in the French hamlet of Giverny, about an hour outside Paris. For any fan of Impressionist painting, it’s a pilgrimage worth making.

I spent several hours immersed in the...


We Can Honor Our Fallen Veterans Through Equal Parts Somber Reflection and Celebration



Over the years I’ve often been asked: “What’s the correct way to celebrate Memorial Day, and, is the word celebrate even the right word?  Should we be somber and reflective, or happy and celebratory because of all we have to be thankful for?”  To this I’d emphatically respond with: “Yes”- you should be both, wholeheartedly.      

I’ve lost many friends and fellow veterans through the years.  Some of them gave their lives in battlefields thousands of miles away, and others have lost their lives right here at home.  A few...


Inclusion and Being Your Authentic Self


I have a strong passion for diversity & inclusion. My passion for this important subject is personal. For a quarter of my life, I was never comfortable in my own skin and felt like I was not my true self. I was pretending to be someone I wasn’t. Over a decade later, I couldn’t be happier. Why? Simply, I am my authentic self. Since being true to myself, I couldn’t have a better life. Sure, life has its ups and downs but it truly is so much easier when YOU ARE...


Bad Relationship with Your Boss? How to Fix it


A poor relationship with your manager can be detrimental: both in the work you produce and your quality of life. LaSalle Network COO, Maureen Hoersten, uncovers ways to get to the root of bad relationships at work, and tangible tips to repair them, including:

Signs you have a bad relationship with your manager:  

There are common signs your relationship may be less than healthy like disengagement and short communication. Ask yourself: has something changed? Are you getting less feedback or training as you did before, or is the opposite true and you’re suddenly being micromanaged?...


Considering Retirement But Getting Cold Feet?


I’ve been with the same company for the last 15 years and I’m nearing early retirement age. I always assumed I would welcome this but - like a dog finally catching that car it’s been chasing for years- now that the time has come, I'm getting cold feet. I feel like I’m financially ready, but my gut is telling me “Don’t do it yet”. My employer is supportive either way, although I sense some colleagues would welcome the promotion opportunities that would open up when I leave. What factors should I...


The Bottom Line on Community Engagement


Community engagement is one of those phrases we hear frequently. We share that we’re involved and that we give back, but what does this really mean for the bottom line of workforce management? After several years in the cyber security community I can tell you it means a lot, not only to your bottom line but also to your retention, recruitment, and training efforts.

When I talk about community engagement, I’m not talking about bake sales, but large-scale technical and information security organizations that are completely volunteer run and have existed...


HR Adventures in Wonderland – Inspiring Creativity and Innovation in your Workplace


Charles Ludwig Dodgson was born in England in 1832. In his twenties Charles wrote poetry and short stories. On May 4, 1842, Alice Pleasance Hargreaves Liddell was born in Oxford. In 1856, the two would meet. On a rowboat, Charles weaved fantastic stories sharing with Alice and her sisters. He went on to become Lewis Carroll and in turn, she became Alice in Wonderland.  There is a lot we can learn from Charles Dodgson – a.k.a. Lewis Carroll – about how to support others in building a successful career and inspire...