Precedent, Past Practice, and Exceptions to Your Rules


This is another kitchen sink case. An employee sued his former employer under the ADA, FMLA, state law and other claims asserting discrimination, failure to accommodate, retaliation, interference and denial of leave.

The employee had a brain tumor and epilepsy. The employer had a policy prohibiting “excessive” absenteeism. Upon his initial diagnosis, the employer provided the employee with a medical leave of absence and exercised leniency by not issuing corrective action for other, related absences. The employer did advise him that his attendance would be monitored and he could be subject to corrective action...


How to Prepare for (and Crush!) a Panel Interview


Interviews are stressful, but a panel interview can be even more unnerving with all the dynamics at play.

In this video, Self Made Millennial Madeline Mann will reveal the No.1 mistake people make while providing expert advice on how to prepare for and confidently crush any panel interview. 


Originally posted on the Self Made Millennial YouTube channel



Chief of Everything Else


Over the past few years, and especially in 2020, top leaders have been challenged by health crises, social justice issues and economic troubles. The C-suite has had to expand their traditional roles of finance, operations or marketing to take on new responsibilities and learn new skills. Alignment and collaboration have been key to addressing remote work; employee well-being; non-diverse leadership pipelines; environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals; culture transformation; and even real estate planning. 

“A CEO and leadership team must be fully committed to owning the changes as an aligned team,” said ...


Hiring Employees for the First Time? Here’s What You Need to Know


One of the most difficult things about running your own business is knowing when it is time to hire employees and how to do so. If your business has until now been carried out solely by yourself or a pair/group of cofounders, making the jump from “self-employed” to “employer” can feel daunting.

Here is everything that you need to know if you are considering hiring other members of staff for your company for the first time.

Make Sure You Can Afford to Pay Employees

Of course, the first thing to work...


How to Use Anger to Make You a Better Leader



The things I regret in life are mostly associated with anger.

Do want:

No one complains, “I’m furious. This steak is cooked perfectly.”

Anger is useful when it looks beyond ‘don’t like’ to ‘do want’.

Anger is harmful when it festers into blame, inaction, and bitterness.

Anger reflection:

Reflect on something or someone that makes you angry. Sink into that feeling. Describe what makes you angry.

People that make me angry are…

  1. Self-centered.
  2. Arrogant.
  3. Unhelpful.
  4. Know-it-alls.
  5. People with hidden agendas.
  6. People who play office politics unethically.
  7. Pushy.
  8. Angry.
  9. Lazy.
  10. Emotional. (Outbursts and
  11. ...

What Do Leaders Fear More Than Anything Else?



Leaders don’t fear failure. Failure is part of the job description when you accept any position in leadership. You are put in a position of making decisions and to date, no leader is one hundred percent on making good decisions! So, no, leaders don’t fear failure.

Losing? I mean, the best leaders I know hate losing. They hate losing almost more than anything else in life. In my experience as an HR and TA leader, the biggest reason I’ve seen leaders fail is they were too soft on losing....


HR: You're More Than a Fire Extinguisher



A fire extinguisher is an active fire protection device used to extinguish or control small fires, often in emergency situations. [Source: Wikipedia]

OK, so where am I going with this?

Well, we should all be familiar with the purpose and importance of having a functioning fire extinguisher in our homes and in our workplaces. What we know about them include:

  • We usually know where they are if we need them.
  • They are available if needed for an emergency.
  • While we all need to have them in the vicinity, most hope
  • ...

Positive for Pot – No Defense Under the ADA


An employee (firefighter) is put on a last chance agreement for off-duty conduct. The agreement specified that the employee would be subject to mandatory random drug testing and could be subject to termination if he tested positive for “a controlled substance.” Nearly two years later, he tells some coworkers that he is thinking about applying to obtain a state certificate for authorized use of medical marijuana to help him with his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Despite some coworkers telling him that was not a good idea and unbeknownst to them,...


Respond Instead


If I asked you how your day was going, how would you answer? I’m 99.9 percent sure you’d easily say “Good” or “Fine” because it’s polite and expected. The person being asked is hoping with all that’s in them that these one-word retorts will placate the inquisitor enough that they’ll move on. We say these responses because it is the norm of a shallow acknowledgment as humans. We may care how the other person is when we greet them, but chances are we care “ish.”

You see, far more daunting and important...


5 Challenges Facing CHROs At Midsize Companies Today


Breakthrough innovators (intuitively or consciously) apply the ALIEN framework, which stands for: attention,  levitation, imagination, experimentation and navigation. 

ALIEN thinking provides a blueprint to escape conformity and to devise truly breakthrough solutions to important problems. There are five strategies that must be considered in turn: 

  • Attention is the act of focusing hard on a particular context or population to understand its dynamics and latent needs. 
  • Levitation is the act of stepping back or “decentering” in order to expand and enrich your understanding. Having gathered insights into the realities of a situation, need or challenge, you need space to  make sense of
  • ...