Posts Tagged Relationships
Marla: “Did you know that Sally is sleeping with Gregg?”
Todd: “I heard that. How long has this been going on?”
Marla: “Not sure. Jeff?”
Jeff: “I have no idea but I do know they are a couple.”
Karen: “No kidding. Have you noticed how Sally recently is going on business trips with Gregg for no business reason.”
Jeff: “It depends on how you define business.”
You can’t get to performance without people.
Often, we seek out new leadership models, new approaches to innovation, new decision-making frameworks in organizations in hopes that we will help our people do their work smarter, faster, more effectively. Often, we do so at great expense, and at great risk.
What we tend to overlook, however, is the role people play in performance.
We are approaching Valentine’s Day and the risks that go with it.
Of course, everyone should know that it is inappropriate to send a card with a sexual or suggestive message. This is particularly problematic where there is a power disparity, but it is not limited to such occasions.
Something has been truly puzzling to me lately. In the swirl of events, there seems to be a larger and larger focus on upheaval and dismay versus anything positive. I am not naive and ache for the constant wave of tragedy that fills every form of media. Honestly I do take time to step away and reflect just to break the pattern.
There was a time when it was quite common for individuals to find their spouses (or partners) in the workplace. Indeed, this still happens today, although perhaps less so.
Last year I read about a super bloom in California.
This super bloom came after years of drought, and if not for the fact that this very topic came up in conversation several times in the context of work, it would have just been one of those unique stories that got buried in a year full of them.
The holiday season has come to an end. You might be all partied out, but your calendar says otherwise. It’s time to start networking again.
As another year comes to an end, I’ve seen sentiments ranging from “good riddance” to “thank goodness that’s over.” We have been surrounded by news of violence, turmoil, political upheaval, personal failure, on-going war and massive natural disasters. That isn’t the only news about what is going on, but it’s all that fills the airwaves and social media.
Getting a new boss and coworkers can be overwhelming for new HR professionals – and seasoned ones too. There are certain expectations and emotions people feel when they land that job and over time they are either met or found elsewhere. In your organization, while you might not have direct contact with your boss on a day to day basis, it is still important that you both learn certain things about each other, professionally and personally.
The other day, I was scrolling through Facebook, and I get a notification that my friend and college roommate tagged me. He shares very openly some pretty major challenges in his life (depression, losing his house and belongings in a fire. You know, THAT kind of major). Then he says “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the following:”, listing a number of people, including me.
Two things hit me instantly:
Our world, and our lives, seem like they are nothing but an endless chain of distractions. Items rarely catch our attention for more than mere seconds at a time. If fact, it's a bit ironic to write this observation on a blog that may get read and possibly shared, liked or retweeted - but only for a moment.
Two years ago, my wife and I were blessed with not one, but two little bundles of joy. As they grow and develop, I am coming to believe that I am learning as much from them as they are from my wife and I. It got me to thinking about my job in HR, and how I have evolved as a professional and as a leader.
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what it means to be a strategic HR partner, leader and influencer. I’m a department of one, and I strongly believe that the key to success is investing in relationships. The combination of being trustworthy and invested, along with really knowing your stuff, makes you both a subject matter expert and also a partner that folks in your organization will want in their corner.
Does the workplace have a love/hate relationship with HR?
It’s a profession with the best intentions and the worst stereotypes. It’s often misunderstood. HR is responsible for every aspect of an organization’s most valuable asset—its workforce—and the pressure is always on. In their efforts to be credible, competent and compliant, human resource professionals can sometimes come across as being very inhuman.