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Pick a Fight!

We tend to segment our organizations: by generation, by department, by location, by tenure.

Our organizations have employees and managers and executives who are drawn together by the purpose of the companies we represent... We all want the same things: success and happiness. We are all far more similar than survey data tends to reveal.

We Can Do This.... because we can!

Stop: Fighting among yourselves!
We compete against the marketplace and our competitors, why do we feel it necessary to fight among ourselves? Friendly competition in the...

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The HR Event Every CEO Should Attend

 

There is one HR event I would like every CEO to attend: SHRM’s Volunteer Leaders’ Summit, an annual meeting of our most active and engaged volunteers. Representing over 600 chapters and state councils across the country, these dedicated individuals provide local programming, networking and professional development. They are passionate about our profession, and they understand that HR must drive business outcomes.

Click here to learn why I believe this phenomenal event would help any CEO better understand our profession’s value proposition....

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The FINALE: The Holiday Tale by the Jewish Guy Who Wears a Chai

 

For the past two years, I have told you the story about the "Jewish Guy Who Wears a Chai."  I am retelling the final version of the story this year, but with some additional information.  Here we go!

You walk into your building, and you see that holiday decorations are everywhere.  You pass by a beautiful pine Christmas tree elegantly decorated.  A co-worker responds:  “The tree is inappropriate to the workplace.”

Segal:  WRONG.  It is beautiful; Christmas can and should be acknowledged (says the Jewish guy who wears his grandmother’s Chai).  By the way,  Chai means “life” in Hebrew. ...

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I Love Sports References in the Workplace

 

While everyone is talking about employee engagement and company culture, I would like to address the all-important use of sports references in the workplace. It’s what I know and what I love to do. Whether we like it or not, there are many parallels between the work place and sports. Both have teams, coaches, managers, strategy, rules, and role players, just to name a few. So if we want to get rid of the references, we got a lot of work to do. 

For example, have you ever been asked to find those “A players?” You have used every...

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#Nextchat: Your Culture Stinks...But You Still Have to Hire!

 

We endlessly discuss, debate and dissect the topic of organizational culture; I myself tackled the subject just a few weeks ago. “Culture is the differentiator” we’re fond of saying. “To attract top talent we need to have an awesome culture!” we loudly proclaim from the rooftops. After all, as we learned via a report from The Institute for Corporate Performance (I4CP), the five domains of high performance organizations are: strategy, culture, leadership, talent, and market.

So culture - which is neither defined, owned or controlled by one person or one group - has become an HR buzzword. We talk about hiring for culture fit. We discuss brand culture with...

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Be a Builder !!

 

When I look at the vast field of HR, I have to say that I am swayed to the power of Culture more than other facets.  I truly believe that people decide to either stay at a company or leave it because of its culture.

Cultures vary with each company that exists.  In fact, you could even note that each department within a company has its own culture.  With so many different environments, it seems difficult to think that we keep trying a “one size fits all” approach and think that it will work.  There are too many factors...

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#Nextchat: HR's Holiday Hope and Headaches

December is a time to breathe a sigh of relief as we finish a year of accomplishments. The beautiful lights, music, decorations and parties create a fun and festive atmosphere as workplaces around the world celebrate multiple holidays. To quote a familiar holiday song, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” -- unless you’re in HR. 

Just about every HR professional has experienced both hope and headaches during the holiday season. The “fun” starts right around Thanksgiving when the cubicle decorations start...

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