From Telescopes to Microscopes, Great Leaders Need it All


I have written before about for what I write here.  Once again I give credit to my pastor and friend, , for helping me think about leadership in a different and descriptive manner.  Today’s post will look at the differing types of vision that leaders need to have in order to be successful.  I enjoy learning from others and try to always give credit where it is due. To David I say “thank you” once more.



#Nextchat: Ebola and the Workplace

The Ebola virus has reared its ugly head inside the U.S. and is spreading at an unknown rate due to the nature of its incubation period. While guidance is available from the CDC and other health organizations, it is not entirely clear that we know everything about how the disease may be transmitted.

The “facts” and updates change hourly, so, by the time you see this post, these will have changed again.

If the virus continues on its current path, workplaces will be significantly affected. It’s important for HR and other organizational leaders to have a plan in place for how...


World Serious: HR Lessons from Baseball


It’s time for HR to step up to the plate—and take a few lessons from baseball.

Beyond the obvious—that HR professionals, like baseball players, do best when they work closely as teams—there are additional baseball practices that can HR leaders can emulate:

METRICS: The book and movie “Moneyball” demonstrated the value of using data to gain competitive advantage. Baseball managers study opposing hitters’ tendencies and shift the positions of their fielders for optimal results. They have reams of data about which of their batters have the best chances against the opponents’ pitchers.

HR teams must identify, gather and crunch...


#Nextchat: Domestic Violence and the Workplace


On February 15, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punched his fiancée Janay Palmer in the face so hard that it knocked her out cold. It was recorded on a hotel surveillance video, and by now we’ve all seen it.

The NFL’s handling of the incident has prompted a torrent of questions and debate about how domestic violence should be handled by employers, regardless of size or prominence. 

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey “The Workplace Impact of Domestic and Sexual Violence and Stalking” reports that only 35 percent of organizations have a formal workplace policy regarding...


#Nextchat: Smoke of a Different Kind


Back in March, we chatted with employment attorney Christine Walters about Marijuana in the Workplace. This week we’ll be chatting about smoke of a different kind.

Electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes or e-cigs, are an alternative to traditional tobacco smoking. E-cigarettes produce a vaporized liquid that’s inhaled and provide a similar sensation to smoking. The liquids used to produce the vapor come in various flavors and may contain nicotine.

Recently, e-cigarettes and regular tobacco smokers are getting more attention as states pass laws and organizations pass policies regarding their presence...


Executive Book Club: September 2014

This book has been Approved for Recertification Credit. After reading this approved book, you must complete a quiz on SHRM’s E-Learning platform. When you purchase this book from the SHRMStore, you will receive a code that you can use to cover the cost of the quiz. Receive a 70% or better score on the quiz and you will then receive a certificate of completion with the program ID that entitles you to 2.5 GENERAL credit hours. Use this Program ID to log your credits. For a complete list of the books approved for credit, visit the Approved Books List. Learn...


Post-Pregnancy Discrimination?


Q: When is an employee who is not pregnant and not trying to become pregnant still covered under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)?

A: When she recently gave birth.

The PDA amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, covers employers with 15 or more employees and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.

Now here's the case. An employee returns


Here's the wrong way to deliver FMLA notices to employees

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

But, if you send FMLA paperwork to an employee by first class mail, then you're asking for trouble.

I'll show you why after the jump...

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Did you read the lede and think to yourself, "FMLA notice? You mean there's a notice? You mean, like in our handbook right?"

Ah newbie. There's still hope for you. I have an FMLA PowerPoint. Just email me and I'll get you started on the right track.

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