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26
May
2016

What are your biggest HR Pain Points?

What are your biggest HR Pain Points?

We had a fun time at #ALSHRM16 learning from some HR thought leaders. In keeping with our tradition to learn more, not onlyfrom the conference presentersbut also from attendees at the conference, we asked people to respond to the question, “What are your biggest HR pain points?” 

17
May
2016

4 Lessons Learned from a Week of Being Unplugged

4 Lessons Learned from a Week of Being Unplugged

As I wrote about earlier, I took a week long vacation, and vowed for the first time in five years to completely disengage from anything and everything work related. As we know, in our hyper-connected society, many of us have the ability and flexibility to work from anywhere in the world at anytime, and this can be a good and bad thing. In fact, while on my unplugging venture, reading this article about work/life imbalance and the workplace flexibility paradox stood out like a sore thumb. 

10
May
2016

Talent Management Strategy Lessons Learned from T-ball

Talent Management Strategy Lessons Learned from T-ball

If you have ever had a son or daughter play tee ball there is only one word that can describe it…chaos.  After being asked if I would coach tee ball this year my first thought was, “Lord, please give me the patience that I need to help teach the kids the game of baseball.”  My second thought was, “How can we go from chaos to controlled chaos with 11 five and six year olds running around?” Little did I know that a couple of weeks into the season I would be utilizing many of the management skills that I use on a day to day basis.

03
May
2016

How neuroscience is and will revolutionize HR

How neuroscience is and will revolutionize HR

In December of 2014, my then four-year-old son started having seizures. After three of them occurred in a short period of time, we went to see a pediatric neurologist who first did an electroencephalogram (EEG) to begin to identify the cause of the seizures so we could determine a course of treatment.

26
April
2016

7 Ways to Ensure You Take a True Vacation

7 Ways to Ensure You Take a True Vacation

I’m getting ready to go on vacation for a week. On Saturday, we will leave town for white sand and sun, and I will be leaving my computer at home. This will be the first time I’ve been on vacation since I started the business almost five years ago bound and determined to completely disconnect.

12
April
2016

4 Tips for Succeeding as a Woman in Male Dominated Career Field

4 Tips for Succeeding as a Woman in Male Dominated Career Field

With high aspirations to be an architect, I went to Auburn University and spent a year in the program before my professors told me what I already knew: I was not a good fit.  I switched to Building Science and found immediately that it had all the things that made me want to be an Architect and was a better fit for my interests and skills in organizing and scheduling activities in a sequence to reach a finished product. 

29
March
2016

Being a great leader is a lot like being a standout salesperson

Being a great leader is a lot like being a standout salesperson

Through involvement in a community group, I had the opportunity (or drudgery, depends on how you look at it, I guess) to sit through six companies presenting their “solution” to a need. After they were all done, it was obvious which company was the best. And everyone, meaning about ten people, who had heard the presentations, agreed. When was the last time you had ten people agree on something easily? Yeah, that’s what I thought; hard to think of a time when you have, right? 

22
March
2016

Why Communities Should Focus on Building Social Capital and How They Can Do It

Why Communities Should Focus on Building Social Capital and How They Can Do It

I drive within a 50-mile radius of my home quite often to meet with clients or potential clients. On one particular drive from one town to the next, the highway used to be lined with dozens of nursery wholesalers. Thousands upon thousands of trees, shrubs and plants used to grow along this stretch of the highway and many of the remnants of these nursery farms can still be seen.

Why would all of these nurseries locate side by side? Wouldn’t that increase the proximity of their competition, thus decreasing their potential sales?

17
March
2016

Career Assessments - The Key to Your Career

Career Assessments - The Key to Your Career

Career assessments are a great tool for determining your career path. Assessments can help build self-awareness and then link you with career options based on your talents, passions and values. Whether you are taking your first leap into the workforce, contemplating a college major or making a mid-career change, assessments are certainly a resource you should consider.

15
March
2016

6 People you need to Build Social Capital With

6 People you need to Build Social Capital With

As we round out a focus on social capital, here are the key people I believe we need to collaborate with in order to build.

08
March
2016

Social Capital How-To: 5 Steps to Build the #1 Competency You Should be Developing

Social Capital How-To: 5 Steps to Build the #1 Competency You Should be Developing

One competency you need to be building, regardless of who you are and what you do, is social capital. But creating a to-do list or development plan for building this competency is not something that comes naturally. For most, it’s like something that grows organically and exponentially once you do it. And to a large extent, this is true.

29
February
2016

3 Reasons why Social Capital should be the number 1 competency you are developing

3 Reasons why Social Capital should be the number 1 competency you are developing
Now, more than ever, you need to be developing social capital to bring your A game to work. Why?
23
February
2016

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY

Do you enjoy physics? Do you think medicine and dentistry are interesting? Are you an active listener who enjoys working with people?

If any of these things describe you, then Diagnostic Medical Sonography may be the career field that would make you tick.

16
February
2016

Don’t Network, Develop Your Social Capital

Don’t Network, Develop Your Social Capital

I find that the trouble most people have with “networking” boils down to two things: 

09
February
2016

Hitting the gym can benefit your career!

Hitting the gym can benefit your career!

I was in the gym the other day, trying to mind my own business while doing sit-ups (well attempting to do them), when I overheard a conversation between a personal trainer and the trainee. It went something like this: 

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