The Antidote to COVID

Friday September 18, 2020 comments

That doesn’t read COVID vaccine or COVID antibodies for a reason. This isn’t about medicine. An antidote isn’t something given to prevent a disease or something built up in an immune system in reaction to a disease. An antidote is given to neutralize a poison; to counteract. Not minimizing COVID here. I may have had it in February when I was diagnosed with pneumonia. I’ve known people who had mild cases, and I’ve known people who have been intubated and in the ICU for weeks. It’s a real thing. My issue isn’t the... Read More


Make Black Lives Really Matter

Monday August 3, 2020 comments

I’m old enough that I remember 1968. I wasn’t old enough then to grasp what was going on in the world. As an elementary school kid, it was just the way the world was when I was growing up, complete with constant nightly news about race riots, police brutality, tear gas, national guard… sound familiar? There was a great opportunity to address issues by seeking understanding. A lot of that was missed. Some well-meaning people used the political process to pass laws attempting to right the obvious wrongs. More compliance to laws may... Read More


When New Normal is Too Abnormal

Friday July 24, 2020 comments

It’s crazy out there. As communities and businesses reopen, partially open, reclose, and all the other variations of whatever “New Normal” is, there are a few things that are certain: Communities, customers, employees… all of us need business viability. Hopefully, most will make it through this. Unfortunately some haven’t and some won’t. People need jobs. Without vision, purpose, and income, people can become hopeless. The more desperate people become, the worse it is for our society. Businesses need customers,... Read More


Culture Clarification

Friday July 17, 2020 comments

I absolutely love helping organizations define their culture. Sometimes that’s precipitated by some kind of morale issue or dysfunction that points out a need to reset or even completely overhaul a culture that’s eroded to something entirely different from what the leader envisioned. More often than not though, the intended culture is just not defined well. That can be because: They’ve hired a Facilitator to lead them through a Strategic Planning Retreat where they created a mission statement that’s more like a detailed... Read More


Office Politics 2020

Friday July 10, 2020 comments

Some people want to force conversations about the elephant in the room. Some people want to behave like asses. And I’m not really addressing either political party as much as I am behaviors that seem to be commonplace in our society when it comes to how polarized we’ve become about everything.. We’ve still got 4 months until the election. You may feel so strongly about your candidate of choice that you want to try to persuade employees to vote your way. Conversely, with all the commercials, mailings, phone calls, and other... Read More


Hiring the Best - COVID Style

Thursday July 2, 2020 comments

In times of high uncertainty and high unemployment, you can get an overwhelming amount of responses from people who need a job - any job, and yours will do. Some of those could be people with skills you need. Some could be people with transferable skills. Some will not be able to give you the ROI you need from those you hire. How do you tell the difference? And how do you make determinations on who the best candidate is when interviewing in person may be challenging or impossible? How do you know who will want to go back to their prior... Read More


COVID - The Compliance Side

Friday June 26, 2020 comments

I’m not an attorney. I’m not giving legal advice. Typically, I focus on organizational culture. In my way of thinking, if your heart is in the right place, compliance with laws, regulations, and court rulings on topics such as discrimination, safety, sexual harassment, wage and hour laws and the myriad of other things regulating the employment relationship is easier and more powerful than forced compliance. Emphasizing how you want people treated in your workplace is way more motivating for your team than what you have to do to manage... Read More


Hire the Best and Avoid the Rest

Thursday June 18, 2020 comments

Unless you just need a generic person with a pulse and some skills, recruit someone who fits - who will value the same things your team values because they’re inherently wired the same way. While you should never make decisions based on illegal discrimination (sex, age, ethnicity, etc.), you should be very discriminating in selecting the people who you’re trusting your vision, resources, reputation, customers, and future to. The right hire can make your vision come true; the wrong one can turn it into a nightmare. Follow these 7... Read More


Help! I Hired the Wrong Person

Thursday June 11, 2020 comments

Help! I Hired the Wrong Person! Unemployment is very high, but not as high as it was a month ago. The employment market is picking up. Still, there are people who want a job and any job will do - like a job you need to fill. I'm in business to help organizations find solutions. BUT, I would much prefer to prevent all that by creating solutions in advance that help organizations find people who will get their mission, see their vision, and live their values. As a give-back, I enjoy helping people make transitions, get closure, and... Read More


See the Future

Friday May 29, 2020 comments

You’re a leader. You’re expected to be visionary. So what happens when you constantly look at the future through the lens of what was? When we screen everything that's happening around us through the lens of what was, all we can see is constant change. When we look backward, we tend to glamorize the past. It becomes the good old days which the now and the future is contrasted with. In doing so, we fail to be visionary. We fail to see the "new." We see the "now," but rather than seeing it as new, we see it as change. ... Read More



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