• The Gift of Rain

    I sat in the green tunnel shaped by the trees in my yard, under the cover of a deck awning listening to the sounds of the rain and the birds. The rain brought a fresh smell. The birds were frolicking among the tree branches and rain drops.

  • The Second Edition

    The revised and expanded edition of The Big Book of HR was published last month. Some of you are probably thinking, “Are you nuts to have taken on this endeavor?” Yes, no, not really!Anyone who manages people in today’s challenging world knows that it hasn’t gotten easier – just more complicated, and, for that matter, more interesting.  We revised The Big Book of HR to reflect some of the new realities leaders and managers face.

  • A Day in the Life

    At a Writers' Digest Conference Barbara and I attended, a writer (translate: someone who receives royalty checks on a regular, steady basis from writing) was asked what his day was like.  It went something like this: breakfast, take the kids to school, back to the home office to write for the morning, lunch, gym in the afternoon (a by-product of that, it increases endorphins) then into the office for a while.  Another writer talked about watching movies on TV.  ...

  • Thank You For Your Service.

    We just celebrated Memorial Day – the official start of the summer season.  School’s out or will be shortly, depending where you live.  Time to head to the beach and other outdoor activities.  However, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.  It was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.  ...

  • The Eye’s in Investigations

    The recent events in Washington surrounding the firing of FBI Director, James Comey, raised questions about the intent and integrity of ongoing investigations that the Bureau was actively conducting. While the average workplace investigation will generally not be the same size and scope of a government-led one, there are some similarities.Intent.  Understand the intent of an investigation. An investigation is a search or examination of the facts that are used to reach a conclusion.

  • What Brings You Joy?

    Over the winter holidays we were visiting a friend in Santa Fe, NM. When we arrived at her house, she presented us with a gift – a Nambe holiday ornament depicting the word “Joy.” As she handed it to us, she said, “We need to find more joy in our lives this year!”  Her words were particularly powerful to me, not because of the contentious election season we’d experienced and the divisiveness in the country, but because she’s a physician and she...

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Managing people is the most challenging part of any leader's day. And that job certainly is not getting any easier. The Big Book of HR will provide any HR professional, manager, or business owner of any size organization the information they need to get the most from their talent. It is filled with information on everything from the most strategic HR-related issues to the smallest tactical detail of how to manage people.