Intern hiring season is upon us: Are you prepared?

Posted by on February 22, 2016
Intern hiring season is upon us: Are you prepared?
Intern hiring season is upon us. Student interns require an investment in time and training. I'm a big advocate of hiring interns for your organization: in fact, I wrote a book for students explaining what companies want and need from interns, and am finalizing another book to help companies manage and grow their internship programs. An article in PR Daily: 3 ways hiring marketing interns…continue reading →

Cam Newton: A Test of Leadership

Posted by on February 12, 2016
Cam Newton: A Test of Leadership
A Lesson for Cam Newton and His Generation Cam Newton Walked Out On Super Bowl Interview It's not always what you say, it's how you say it. The media, sports fans, parents and pretty much everyone else went nuts this week when Cam Newton said: You show me a good loser and I'm going to show you a loser. What the media neglected…continue reading →

5 Steps for Creating a D&I Leadership Coalition of Support

Posted by on February 1, 2016
5  Steps for Creating a D&I Leadership Coalition of Support
Leaders often talk great, but walk poorly. Last week I had an opportunity to speak via a live webinar to group of about 100 HR professionals on Building Your Diverse and Inclusive Organization.  We had a spirited dialogue over many of the topics and points discussed. I was extremely appreciative that this group truly opened their minds and were ready and willing…continue reading →

5 Failure Points that Destroy Diversity Initiatives

Posted by on January 25, 2016
5 Failure Points that Destroy Diversity Initiatives
How do your current and future employees view you? Employer branding is how companies position themselves to be an employer of choice: the company current and future employees want to work for. The employer has an active strategy and campaign to demonstrate and communicate the benefits of working for their organization. Employer branding is not a new concept in the world of…continue reading →

Stop the Crap… Address the 5 Great Failure Points of Diversity

Posted by on January 20, 2016
Stop the Crap… Address the 5 Great Failure Points of Diversity
It’s 2016 and there are still questions regarding the effectiveness and relevance of Diversity Programs. I would love to blast the Harvard Business Review article Diversity Policies Don’t Help Women or Minorities, and They Make White Men Feel Threatened, but the challenge and concerns expressed by the authors are real: Currently, diversity initiatives’ strongest accomplishment may actually be protecting the organization from…continue reading →

War for Talent Fuels Program Hiring: interview with Marv Russell

Posted by on January 7, 2016
War for Talent Fuels Program Hiring: interview with Marv Russell
I was honored to be interviewed for SHRM’s article: War for Talent Fuels Program Hiring – Companies find positions for new hires after making offers (excerpt) Employers take on risk, too. High-potential recruits can get poached by the competition. New hires may decide that they are not happy in a chosen field or location. Or sometimes their expectations are too high. Marv…continue reading →

What is HR’s role in preventing workplace violence?

Posted by on December 20, 2015
What is HR’s role in preventing workplace violence?
What is HR’s role in preventing workplace violence? HR can’t prevent workplace violence… but we can and must train our employees to be prepared for the worst, and hope it never happens.I personally have used the active shooter training offered by the NYC police department. While many managers felt this was an over-reaction, the constant barrage of these incidents have…continue reading →

HR’s Role to Ignite Diversity and Inclusion Change

Posted by on November 17, 2015
HR’s Role to Ignite Diversity and Inclusion Change
Beyond Mizzou: What is Human Resource's Role?  In the aftermath of the University of Missouri leadership's resignations after student's unanswered protest of racial discrimination, Dana Wilkie, contributor to the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) published an interesting article asking a key question, What Might HR Have Done Differently? I suggest 5 “Impact Zone” action items to jumpstart what HR professionals can proactively do…continue reading →

Affecting Real Diversity Change Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult: Lessons from Mizzou

Posted by on November 16, 2015
Affecting Real Diversity Change Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult: Lessons from Mizzou
Affecting real diversity and inclusion change does not have to be difficult  What does it take for us to learn that diversity and inclusion and elimination of cultural bias and racism begins with leadership from the top of any organization? The University of Missouri and (soon ex-)President Tim Wolfe have learned the ultimate lesson in the power of diversity and…continue reading →