Reflections on 2020, Perspective, and Hope

“Rebellions are built on hope.” Jyn Erso, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story As I write my final blog post for 2020, I wanted it to be a reflection on this past year. I assumed I’d write how horrible this year has been, and make no mistake, it has been a very challenging year. ForContinue reading “Reflections on 2020, Perspective, and Hope”

Networking as an Introverted HR Professional: How Stoicism Helped Me Overcome Distance

“You’ve been made by nature for the purpose of working with others.” Marcus Aurelius I’ve mentioned it many times in the past. I am an introvert. This does not mean, as many erroneously believe, that I dislike people. As a dedicated HR professional, I don’t believe I’d have gotten very far if I didn’t likeContinue reading “Networking as an Introverted HR Professional: How Stoicism Helped Me Overcome Distance”

Street Level Influencer: Meet Jane Murtaugh and Her Passion for HR Education

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela It’s been a while, but the Street Level Influencer is back! Now more than ever, we need reminders from those individuals at the ground level making an impact in our daily lives – many times without us knowingContinue reading “Street Level Influencer: Meet Jane Murtaugh and Her Passion for HR Education”

Street Level Influencer: Meet Anthony Eaton and His Passion for Leadership

“Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.” — Oprah It’s been a while, but the Street Level Influencer is back! Now more than ever, we need reminders from those individuals at the ground level making anContinue reading “Street Level Influencer: Meet Anthony Eaton and His Passion for Leadership”

HR Professionals Need Philosophy

“An important place to begin in philosophy is this: a clear perception of one’s own ruling principle.” – Epictetus My good friend and mentor, Erich Kurschat, recently forwarded me this article: 6 Lessons From Stoic Philosophy That Can Make Your Life Better Today Erich knows I am a big-time fan of Ryan Holiday, who hasContinue reading “HR Professionals Need Philosophy”

#HRMixedTape – Justice Through Metal Music Edition

“The only truth is music.” – Jack Kerouac I write a lot about music and how it influences my life in many ways. Heavy metal, in particular, has influenced me. It has helped me be a better person. It has helped me think more deeply about life, about social issues, about our shared humanity. AndContinue reading “#HRMixedTape – Justice Through Metal Music Edition”

Live Hard: What Are Your Professional Mission, Vision, and Values?

“Just that you do the right thing. The rest doesn’t matter.” – Marcus Aurelius Several years ago, I was deciding what I wanted to do when I grew up. The job I had was good, but something was missing. It didn’t feel like it was “it.” I had little to complain about, but I firmlyContinue reading “Live Hard: What Are Your Professional Mission, Vision, and Values?”

Taking Control of Mental Health: Acknowledge. Accept. Act.

“Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.” – Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones It’s been a few weeks since I sat down to type for the blog. A lot has been going on, personally and professionally! ForgiveContinue reading “Taking Control of Mental Health: Acknowledge. Accept. Act.”

Street Level Influencers: Local SHRM Chapters Are Fighting Racism in the Workplace

“When people show you who they are, believe them.” – Maya Angelou When I started my “Street Level Influencer” series, it was meant to showcase the power of HR professionals at the ground level. People on the frontline doing the work, making a meaningful impact, and not asking for much in return, other than theContinue reading “Street Level Influencers: Local SHRM Chapters Are Fighting Racism in the Workplace”

Obstacles Are the Ally’s Path: White America Knows What to Do

“Desperation, despair, fear, powerlessness – these reactions are functions of our perceptions. You must realize: Nothing makes us feel this way; we choose to give into such feelings. Or, choose not to.” – Ryan Holiday There are sayings that change us. Mantras we try to live by. Many of us use them to keep ourselvesContinue reading “Obstacles Are the Ally’s Path: White America Knows What to Do”