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”

Silence Is Acceptance: HR Cannot Avoid Talking About the Black Experience

“There can be no movement without friction.” – Marc Perry Nothing I say here is going to be new. It isn’t going to be earth shattering. It isn’t going to be profound. But it is all something that I need to say. I had wrote an article about how silence is acceptance when it comesContinue reading “Silence Is Acceptance: HR Cannot Avoid Talking About the Black Experience”