Street Level Influencer: Get to Know Kirk Hamsher

“Yes, in all my research, the greatest leaders looked inward and were able to tell a good story with authenticity and passion.” – Deepak Chopra In my last blog post, I wrote about the power of the Street Level Influencer. I argue that some of the most impactful people in our lives are right inContinue reading “Street Level Influencer: Get to Know Kirk Hamsher”

Street Level Influencers: HR Superstars Behind the Scenes!

 “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe In a recent HR Philosopher post, I discuss the importance and power of a “street level influencer.” I came up with the idea after remembering the concept of a “street level bureaucrat.” The term was coinedContinue reading “Street Level Influencers: HR Superstars Behind the Scenes!”

Happy HR Professionals Day! Protect Your Inner Citadel

“Our vocation can nourish our understanding and compassion, or erode them.” – Thich Nhat Hanh September 26th is HR Professionals Day! I am a proud HR professional, and want to share some quick thoughts – Jack Handey style! This week I read the amazing Kyra Matkovich’s HR Shenanigans Blog post, HR Chose Me. Kyra isContinue reading “Happy HR Professionals Day! Protect Your Inner Citadel”

HR, Kindness, and Being a Street Level Influencer

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.” – Seneca I was scrolling through LinkedIn the other day when I saw a video of a young kid being cheered on by his classmates when attempting to break a wooden plank with a karate kick. He kept failing. As the child struggled,Continue reading “HR, Kindness, and Being a Street Level Influencer”

The Importance of Spontaneity in D&I

A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves. – Lao Tzu Indianapolis is a hidden gem, I believe. When discussing up and coming or unique urban centers, I rarely hear people discuss Indy. It has everything you’d wantContinue reading “The Importance of Spontaneity in D&I”

I Used to Wear My Shirt in the Pool: Don’t Let Others Steal Your Self-Worth

What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create. – Buddha Quick side note: In my last #HRPhilosopher blog post, I discussed one of my favorite bands ever, Killswitch Engage. Their new album dropped yesterday, and if you’re of the heavier musical persuasion, I highly recommend taking a listenContinue reading “I Used to Wear My Shirt in the Pool: Don’t Let Others Steal Your Self-Worth”

Silence is Acceptance: HR Cannot Avoid Talking about Mental Health

“I see myself in you, I know you can make it through.” – I Am Broken Too by Killswitch Engage, Lyrics by Jesse Leach There is always more going on behind the veil. I was 18 years old when I first heard Killswitch Engage. 2002 was a strange time in heavy music history. Nu metalContinue reading “Silence is Acceptance: HR Cannot Avoid Talking about Mental Health”

So You’ve Ruined Your Life: Embrace It

“A blazing fire makes flame and brightness out of everything that is thrown into it.” – Marcus Aurelius One of my favorite shows of all time is the Simpsons. I am juuuuust young enough (or old enough) where I don’t remember a time that the show hasn’t been on TV. I grew up with it,Continue reading “So You’ve Ruined Your Life: Embrace It”

The Vinegar Tasters, Pooh Bear, and HR: Willy, Nilly, Silly, Old HR

“The further one goes, the less one knows.” ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching  “The world belongs to those who let go.” ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching My parents divorced when I was a little boy of only seven years. It came suddenly and out of nowhere, at least to me. My three brothersContinue reading “The Vinegar Tasters, Pooh Bear, and HR: Willy, Nilly, Silly, Old HR”