How Do You Become an Authentic Leader?


Leaders are increasingly engaging in fierce competition over their companies’ very identities. At risk is their ability to successfully manage their relationships with customers, investors, partners, employees and others due to the rapidly changing context for global business. The appearance and empowerment of new stakeholders, the emergence of a “flat world,” and the…

The 5 Things That Employees Hate to Hear From New Managers

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Leaders want to make their mark on operations, stamp their philosophical footprint on minds, leave their legacy on hearts and in hallways. They hope their leadership will be unique, profitable, and pleasant. These are understandable goals. All too often, however, they start out with similar comments — lines that set their employees up…

NYC’s “Ban the Box” Bill Puts Tough Limits On Criminal Records Checks

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On June 10, 2015, the New York City Council passed the Fair Chance Act by a vote of 45-to-5. The legislation prevents employers from inquiring about job applicants’ criminal arrests and convictions prior to hire. Employers will be permitted to make such inquiries after an applicant receives a conditional job offer but only provided…

SHRM Las Vegas 2: Yes, HR IS in the Human Nature Business


Deep thinkers expressing deep thoughts seem to be the standard fare for keynote presentations on Day 2 at the Society for Human Resource Management’s annual Conference & Exhibition. Last year, SHRM attendees heard New York Times columnist and best-selling author Tom Friedman on Day 2 in Orlando. He’s most famous for the book The World…

Where Cultural Change in an Organization Really Comes From


For many of us in business, company culture is both an essential and elusive element of a productive workforce. Culture influences everything: how an organization identifies and solves business problems, recovers from failures and thrives in times of success. It serves as a guiding force for employee behavior, shaping mindsets, attitude and effort….

What the Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision Means For the Workplace


OK, presumably I’m not the only employment lawyer trying to apply the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges to the employer-employee relationship. But, I can guarantee that this will be the best post you read about it today. In case you’re just returning from a long-weekend sojourn to Mars, on Friday, the Supreme…

What Does Real, Genuine Leadership Look Like?


“This may sound crazy, but it’s hard for us when someone turns down a raise,” That was a recent comment from the Board President at the University of Cincinnati. Not only that, but it’s the third year in a row the university chief, President Santa Ono, has donated his bonus. Since 2013, he has…

There Is No Talent or Skills Shortage if You Can Recruit Talent Away From Your Competitors


Recruiting is just like fishing. You may think that there is a shortage of fish, when the real problem is where you fish and what bait you use! I simply have to laugh when I hear CEOs and executives complain about the talent or skill shortages that their firm faces. I laugh because…