Category: Leadership

May 11

The Rules for Being Funny… or Serious

Here it is in a nutshell: There are no rules. I’m sorry if you expected more than that, but anyone who professes to know a one-size-fits-all definition for each band of the humor spectrum is lying or misguided at best. It is usually a matter of situation and timing for something to be found funny. …

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Oct 08

Consultants – Part 2: When and How To Engage

There is a time and place for everything. Hiring an external consultancy is no exception. By the very nature of being “external” these consultants bring valuable insight into the company and make solutions happen. They do not perform this function by stepping in and taking charge. They have the expertise to do this, but their …

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Sep 11

Workplace Taboo Part III – Religious Expression

We already learned that Americans misinterpret their freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment. Outside of state law and case law, the Constitution only prohibits the Federal Government from passing laws abridging that freedom. The same could be said of our religious freedoms that are often taken for granted. The government cannot pass laws …

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Aug 31

Reviewing This Week on Make HR Happen – Doing It Caveman Style

A friend of mine told me that I should liven up my blog posts. “You are a very funny guy, Tom. You should let some of that come through when you write.” I think that I have now sufficiently bored him to the point that he doesn’t read my posts anymore, but the fact that …

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Aug 27

Human Resources Management: So Easy a Caveman Does It

It is fun to fantasize about the origins of modern business management originating in prehistoric times. The first time I heard the word “anachronism” was while studying Shakespeare in high school when he wrote of a “striking clock” in Julius Caesar. Maybe that was setting the stage for believability that the Flintstones could have foot …

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