The Reason Positive Feedback Works

July 17, 2014

As a management training consultant, I talk to people about the power of positive feedback. It’s important to give employees both positive and constructive feedback. I think we all understand why. But I was chatting with a colleague of mine recently and he shared with me a training activity he’s using to actually show participants […]

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Managers Aren’t Prepared to Handle Today’s Realities and Tomorrow’s Challenges

July 15, 2014

If companies today are truly serious about being leaner, flatter organizations, with less hierarchical structure and less bureaucracy, then they need to realize that they must change the way they do business. Because organizations that really want to become more autonomous have to develop outstanding frontline leadership. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being a company […]

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Can One Person Handle Both HR and Marketing – Ask HR Bartender

July 13, 2014

I’ve written a couple times about the relationship between human resources and marketing. You can check those posts out here and here. Today’s reader question takes the conversation one step further. Hi Sharlyn! The company I work for has approached me with the opportunity to be a director of either Marketing or HR. I explained […]

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Be a Business Pirate – Friday Distraction

July 11, 2014

I get a kick out of the names people use to describe themselves. I’ve seen people refer to themselves as ninjas and jedis. Personally, Mr. Bartender and I are fond of pirates. We love the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies and get a laugh out of International Talk like a Pirate Day (which is September […]

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Join an HR Mastermind Group to Strengthen Your Corporate Culture

July 10, 2014

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about mastermind groups. The term “mastermind group” was originally introduced back in the early 1900s by Napoleon Hill in the book “Think and Grow Rich”. It was defined as “the coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit […]

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Are You Too Old For a Second Career – Ask #HR Bartender

July 8, 2014

Today’s reader note is worth the read, regardless of your age. Maybe you can empathize with the reader. Or maybe you’ve found, as a recruiter yourself, interviewing someone in this position. Possibly even both. I am 47 years old. I worked as an administrative assistant for 20+ years and have been an at-home caregiver to […]

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How To Know When You Have Enough Information

July 6, 2014

In order to make good decisions, we have to get information. Correction – we have to get good information. Sometimes, I’m amazed at the decisions people make without information. I’m not talking about ordering dinner without hearing the daily specials. People make decisions about their personal and professional lives without finding out all the good […]

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