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Pick a Target
Pick a Target 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

My youngest son Colton turned one year old a few weeks ago.  As with most one year olds, he’s learning to walk.  It’s an amazing process to behold as a parent.  It’s also a truly magnificent example of how learning and achievement works. As probably most parents do, the “training” we’ve been doing to teach Colton to…

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Illusion of Reality
Illusion of Reality 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

I’m a fan of reality TV.  Think of me what you will, but I find many reality shows entertaining and fascinating for a variety of reasons.  So, I tend to sample a lot of different shows to see what they are about.  Recently I stumbled upon “The Bachelor Pad” on ABC.  The show is the…

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Human Resources and Corporate Politics
Human Resources and Corporate Politics 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

As I shared in a previous post, I spoke to a group of HR/OD professionals recently about how to both embrace and take advantage of politics to do the good work we are all called to do.  The main point I was trying to make to that group was that whether we like it or…

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Hip and Sage Consultant Conference – Debrief
Hip and Sage Consultant Conference – Debrief 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Yesterday, I had the privilege to be a part of the agenda for a funky little conference in Omaha called the Hip and Sage Consultant Conference.  It was hosted by the Omaha Chapter of the ODN and was largely attended by people who carry a title with Organizational Development in it and other external OD…

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Profundity
Profundity 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

I feel as though I owe you an apology.  It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted here to my blog.  And for some reason, I feel guilty about it, even though there are about 8,000 other HR blogs there for the reading.   While I’ve felt as though I should write SOMETHING…

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Knowing Why
Knowing Why 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Last week, I was interviewing a woman for a position on my HR team.  During the course of the interview, she said something that was really profound and important.  Here’s what she said: “I like to know why I am doing everything that I do.  If I am just completing a list of steps on…

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Executive Coaching and Confidentiality
Executive Coaching and Confidentiality 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

If you spend enough time in HR, eventually you’ll have a situation where you will be tasked with finding an executive coach for one or more of the leaders within your organization.  As you evaluate coaches, there is a big issue that inevitably comes up in the conversations and it tells you a lot about…

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Questions about Culture
Questions about Culture 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

I had the good fortune yesterday to spend a few hours with some really smart folks talking about organizational culture.  The conversation reinforced for me how complex the topic of culture really is.  While I’d love to report that I walked away from that conversation with some great learnings about culture that I could share…

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10 Rules to Avoid Getting in Trouble with Email
10 Rules to Avoid Getting in Trouble with Email 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Much has been written about email etiquette, but people still get it wrong everyday.  The biggest mistake people make with email is deciding when an email is appropriate and when it is not.  Because writing an email is a one way communication and it is impersonal, we tend be a lot tougher, bolder, and more forceful in…

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Make Better Hires
Make Better Hires 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

One of the things that plagues our organizations are bad hiring decisions.  This had led to an entire industry dedicated to selling us tests, evaluations, and services that promise to help us hire better people. In my experience, there are two main causes for bad hiring decisions: We don’t take time to define what we…

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