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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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The Wellness Obstacle – The Leader’s Health
The Wellness Obstacle – The Leader’s Health 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

In my last post, I shared my thoughts about why I think Wellness programs are becoming an increasingly important part of our work in HR.  I’m relatively new to the field.  It wasn’t until I joined my current organization that I become really familiar with this notion of wellness within the organization.   Aside from…

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Why Wellness Matters
Why Wellness Matters 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

I have a confession to make.  I used to think that corporate wellness programs were ridiculous.  I’d hear about weight watchers programs and health fairs and, frankly, it felt like the typical busywork kind of stuff HR departments are known for.  Then, I went to work for an organization that invests heavily in wellness and…

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Style Matters in HR
Style Matters in HR 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Today, I attended a seminar.  My schedule is busy, so I try to chose wisely how I spend my time.  The topic was of interest to me.  The speaker was flown in and touted as an expert.  I had high expectations.  My mistake. Here’s a short summary of my experience of the session: The presenter…

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One versus Many
One versus Many 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

The holy grail in HR seems to be to find a system or process that will impact every employee and affect change uniformly across the board.  We strive to build performance management and talent management processes that can be applied at every level across the company.  We look to find a way to get all…

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If you’re in, be in
If you’re in, be in 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

I recently read a blog post by a blogger who is an HR professional by day.  In the post, she said something to the effect: “I have a love/hate relationship with HR.”  This struck me the wrong way.  In fact, the more I thought about it, the more it chapped my . . . well,…

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