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Quotes I Love, Volume 1
Quotes I Love, Volume 1 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

I am  not a collector.  Just don’t have the wiring for it.  But, as with everything, there is always an exception.  The closest I come to being a collector is that I have historically saved quotes.  These little sound bites matter to me.  In each I find a spark or insight that sticks with me.…

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Illinois SHRM, Here I Come – #ILSHRM11
Illinois SHRM, Here I Come – #ILSHRM11 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Next week, I have the privilege to be speaking as a part of the Illinois state SHRM Conference lineup.  They have put together a pretty interesting and compelling program.  The Illinois HR community is in for quite an experience.   Talent Anarchy (Joe Gerstandt and I) will be providing one of the three keynote presentations…

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Great HR is knowing Why
Great HR is knowing Why 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

By nature of having a 3 year old daughter at home, I hear the word “why” about 3,000 times a day.  Even at hear young age, she’s discovered the power of this tiny word.  It provokes thought.  It provokes conversation.  It provokes discovery.  Ultimately, it leads to learning and confidence.   And we don’t use…

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What does Strategic mean in HR?
What does Strategic mean in HR? 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

There’s a lot of misunderstandings about what it means to be strategic in Human Resources.  Having a plan doesn’t necessarily make you strategic.  Talking about the future doesn’t make you strategic.  Being proactive doesn’t even make your strategic. The mark of a truly strategic HR leader or team, is when you move from giving the…

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Pull the Trigger
Pull the Trigger 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

One of the hardest things to do as a leader is to know when to pull the trigger on firing someone.  I’ve heard so many leaders talk about how much trouble they have with making the decision to fire even when the person is under performing or worse a general nuisance.  Yet, these same leaders will…

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I am Not a Thought Leader
I am Not a Thought Leader 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

A couple of weeks ago, the always outspoken John Sumser published a post at HRexaminer titled “Pummeling Equine Cadavers.”  You probably missed it if for no other reason than the title doesn’t even hint at the really interesting points John makes in the piece.  In it, he airs some frustrations around the idea of “thought…

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What does GREAT look like?
What does GREAT look like? 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Last week, I spent a couple of days with eighty leaders from across my state working on defining our collective vision for the future of the state.  As a part of this process, we were asked to break into groups to define what makes something “great.” This may seem like a fairly easy task.  But,…

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"Seat at the Table" isn’t a four letter word
"Seat at the Table" isn’t a four letter word 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Something has been bothering me but I couldn’t lay my finger on why until this week.  It has become increasingly popular for HR pundits and bloggers to skewer anyone in HR who talks about or writes about having a “seat at the table.”  The argument seems to be that they are tired of hearing about…

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A New Chapter Begins
A New Chapter Begins 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Two of my wise friends, Jason Seiden and Roger Fransecky, have both taught me to think of life as a story that is written in chapters as we live it.  Today, I begin writing a new chapter in my life as I leave one job and begin the process of finding my way to what’s…

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The Power of Paying Attention
The Power of Paying Attention 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

I find myself in awe of my 21 month old son, Colton, almost daily as I watch him growing and learning to navigate the world around him.  Each moment, it seems, he’s finding something new to try, to learn. The thing that strikes me most about Colt are the things that he’s learned that no…

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