No, You Can’t Define Your Company Culture

Earlier this month, Barb Buckner asked if culture can be defined or does it define itself? No, You Can’t Define Your Company Culture My answer: No. You cannot define culture. You can define your organization’s vision. You can define its mission. Its values. Its policies and procedures … But you cannot define the culture. Culture […]

If You Can’t Commit, Just Quit

I have the pleasure of owning my own business. While this comes with a heckuva lot of headaches and anxiety, it does come with some inherent bonuses: I own what I do! I am committed! I am all in! I gave a presentation a few weeks ago in which I talked about my belief that employees need […]

Is My Bias Showing? (Moving from Woke-ish to Woke)

That part of my career spent in HR has been filled with new learning about people. All kinds of people. One thing I have come to learn is that there is a huge difference between understanding something about another person’s experience and feeling what they feel. I can’t know how they feel about certain things […]

Fine, Be a Bigot

It’s not often our parents suggest we are anything less than authentic but from time to time back in my teenage years, my mom would tell me, “Heather, you may be the devil’s spawn but for God’s sake, quit acting like it!” She was, of course, suggesting that I present a kinder, more gentler me. Perhaps […]

Inspired by Hate

Hatefulness Unprofessionalism Those are hardly inspirational words, but they inspired this post. Recently, I concluded a workplace investigation that despite all the discriminatory allegations, counter claims, and retaliation complaints thrown around, what it boiled down to was there was a lot of hatefulness (feelings) and oodles of unprofessionalism (behavior). Hatefulness and unprofessionalism. They have no […]

Legislation to Protect Unearned Privilege by Tim Gardner

As I write this today, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has let it be known that he is vetoing the proposed “Free Exercise Protection Act”,  House Bill 757. Legislation to Protect Unearned Privilege by Tim Gardner The “protection” part of the act was to protect faith-based groups who refused to provide social, educational or charitable services that […]