Heather Kinzie’s “Leadership and Letting Go”

I used to “journal.” Doesn’t that sound distinguished and all grown up? Just writing it should make me feel a bit better about my maturity and intelligence but alas, there is that darned “used to” in front of it. It was past tense, way back when. Obviously, I don’t do it anymore, but maybe I should. This morning, I […]

How To Evolve, Advance, and Thrive in HR

It is no secret that today’s Human Resources, or Human Capital, industry made its way onto the scene as The Personnel Department. In a time long before sophisticated networks housed human resources information systems, when employee information was maintained on 3×5 index cards in a file cabinet down the hall, we were signing and cutting […]

From 18 to 18 Million – How Big Does Your Network Need To Be?

In 2008 my team leader, who was new to the company, asked me about my network. “Well,” I told her, “I have connections in most of our US manufacturing plants, and quite a few people at our corporate centers.” When she asked me who they were, I could list about 18 people that I would connect […]

There’s Always Room For More

My mother died in 1991; I was 21 years old and, for all intents and purposes, I should have no longer needed my mother. The problem was, I had been a schmuck of a kid, a wench as a teenager and an arrogant young adult. I offer those depressing nuggets to suggest to you that my mind was not open for her […]

How to Delegate Effectively

Unless you’re a department of 1, doing everything yourself is not possible or recommended. When you’re not effectively delegating, you feel overwhelmed, undervalued and stuck. You can only work so many hours in a day. You can only complete so many things within those hours. If you do not delegate work when possible, you increase […]

The Most Common Mistakes New Managers Make

The toughest transition in management is going from managing a job function to managing both a job function and other people at the same time. When you’re only managing a job function, all the work and results are on your shoulders. Everything succeeds or fails based on your efforts alone. There should be comfort in […]