Where Does the Time Go?

Where Does the Time Go?

Recently, Jason was lamenting how he doesn’t have enough time to be strategic in his work. As we talked about how his days were spent, he recounted working long days, often reacting to unexpected requests, dealing with employee issues, and helping his team with their...

The Key Business Strategy You May Be Missing

The Key Business Strategy You May Be Missing

We all know that unemployment is at an all-time low. So it’s not surprising that many organizations are finding themselves either losing employees or having people come forward with lucrative potential offers from other organizations. An organization I encountered...

Confessions of an Aspiring Coach

Confessions of an Aspiring Coach

If I were to tell you that it’s important to ask your team questions versus telling them the answers, you’d likely respond “I know that!” We all know that people only learn to the degree that they find solutions for themselves. It’s not that many of us don’t know it’s...

How to Integrate Your HR Team into Your Business

How to Integrate Your HR Team into Your Business

I have been working with a business partner, Mark, and his HR person, Andy. Mark kept complaining that Andy seemed overly focused on all the wrong priorities. When I spoke with Andy, his perspective was that even though he had a full plate (hiring people, running...

The Hitch in the Giddy Up

The Hitch in the Giddy Up

Move beyond maintenance of the status quo in 2018 Many of the HR leaders I’ve recently spoken with sincerely want to better support their internal customers and business partners. They really want to get more done and spend more time address-ing people related issues...

Human Life is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Human Life is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Reflections on Boston In Boston, we were blessed with a few keynote speeches that were both thought provoking and soul stirring. Upon returning to the Chicago area, I reflected on what I had gotten out of the ex-perience: it had reminded me of what had made me fall in...

3 Strategies for Creating a Problem-Solving Workforce

3 Strategies for Creating a Problem-Solving Workforce

Over the years, I’ve worked in many facilities that are devoted to team-based problem-solving. Yet, as time has gone by, it has become clear that fully involving an entire workforce in problem-solving efforts is quite a challenge. Often, I’ve noticed that the visual...

The Waste of Blame

The Waste of Blame

Recently, a group and I were working on problem-solving. I kept running into this attitude of several people in the group feeling powerless and even victimized by their work. We were discussing steps to follow to identify opportunities and make changes, and many of...

5 Essential Aspects of Building a Lean Culture

5 Essential Aspects of Building a Lean Culture

Recently in a workshop, we had considerable discussion about the need to create a lean culture. When I asked the group members how they define a lean culture, it became clear to me that they did not have a clear definition of what culture specifically means. They’re...

HR: The Missing Link in Your Continuous Improvement Efforts

HR: The Missing Link in Your Continuous Improvement Efforts

Sometimes, in work and in life, we make up our minds to do things that are challenging. For me, the time has come to launch Champions of HR for Excellence. This is a community to meet the needs of Human Resources professionals and others who develop talent strategies...

Building to Last by Building to ‘Pull’

Building to Last by Building to ‘Pull’

Recently, I began working on a really interesting project that supports training for HR-related services in Lean enterprises, including recruitment, training, performance feedback and effective recognition. The material will be delivered throughout the world as part...