We were all part of American history this week when the Supreme Court ‘approved’ (is that the word?) universal healthcare aka Obamacare. Then, if that wasn’t enough, the next day they upheld marriage equality across the country. A hero was born, @BreeNewsome, who scaled a flagpole with such grace and removed a confederate flag.
Some of you may feel…….
Participated in an interesting Human Resources tweetchat yesterday; topic was how to make HR more relevant.
There were the usual comments about getting “a seat at the table” and even I reverted to a comment about becoming business partners but I think there’s much more to do.
In my experience, HR is sometimes viewed as a roadblock when, in fact, it is a Managers’ lack of feedback and documentation that leaves ill-suited employees in their positions.
If I was in Human Resources, the first things I’d want to do:
Some of you may have seen the 6 or 8 episode series by the same name last year. Essentially, a parent slaps a child, and relationships spiral out of control. We had our own experience with a slap this week, and are wondering what YOU would do.
We were at a large function, with about 100 people present. Many adults, and quite a few children under the age of eight years old enjoyed an evening outside. As we were conversing, we heard the unmistakable sound of a SLAP.
I have gotta’ give it to our greyhound, Ezra, as he may have found the perfect way to simply ‘be.’ After four years of running around circular tracks, and six years just lazing around the house with us, he has it all together. No meditation classes, chanting, exercising, eating right…just completely satisfied with his world.
Tearfully told you that he was gay. Announced that she was pregnant. Expressed a desire to change genders. Had a cross-racial relationship. Avowed his love for Jesus. Converted to Islam.
All the things that parents don’t think much about when their children are born. For that is how I recommend we raise our children, to be themselves whoever that might be.
Recent news has been very disturbing, and I’m left wondering who we, as Americans, have become.
A Muslim woman, wearing a hajib, was denied a Diet Coke on a recent flight. She asked for an unopened can of soda, and was told that …..
It’s no secret that we all have personal lives, and many of us have worklives. More and more, these are becoming entangled and entwined, putting us in awkward positions in the workplace.
Let’s imagine a people manager at a technology company. She must, with some frequency, communicate a corporate decision that directly violates her own values.
A friend recently mentioned that he was called into his boss’s office and the conversation focused on his need to be more ‘authentic’ in the workplace. Might be a “Men are From Mars’ / Women are From Venus” type of thing since the boss was a woman, but no doubt many have struggled with the concept of authenticity.
When Mom and I left her specialist’s office about five years ago, we were both devastated to learn that she was already in the mid-stages of Alzheimer’s disease. We had all the signs we needed: she got lost driving in the only town she had ever lived, once a police officer had to bring her home when she was walking because she couldn’t determine where she was. And those were only the events that she reported to us.
Let’s start with a few basic facts, most of which I hope you can relate to:
- I can remember song lyrics, in fact song lyrics to an entire vinyl album (what we used to call CDs), from 1973
- That’s 41 years ago.
- I sat in French class throughout grammar and junior high school and cannot speak or write a word of French
- About the same time frame