6 Ways to Improve Your Business Acumen

One of the behavioral competencies in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) competency model is business acumen. This should come as no surprise to anyone. It’s important to know the business, be able to talk about it, and make decisions to help the business grow. But honestly, it’s hard to develop business acumen. Oh sure,…

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The HR Capitalist Is Back In Business…

I'm back.  After taking 3 months off to finish a book that will be out in mid-2019 (The 9 Faces of HR), I'm returning to a normal schedule at the HR Capitalist. Some of you noticed I was gone. Some of you didn't. Good thing I'm low sensitivity and didn't expect you to beg. The…

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Need a refresher on providing break time for nursing moms at work?

Beukbeuk [Public domain], from Wikimedia CommonsI’ve got you covered. According to a recent New York Times article, it is “common among American employers” for companies not to “provide hourly workers with break time and a private place to pump.” Employers that don’t allow new moms time to pump at work may violate any variety of…

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Is Your Organization Humble

I want to tell you about an organization. Think of it as a case study. It’s a private company with over $1.4 billion in revenue and nearly 6,000 employees globally. Been in business since 1977 and is regularly recognized as a best place to work both in its industry and headquarters location. I think we…

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Leadership Development Goals for 2019

One of my most read series of posts is my somewhat yearly list of New Year’s development goals for leaders. I don’t go back and check previous years, so there may be duplicates, as there should be. Things like “striving to be a better listener” come up each year as I work with leaders from…

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She was raped by her supervisor, the company suspended her and put the harasser back to work. How mad did this make a federal jury?

Ken Lund from Reno, NV, USA [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsNope. Madder. Here’s more from the EEOC’s press release announcing the $850,000 jury verdict. A federal jury rendered a verdict on Dec. 19, 2018 awarding $850,000 in compensatory and punitive damages to a female farmworker at [an employer] in Dover, Fla., who was raped…

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Elon Musk, Joking Around is Serious Business!

Guest post by Jamie Anderson and Gabor George:Truly creative leaders tap ideas from all ranks, and are typically skillful at fostering innovation. They are open to diverse perspectives, and willing to take risks. These leadership characteristics can be further enhanced by humor. In the words of IDEO founder and CEO Dave Kelly, “If you go into…

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Litigating against LGBT rights may win one case, but still be bad for business overall.

By Phillips 66 Company – http://hrcpdocctr.phillips66.com/HR_P66_Comm/Benefits/BenefitHighlights.pdf, Public Domain, Link Among Fortune 500 companies, 91% prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and 83% prohibit discrimination based on gender identity.  [Source] But, under federal law, circuit courts remain split as to whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids discrimination based on LGBT…

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