Build a pipeline for diversity and inclusiveness

The entire world is talking about diversity and inclusion. They’re in vogue now, but we all know that welcoming diversity and being inclusive have always been the right things to do. Right, but not necessarily simple. Believing in them, talking about them, naming them as core values, and incorporating them into your culture create awareness—but […]

Right-on-the-nose recruiting for top people

Employment today is as much about purpose and relationship as it is about the job. Why do you do what you do—can you express it clearly? And what’s so special about your leadership—why would people want to follow you into battle every day? How well do you communicate your “why” to candidates and employees? How […]

Setting Crucial Expectations for Remote Work

Wi-Fi makes location irrelevant. No matter how much the distance between you and your remote team, setting expectations provides the road map you need to achieve your goals. Clear, mutual expectations enable you to establish milestones and celebrate progress; delegate more easily and hold people accountable; and engage high achievers looking for a challenge. We’ve […]

How can I be a GREAT leader in a virtual world?

By Kathleen Quinn Votaw When everyone is working in the same place and the culture is positive, leadership is magical. You feel like the charismatic boss you are as you build relationships, observe behavior, take the team out to lunch, mentor, coach, share knowledge, and motivate your people to achieve great things for themselves and […]

Tech Tools for Strategic HR Leaders

By Kathleen Quinn Votaw In addition to managing everything related to employees, including an organization’s culture, HR teams today play a strategic frontline role in the development, growth, and productivity of the business itself—and need to accomplish it all on an ever-tightening budget. This would be impossible without the latest technologies at your fingertips. According […]

Christmas Can Never be Cancelled!

For me, the holidays are all about my loving family, traditions, and celebration. We truly feel blessed and nothing can change that. 2020 has been hard on all of us, everywhere, but there is joy and hope to be found in the precious moments we have together—even if those moments are found on Zoom this once. No doubt, the holidays will be different in 2020, but the spirit of the season can be just as wonderful in new ways. There will be much to reflect on as we begin 2021.

You’ll Never Walk Alone

When I was in high school, John Hampton and I sang “You’ll never walk alone” for the memorial service of a beloved guidance counselor. The lyrics were comforting then and now: “When you walk through a storm Hold your head up high And don’t be afraid of the dark At the end of a storm […]

Strategic HR Turns Challenge into Opportunity

Flexible. Agile. Inclusive. Inventive. Caring. These qualities define today’s HR heroes who are taking a strategic leadership role to transform work in ways we’ve never seen before. Today, as we recover from the pandemic and move into the future, every business imperative must include workforce perspectives. The workplace has never been so complex; and the strategic value of HR never more clear.

Things You Can Do to Protect Your Culture & Brand in Recovery

Businesses have taken a major hit because of circumstances outside our control. But take comfort from the power to protect our unique culture and employment brand from the same fateful hit. Hard times may challenge the way you operate your business but should never change the values that define who you are as a company.  Culture, home to beliefs and values, represents your company’s essence and competitive edge as well as how you’re known in the […]

The Middle Road Between Business and Burnout

Apple has doubled its value since the start of the pandemic, to $2 trillion. Target’s profits surged with online sales that almost tripled as a result of Covid-19. If only these were everyone’s stories! It may seem counterintuitive during these hard times, but recruiting firms continue to grow as well, and it has much to […]