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Don’t Leave Your Employee at The Orientation Alter

How many of you when you ask someone on a date are very attentive at first, you pick a nice restaurant, you maybe bring flowers, you listen, you laugh at their jokes…all that probably sounds familiar…but let me ask you this: Have you ever had a date just get up and...

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Leadership Bullies vs Champions

I worked with a leader who inspired fear every time he worked with his reports. He would say, ‘To respect me they must fear me’. And to that, I would say ‘Fear gets impressive short term results, but makes for depressing long term results.’ When they stop fearing you,...

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BIG mistake startups make: Hiring an HR leader TOO LATE

Marc Andreessen knows a thing or two about building a successful company. One of his best tips was on the topic of when to hire a human resources leader.

“If you don’t start layering in HR once you’ve passed 50 people on your way to 150, something is going to go badly wrong,” Andreessen told Gil in the interview.

Andreessen said that most tech companies will focus in the beginning on building a great product and distribution channel before doing what he calls “everything else.”

That includes finance, HR, legal, marketing, PR, investor relations, and recruiting, according to Andreessen. But the longer a company delays those activities, the higher the risk of exposing itself to “catastrophic failure through self-inflicted wounds.” 

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Psychological Safety

Do you know what the new work 'stress' issue is? It is what I like to call our current 'culture of contentiousness' that have created a need for 'psychological safety' (you can thank Google leadership for this term). It is the floating anxiety caused by disruptive...

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Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

You know it, you' luv it, you can't get enough of it - conflict. And lately, there is a plethora of it. Ok...now that I've gotten to use the word 'plethora' (so satisfying for a word nerd like me) - let's dig in: Ever since the presidential election, I along with many...

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The 411 on 420

Legalizing cannabis is here in CA (and in other states) and it's got HR in such a tizzy...and if we weren't such goody two shoes, we'd all probably smoke some just to chill the %$#@!...

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The HR Warrior Journey Begins!

The HR Warrior Journey Begins!

While working the mean streets of Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and Sonoma County, it has occurred to me MANY times as an HR professional like myself and MANY others are a courageous bunch fighting for our companies/employees success, while slaying dragons of...

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