“The only truth is music.” – Jack Kerouac I write a lot about music and how it influences my life in many ways. Heavy metal, in particular, has influenced me. It has helped me be a better person. It has helped me think more deeply about life, about social issues, about our shared humanity. And … Continue reading #HRMixedTape – Justice Through Metal Music Edition
“Just that you do the right thing. The rest doesn't matter.” – Marcus Aurelius Several years ago, I was deciding what I wanted to do when I grew up. The job I had was good, but something was missing. It didn’t feel like it was “it.” I had little to complain about, but I firmly … Continue reading Live Hard: What Are Your Professional Mission, Vision, and Values?
Kishwaukee River in Sycamore, IL, Winter 2019. I took this photo as a memento during the hardest period of my life. “Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.” – Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones It’s been a … Continue reading Taking Control of Mental Health: Acknowledge. Accept. Act.
“When people show you who they are, believe them.” – Maya Angelou When I started my “Street Level Influencer” series, it was meant to showcase the power of HR professionals at the ground level. People on the frontline doing the work, making a meaningful impact, and not asking for much in return, other than the … Continue reading Street Level Influencers: Local SHRM Chapters Are Fighting Racism in the Workplace
“Desperation, despair, fear, powerlessness – these reactions are functions of our perceptions. You must realize: Nothing makes us feel this way; we choose to give into such feelings. Or, choose not to.” – Ryan Holiday There are sayings that change us. Mantras we try to live by. Many of us use them to keep ourselves … Continue reading Obstacles Are the Ally’s Path: White America Knows What to Do
“There can be no movement without friction.” – Marc Perry Nothing I say here is going to be new. It isn’t going to be earth shattering. It isn’t going to be profound. But it is all something that I need to say. I had wrote an article about how silence is acceptance when it comes … Continue reading Silence Is Acceptance: HR Cannot Avoid Talking About the Black Experience
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle James Woods, a nonprofit HR pro extraordinaire! When I began my idea of the Street Level Influencer, I had no idea how positive people would respond to it! I’m excited that it struck a chord with people. In the … Continue reading Street Level Influencer: Meet James Woods
"I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo. "So do I," said Gandolf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." -- J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord … Continue reading Random Thoughts While Being at Home
“For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them. – Thich Nhat Hanh A hallmark of a great friend is non-judgement. You can tell them anything without fear they will critique you or your opinions and experiences. Sure, they may offer you words of advice you … Continue reading Stand in Your Worthiness
“The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. The beginning of the year has so many of us thinking, reflecting. We write about our thoughts. We give pause, give ourselves space to explore our feelings, emotions, dreams. How does this all impact our future? Two of my good … Continue reading Doing the Right Thing Is Always in Our Control