Life’s Little Lessons

Context is important, but how many times do we miss the opportunity to ask just a couple questions to make sure we’re thinking about our conversation in the same context?

breadMy husband and I went to Panera Bread for a loaf of their Sesame Semolina bread. Our local grocery store no longer stocks the kind we like, so we figured Panera should have really good semolina bread. When we got to the counter there was one loaf remaining, which we ordered. The cashier asked if we wanted it sliced and how. Continue reading

Let’s be brutally honest…

hr director gossipFast Company has a very cute article, “Brutally honest versions of your job titles.”  I smiled through “Brand Ambassador = Professional Conference Attendee,” and “Social Media Strategist = Person with the Twitter password.”   I suppose that since I do not work in one of those professions, I could chuckle a bit, understanding the subtle poke at their work.

Then I came to “HR Director = Gossip Coordinator/Instigator.”  Aw no – that’s hitting below the belt.  That is the antithesis of everything that anyone in Human Resources hopes to be.  Our world revolves around confidentiality, and here is a popular business magazine calling us gossips and instigators.  There are a lot of “names” I can rationalize because I know we sometimes fall into the trap – Party planner, Evil HR lady, and “oh oh, here comes HR – someone’s gonna be fired.”  But not “gossip.” Continue reading

So What If He Lied About His Degree…

diploma_hat_graduation_800_clr_8164The New York Times ran an article about yet another successful, high profile sports coach who has been caught lying about his credentials. NYT writer Juliet Macur interviewed Coach Steve Masiello a few days prior to the revelation that he had lied about having a college degree. He got caught, as others have, with a background check as he started a new job.

During the interview, Masiello preached accountability and described how he had learned the importance of accountability from an early mentor. So my question is, “what, really, is accountability,” and “to whom is one accountable?” Continue reading