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October 24, 2019

A Door Closes

This morning marked the official ending of yet another chapter in my life. This has been a current trend for me as I continue to navigate my path to my true purpose. I have found that my path requires letting go of things that no longer serve me, saying no to incredible opportunities that aren’t aligned, and closing a few doors so the universe is able to open new ones. 

When it comes to my business it has always had only one guidepost, people. I took a leap of faith into entrepreneurship because of my desire to help people. Specifically, people in their workplaces – I’ve said it time and time again, I am an HR Practitioner at heart. It is at the core of all the work I do. When it comes to conversations regarding business, I want to discuss the people that are making the potential for that business possible (I also seem to have a slight bias toward P words, ever since I wrote my first book, From Heart to HRart). Nevertheless, the concept of helping people, or the subject of business and people, even HR is an entirely broad scope. 

This October, the company that came to be as a result of my leap of faith is celebrating its fifth year and I can’t help but find myself in a place of reflection and deep-rooted gratitude. Gratitude for the people who have shown up on this journey and have served as guideposts that molded and evolved Leadership Arts Associates to what it is today. 

I’d like to take a moment and recognize five significant guideposts…

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October 3, 2019

Why don’t they know how to behave?

When I say the word Handbook the reaction that I am most likely to get from someone who is an employer (business owner/supervisor) is 1 of 2 things: the first one is “why do we have to bother with creating one of those people know how they need to behave and we have survived without one this long” or “I love it I quote it all the time to hold people accountable.”

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October 3, 2019

Respect and Understanding

Title VII is a part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it makes discrimination in almost all employment action in regards to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy or national origin illegal.  Title VII is applicable to most employers (with some exceptions) with 15 or more employees. When Title VII was created it was meant to make employers judge candidates and employees based on their ability to do the job and not any of the now protected classes.  Some areas of employment action that fall into this are hiring, firing and promotions.  

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September 18, 2019

What is HR?

“Human Resource Management is the term generally applied to those activities concerning the management of people.” 

This definition of HR was found in a textbook. A textbook that I highly recommend, if you are looking to obtain a solid foundation in HR. The book is Human Resource Management by Robert L. Mathis and John H. Jackson. At first, I was critical of this definition because of how vague it was, but then I realized the necessity for vagueness. Despite, how long Human Resources has been around as an industry and profession, we are still figuring out who exactly we are within the organizations we serve. 

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August 20, 2019

Three Reasons Busy Professionals Should Consider Qigong

As an HR Practitioner obsessed with the dilemma surrounding the disengagement of workforces within organizations. I have been on a quest to find answers. It was on this quest that I discovered Qigong (pronounced chee-gong). See this quest began from a practical professional place but what I quickly found was that it was an extremely personal journey. My obsession with disengagement came from a place of desperation. I wanted to know the answers in hopes to avoid my own personal disengagement. I had begun establishing a track record of personally disengaging from workplaces and now that I was out on my own. I had no employer to blame for my unhappiness or level of satisfaction, that blame could only go one place on me.

I’ve come to the conclusion that solving disengagement, is more about healing individuals, establishing a new definition of work-life balance and embracing the magic. But before I lose you, this post is not going to dive into that heavy topic. I’d like to first introduce you to Qigong from a practical professional place just like how I began this whole journey.

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