Teacher Touching Hearts

Norman Rockwell Teacher
As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth.
Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same.
However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.
Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he did not play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath. In addition, Teddy could be unpleasant.
It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X’s and then putting a big “F” at the top of his papers. Continue reading

What is HR Business Partner Role?

The HR Business Partner is usually the front-office job in Human Resources. It is quite modern. It was introduced by David Ulrich in his book “HR Champion”. The HR Business Partner was a defined as the real partner to the internal clients, the partner understanding the needs of clients and bringing the right solutions to aiming to resolve the issues.

The HR Business Partnership concept created a mess in HR Departments as the implementation of the modern theory was quick and processes were not adjusted to include the new job in the process flowcharts. The implementation of the HR Business Partners is not easy, and the HR Departments should not rush. Continue reading

Disengaged Workers Aren’t Born That Way

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Employers who think their people leave for more money:   89%

Employees who actually do leave for more money: 12%

What a disconnect!

That’s the results of 19,700 interviews completed by the Saratoga Institute. Maybe it is easier for managers to think that money is the real issue, rather than hear that there are things that need to be fixed. But, the truth is, there are things that can be done to keep employees happy and productive, and on the job. Continue reading

How to Hire Office Staff – Medical, Dental Profession

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It is true, a lot of doctors, dentists, chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists, etc. are in THEIR business because of their passion in healing, helping, serving. Conversely they are not in the business of hiring, recruiting, selecting, and developing staff. They know the vision they have for the culture and ‘energy’ of  their office, they know how they want to care for their clients – when they get to hire, sometimes the process gets in the way!  Let’s talk about how to enhance the process.

This is a insightful article about best practices for office staff.

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Top 4 Challenges Facing HR For 2013

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Every year HR faces different challenges that they are required to overcome for the benefit of the business. 2013 will be no exception, and with the continued uncertainty about the economic climate, these challenges may well be more substantial than those faced in 2012.  We’ll invest a little bit of time with each issue that HR is likely to experience:

Talent Attraction

Attracting the right talent for a position is not only essential to meet skill requirements and fill a vacancy within your company; it is also fundamental to the growth and stability of your workforce and business. Have you ever hired the ‘wrong person’? You know, the one who causes morale issues in the office, resentment from colleagues, decreasing productivity?  We have all experienced those hires and can clearly understand the value of hiring the RIGHT person. Continue reading

Disciplined action: The “Stop Doing” list

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Take a look at your desk. If you’re like most hard-charging leaders, you’ve got a well-articulated to-do list. Now take another look: Where’s your stop-doing list? We’ve all been told that leaders make things happen—and that’s true: Pushing that flywheel takes a lot of concerted effort. But it’s also true that good-to-great leaders distinguish themselves by their unyielding discipline to stop doing anything and everything that doesn’t fit tightly within their Hedgehog Concept.

When Darwin Smith and his management team crystallized the Hedgehog Concept for Kimberly-Clark, they faced a dilemma. On one hand, they understood that the best path to greatness lay in the consumer business, where the company had demonstrated a best-in-the-world capability in its building of the Kleenex brand. On the other hand, the vast majority of Kimberly-Clark’s revenue lay in traditional coated-paper mills, turning out paper for magazines and writing pads—which had been the core business of the company for 100 years. Even the company’s namesake town—Kimberly, Wisconsin—was built around a Kimberly-Clark paper mill. Continue reading

Top 10 Strategies for Making Your New Year’s Resolution Stick

What happens here can transform

 

This article is an incredible reminder about who we are, how we can be the person we desire, and what can happen when we transform our way of setting New Year’s Resolutions……

I love it and absolutely agree with all of the steps. So many times we ‘think’ and maybe even ‘talk’ about our goals or desires for the new year, then wake up December 31st wondering where the year went……. I believe in making ‘New Year Resolutions’ throughout the year – like you! AND then on December 31st getting to look back on the year of successes and things to do differently…..

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Cocoon to Butterfly – The Metamorphosis of a School

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Several years ago when I accepted the job of principal at Yuba Feather Elementary School, a K-8 school in Northern California, I was told by a colleague that I was crazy to take the job. She told me that the atmosphere was hopelessly negative, that the staff was demoralized, and that students’ pride and interest in school were dismally low.

Having been given this advice and background information, I guess I was a little crazy, for I took the job. Despite the poor condition of the school, I sensed a powerful reservoir of potential. I saw a butterfly inside a tightly closed cocoon and believed a metamorphosis could happen. The metamorphosis of Yuba Feather School is something of a miracle? Today it is a school recognized through Northern California for its academic excellence, positive climate, and innovative atmosphere. The school has an award-winning writing program, a successful mastery learning “levels” math program, intense peer collaboration, a peer observation program, a highly successful literature-based reading program, a staff trained in teaching critical thinking, and an adult learning and problem solving environment for the teachers. Teachers from our school are sought out to make presentations locally and for other districts through Northern California. Two video films which focus on the Yuba Feather Writing Project have been distributed nationally and won first place in the 1986 National Education Film Festival. In 1986 the school was chosen as a California Distinguished School as a result of our students’ improved performance on the California Assessment Program test and our outstanding pride in their school.

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