The Future of HR: Anne Loehr Interviewed By German Professor, Dr. Peter M. Wald

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The Future of HR: Anne Loehr Interviewed By German Professor, Dr. Peter M. Wald

Dr. Peter M. Wald, a professor at Leipzig University of Applied Sciences of 10 years, contacted me for an international perspective of the future of human resources (HR). This university is Saxony’s largest University of Applied Sciences and one of the largest in Germany- more than 200 years old. Dr. Wald’s area of expertise is human resource […]

Cornell University Entrepreneur in Residence: What I Wish I Had Known

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Cornell University Entrepreneur in Residence: What I Wish I Had Known

I was excited, and more than a little nervous, when Cornell University asked me to be an Entrepreneur in Residence. What did that actually mean? It meant I held office hours twice a semester, to meet any student who had any type of question about being an entrepreneur. It was a fun adventure, with undergrad […]

Generations at Work: Bridging Communication and Work Ethic Expectation Gaps  

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Generations at Work: Bridging Communication and Work Ethic Expectation Gaps  

Are there really differences in the way generations interact in the workplace? Do Millennials have different expectations than their older colleagues? Is it even possible to generalize about what Millennials are like? What should HR and management do to attract and keep Millennials? Amy Souza contacted me to explore these questions and more for an […]

Avoid Bad Meetings: Understand Cultural Differences of Time, Hierarchy and Decision Making

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Avoid Bad Meetings: Understand Cultural Differences of Time, Hierarchy and Decision Making

The meeting went badly. Very badly. The CMO was thirty minutes early, and the CEO was twenty minutes late. The COO and CMO were both attempting to lead the meeting, while simultaneously offending each other for doing so. Meanwhile, the CFO and CIO interrupted them constantly, both steering the conversation where they saw fit. After […]

A Deeper Look at Cultural Awareness in the Workplace

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A Deeper Look at Cultural Awareness in the Workplace

Working in Africa taught me the importance of understanding cultural norms. I was managing a Kenyan hotel with 400 international guests over the Christmas holiday. We had arranged it all: fireworks, an African choir to sing carols, and Santa arriving on a camel. Yet, I failed my guests and my team by not bothering to […]

The Problem With Women’s Leadership Programs

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The Problem With Women’s Leadership Programs

Originally published on EVE Programme as part of the series, “Special Focus “Women’s Leadership in the Workplace of Tomorrow“.  There is a disconnect between the future of work and what women’s leadership programs purport to do—develop our future female leaders. Let’s start by looking at a real description of a women’s leadership program currently offered at a […]

Anne Loehr Interviewed by Vorail for the Visually Impaired

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Anne Loehr Interviewed by Vorail for the Visually Impaired

I was honored that Tom Rosenthal of Vorail, a Twitter-like app with a feed of voices rather than 140-characters of text, invited me to speak to the global, visually impaired community. He explained that blind people face mobility challenges and a voice can change their lives. The interview was created to inspire and help their […]

Nine Unconventional Ways Freelancers Landed Gigs

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Nine Unconventional Ways Freelancers Landed Gigs

A version of this article first appeared in Fast Company. According to a recent study by Upwork and the Freelancers Union, the most common places for freelancers to pick up work are friends and family (36%), professional contacts (35%), and online job platforms (29%) like Upwork, Freelancer.com, Guru, and even Craigslist. This breakdown spells trouble […]

How Current Generations Impact Family Wealth, Business, and Philanthropy

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How Current Generations Impact Family Wealth, Business, and Philanthropy

“You can know a thing to death and be for all purposes completely ignorant of it. A man can know his father or his son and there might still be nothing between them but loyalty and love and mutual incomprehension.” – Marliynne Robinson, from her book “Gilead,” the 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction Lisa […]

Miscommunication? Belief Language May Be To Blame

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Miscommunication? Belief Language May Be To Blame

Language plays a crucial role in managing teams and empowering people. Not only is unbiased language powerful, so is behavior language. Let me explain. There are two types of language that is commonly used in organizations: behavior and belief language. Here are the basic definitions of behaviors versus beliefs: What Are Behaviors? Behaviors are what […]