Saturday, December 20, 2014
Posted by Ron Thomas at 5:21 PM
Thursday, December 11, 2014
The year was the early 80’s and he had just picked up his new Cadillac Fleetwood and we were driving back to my home in New Jersey. My parents were in the back seat and my son who was a little boy at that time was sitting in the front with me.
Yes, I did notice that as soon as we passed he pulled out. Minutes later we were pulled over. He walked slowly to the car eyeing everyone in the car. He pulled me over not because I was speeding but as he said “there were reports of stolen cars”. I am like really “stolen cars with senior citizens sitting in the back seat”. He wanted all documentation on this “nice car” as he put it. I literally had to show him that yes my parents just bought this car with all the accompanying documentation.
After checking everything over numerous times, I knew, not to respond, make any “quick moves” etc. because in the blink of an eye, I could have become a statistic like these issues that are going on in the US today
A new generation but same effect
Posted by Ron Thomas at 12:40 AM
Thursday, December 4, 2014
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
“This holiday season, you’ve probably seen or read about all the retailers opening their doors as early as 6 pm on Thanksgiving Day. We have decided not to follow that trend. Instead, we believe family comes first and you should be at home celebrating with them on this special holiday. This means none of our stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day. In addition, none of our stores will be open before 7 am on Black Friday. ” -- Michael R. MacDonald, CEO, DSW Shoes
I came across this on Facebook the other day. It rang so true to me since my wife and a lot of her friends work in retail from the management end.
A visible expression of company culture
One of the great features of the Internet, for me, is to read through the comments of others and get a sense of other people’s concerns.
The comments read:
“I like this company even more! I’ll buy all my shoes and sneakers there from now on.”
“I’ll be shopping at DSW.”
“I wish other stores would follow their lead! Of course if we, as consumers, refused to shop on Thanksgiving the stores would quit opening on family holidays.”
Posted by Ron Thomas at 4:34 AM
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Sunday, November 2, 2014
No matter how far reaching a leader’s vision or how brilliant a company’s strategy may be, neither will be achieved if not supported by organizational culture.
Analyzing his team’s successes, basketball all-star Kobe Bryant of the LA Lakers once told ESPN: “I think we have to start at the top, in terms of the culture of our team. What type of culture do you want to have? What type of system do you want to have? How do you want to play?” Much like any other organization, the LA Lakers uses a top-down approach to team culture, in which the leaders set the tone for the entire team.
Leading by example
Posted by Ron Thomas at 1:56 AM
Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Thursday, September 4, 2014
I have encountered numerous HR professionals recently musing about the difficulty of doing their profession in an organization that could care less.
They read, they discuss where HR is headed, but in their current space, it is light years away from where it should be.
They want more, they dream of more, but they get no more.
After one blog post of mine, someone wrote to me about the frustration she faces. After years of toiling in the transactional nature of her job, it is at a point that she wants to pull her hair out.
When we see the writing on the wall
Her dream and focus is on how HR could really help the business, whether it is in talent management, strategic workforce planning, or tying the HR to the larger organizational goals. However, her manager loves the transactional aspects and does not want to touch the strategic aspects.
Posted by Ron Thomas at 1:35 AM
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
“She said that she remembered me from my last job. I remembered her but did not think she even knew who I was since she was very senior to me.”
As I listened to this conversation the other day, it just confirmed what I always tell everyone. It’s this: someone is always watching your work. By watching, they are creating a vision for you and the brand of you — how you work, what you deliver, your attitude, and the list go on.
Regardless of how you feel about your work, even if you know you are no longer going to be there, always do top-notch work.
We all grow in different directions
As our career expands, you notice that people you worked with over the years have expanded their roles into other companies like tentacles.
Your cube mate today could someday become VP at another firm. Your prior manager could now be heading up a great project at another strong brand. The goofy guy down the hall could be heading a startup.
Posted by Ron Thomas at 6:33 AM
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Posted by Ron Thomas at 6:29 AM
Thursday, August 21, 2014
“I heard you had a tough time getting back to the airport after the HR Leaders Conference in Lagos.”
That was followed by at least a half-hour of further discussion concerning our recent travels. There was no rush to get to the “meat” of the meeting or what it was about.
The next time we got together, the discussion centered around housing and where to live in Dubai, which was followed by a conversation about tuition payments and our past experience working together on an HR panel.
It took a half-hour to actually get to get to the crux of this meeting.
Relax — it’s just a meeting
Doing business in the Middle East is so much different — and relaxing. Meetings are designed for people to
Posted by Ron Thomas at 5:14 AM
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014
As I looked into his eyes, I could see them welling with tears. As he began to speak, his voice cracked, “Mr. Ron we’ll will miss you so much. It has been my honor to know you.”
As I listened, my eyes teared up in synch. These guys had no idea what they have meant to me over this past year.
As I walked from department to department, the reaction was mostly the same — we were saying our goodbyes. Having spent close to 15 months in a new environment with a workforce that could rival the United Nations — including multiple languages and customs — I was proud of myself for having connected with them.
Every unique experience must come to an end
As I walked out for the last time, the security guard who manned the front gate came out and gave me a big hug. Through broken English he said “picture,” and pointed at his cell phone. We embraced and took our photo. By this time, the gate was full with everyone wishing me congratulations, and one of my co-workers offering to give me a ride home as opposed to having to catch a taxi.
Posted by Ron Thomas at 2:29 AM
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
“This is not good. One of the guys on the marketing team I work with just got fired. OMG, they just fired another one. It is just crazy around here now.”
As I read the text messages, I could feel the tension that must have permeated this workplace.
The text was from someone who had been in the world of work for four years out of college. This situation with them went on for two days, and as I got the blow-by-blow, it felt like being in a war zone.
The question that probably popped in her mind was, “Am I next?” When I asked that question, her response was, “I honestly don’t know, but I do know that I am backing up all my work just in case.”
So when the dust settled, the leaders of this company called an all-hands-on-deck meeting to talk about the new corporate strategy. Oh, they also discussed the layoffs.
Who are these people?
Posted by Ron Thomas at 1:16 AM
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
I recently received a note from my good friend Sharlyn Lauby(aka, the HRBartender) in reference to a question that shereceived from one of her readers:
How did you prepare for your new human resources role in Saudi Arabia? The country has different cultures, business traditions, and labor laws.
What I realized is that the story behind me making the move from New York City to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia could possibly fill a book [to be announced at a later date].
My thoughts were about how you prepare for this type move, especially if it is an independent move sans large company with a mobility program and all their support.
So, as I thought through my approach to this question, I wanted to capture some of what I learned and what to look for, not only for moving to Saudi Arabia, but with any expat opportunity that might come along.
While you can find tons of information on any country, the best way forward is through expat blogs. Regardless of the country, somebody took it upon themselves to write about it.
Posted by Ron Thomas at 4:47 AM