Category: Human Resources

Reputation: a Matter of Trust

Today I recommend thinkpurpose’s post Why I Don’t Care About the Reputation of my Organisation. …If you aim for a good reputation, trust takes a back seat. Spin, presentation and image are the easy ways to a good reputation but trust is made from simpler and sterner stuff. It has to be based on something

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Chocaholics, Beware of Vendors Bearing Gifts

Back when I started working for the Pretty Small School District, my boss would pass out tickets to professional hockey games.  She would say something like “Look, I have these tickets and I’m not that interested in hockey.”  So Spouse and I would go. I later found out that the tickets came from one of the district’s vendors. Back then

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Oh Crap!

Some time back I was a passenger in a car that my friend was driving.  We were sideswiped by a 17-year-old driver in a massive truck.  This smashed the passenger side.  We were pushed into the central freeway barrier.  This smashed the driver’s side.  Then we spun around several times and ended up on the shoulder,

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Victimized by a Bag of Trash

A long time ago I moved into a modest apartment in a poorer part of town.  I opened the back window and was at once assaulted by an unpleasant odor.  I soon located the source of the stench: an oversized heavy-duty black trash bag on the back balcony filled with moldy garbage. I was incensed.  My thinking

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The Job Interview and The Unwelcome Question

First, I introduce everyone in the room.  Then I quickly review the hiring process. Then I say “Unless you have anything you want or ask or say, we will begin.”  Mostly the interview then gets underway. Occasionally, though, I will get this: Before we begin would you tell me what you are looking for in a candidate?

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A Different Approach to Hiring?

Over the years I have hired a some stars and some near misses as well.  Upon reflection my hires generally fall into four groups: Intelligent, motivated, with great interpersonal skills (IQ, MQ, EQ).  These are our stars, who are promoted quickly. Intelligent, motivated, with poor interpersonal skills (IQ, MQ).  Despite their talents and eagerness, they irritate their fellow workers. 

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Speed versus Quality

Bob came to see me.  “When the examiners come just say Plan, Do, Check, Act.”  “Um, What?”  “Oh and Alignment and Implementation.  That’s key.”  I rolled my eyes only after he left my office.  The Baldridge examiners were coming and I had a script to follow, apparently. Thanks Cavegirl for the book recommendation Why Business

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The Turquoise Cat

I once worked with a woman who claimed that she owned a turquoise cat.  She couldn’t understand the amazement and disbelief that she encountered whenever she said it.  Eventually, one skeptical acquaintance visited her at home.  “Um, isn’t your cat tortoiseshell?”  “Yes, why?”  “Well you’ve been telling everyone it is turquoise.” The moral of the story

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The Money Grab

A recent video accuses “special interests” and “school district insiders” of trying to get their hands on money intended for high needs students.  Sigh. Let’s stop using charged words when important decisions about the future of education are at stake. The terms “insiders” and “special interests” are derogatory. They imply that teachers and district officials are trying to hoodwink parents.  Seemingly, if you

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Professional Development: it’s Tricky (Woo)

I recently saw a coaching app that uses the slogan “closing the accountability gap”.  It is an app designed to be used by professional athletes and their coaches.  This really resonated with me.  In education we talk about various types of gaps.  Achievement gaps and opportunity gaps are mentioned in terms of what we adults are not providing to

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