In my email box this morning was a message from my former career coach, Denise Cooper of Remarkable Leadership Lessons, Inc.  “Morning Becky. I was just cleaning and decluttering my office and came across your file. We’ve known each other for about 10 years. Now #9 at work. Celebrate your day.” My memory flew back to […]

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One of the challenges of any working relationship is when and how to properly resign. Whether you have worked with a company for decades, or are completing your 90-day introductory period, it can be awkward and even painful to exit gracefully. Let’s say you’ve made the decision to leave. Assuming there are no legal reasons […]

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As an HR professional, I feel compelled to weigh in on the current Sexual Harassment Revolution. It is a revolution. Things are just getting started. Hang with me here. Some of this may surprise you. My career spans four decades.  I have facilitated sexual harassment training for businesses, non-profits and small companies, conducted several harassment […]

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As few years back, my husband and I accompanied college friends to the NC State vs. Tennessee football game in Atlanta. Our alma mater, The Wolfpack, was annihilated. After the game, while commiserating over drinks the word SCHADENFREUDE came up. Never heard of the word. According to Encarta it means ‘gloating at somebody else’s bad […]

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It’s the season of gift lists, gift wrap, gift cards, gift giving, gift tags, gift receiving, gift shipping, gift delivery, gift exchanging, gift returns. It’s a gift marathon.  To successfully pull it off in record time you need energy, monetary resources, degrees in finance, creativity, logistics and a pack of patience. There is a gift aspect […]

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It’s a tradition that I write an annual DOG DAYS column. It began when I was editor of the employee newsletter at the Independent-Mail.  Decades later, I’m still at it. My husband and I are moving during these hottest, most miserable weeks of the year. Don’t misunderstand. We are MIGHTY thankful. It’s just poetic justice! As […]

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Who ISN’T experiencing life with Millennials these days?  Millennials are those born @ 1981 – 1997, a/k/a Generation Y (Why? Why? Why?) a/k/a the ME, ME, ME generation. They are also called the Echo Boomers as most of them are children of Baby Boomers who created their birth rate surge. My two sons are Millennials (technically). Neither […]

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By request, the next few posts will explore the hottest NOT new topic in workplaces: MILLENNIALS.  Everybody’s talkin’ ’bout ‘um! Today is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. “On the fourth Thursday of each April, more than 37 million workplaces participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. This year marks the 21st anniversary,” […]

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A year ago while writing 2015’s Life Lessons (never posted), a string of inconceivable events occurred, my world tipped on its axis, and life hasn’t been the same. Some of those events are covered in previous posts but I decided I needed to articulate,at least for myself, what 2016 taught me. Lesson One: As you grow […]

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Last weekend I headed to town for some quick shopping. I do a lot of people watching and like to spot folks, (especially employees) doing great things. They rarely receive praise – but sometimes, to know that someone noticed, well, it’s Christmas. Stop #1: The deli counter at a local grocery. Employees were having a grand time, making […]

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