Last week we looked at how the Affirmative Action regulations’ and OFCCP define an “applicant”, or more specifically, an Internet Applicant, under the Internet Applicant Rule. (Click here if you missed that.)  It comes with significant recordkeeping requirements. If you are a federal (sub-) contractor, it therefore warrants your full attention. Suppose you, choose to use software to track individual applicants, resumes and other phases of pre-employment screening, aka an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). You could still

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Recently while standing on the south bank of Green Lake in Wisconsin, I noticed a large number of fishes in three feet of water or less.  Bass, bluegill and yellow perch were readily available for the prepared angler.  Usually, when in shallow water, fish are easy to catch. The next day at the same time I returned to the same location and there were no fish to be seen!  What happened?  Change; the warm, southern

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All movement in the flow of life is turbulent and, therefore, unpredictable. In other words, life isn’t linear (a straight line). As a result of the turbulent flow of life, the future is unknowable. Predicting the future is an exercise in probability analysis. For example, if I take these actions now, there is a 70% probability that in two years I shall arrive at this outcome. Turbulence almost guarantees that it is not a question

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    “Whatever you are willing to put up with, is exactly what you will have.” —  Anonymous That is so true!  How people treat us, in the end, is our responsibility. Think about the times, at home, socially or at work, when you’ve allowed someone to take advantage of you and you let it pass.  Maybe an employee tends to run late for meetings, and you’re often left waiting—and fuming.  Or your boss blows

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It happens sometimes.  We clash with people at work, but there’s a better way through the right kind of communication.     Recently, I had a spirited discussion with a woman who works for me who had made some mistakes I just had to address.  Our exchange was tense at times, and we eventually worked things out, but the most interesting thing to come out of it was what we learned from the experience.  

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How many times have you been in someone’s office and they have asked you to close the door? The story that follows is usually about someone in management that 1) did not do what he said he would do, 2) verbally supported a new policy in a staff meeting, but refused to implement it when the time came, or 3) stayed in his office instead of going to a meeting to solve a problem that

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Success happens when you see yourself—your strengths and weaknesses–clearly.   By Beate Chelette, The Women’s Code   If you’ve ever watched American Idol, you’ve seen weekly examples of what I call the denial phenomenon. During auditions, particularly untalented singers seem to firmly believe that they are amazing. Their ill-fated and often horrible auditions are followed by utter disbelief that they are not “going to Hollywood.” That got me thinking. As business owners, what if we

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“Undercover Boss” is one of my favorite shows. Every Friday night a CEO “discovers” good people when he cuts through management layers, policies and processes to learn the truth about his organization. By becoming a participating member in these processes, he finds people in problem solving mode every day and managers that show poor leadership by refusing to address the root causes of the problems. Managers frequently refuse to fix problems that hide the potential

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Leadership wisdom: do you have it?   Do you know the difference between experience and time spent on the job?  Wise leaders do.  Read the following story taken from Understanding Your Role As A Leader.   I will not make any conclusions or issue any challenges.  Both of those are up to you.   Early in the 20th century the Campisano family movde from Italy to North America.  Finding himself in a new country and in a

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I attended a business meeting today for which I was the facilitator and observed one individual I’ll call Michael, exhibit poor leadership skills. He had a lot to say about everything discussed and was a poor listener to other attendees who asked clarifying questions or had contrary viewpoints. Twice in the meeting he mentioned that he had been rebuffed by the group and did not care whether his views were shared by all members of

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