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Jun 29

Every First Internship Should be a Sales Internship!

So, it’s that time of year. Bring in the interns and show them what they’ll never do or see again in the real world when they get their first job! I’m only half joking. Most internships I hear about today (and I hear about a lot – I’ve got two sons in college!) aren’t coming […]

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Jun 19

How Big Is Your Hotel Room? Measuring your HR Influence! #SHRM17

Just got off the spring HR conference season, although it seems like the HR/TA conference season is now never ending. It used to be the conference season for HR and TA conferences were spring and fall, with the one outlier being SHRM National at the end of June. Now, you can go to a conference […]

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Jun 5

The Sackett Commencement Speech!

(I’m on vacation today at my nephew’s graduation! So, I thought to re-run this post made sense! Enjoy!)  It’s that time of year when universities and high schools go through graduation ceremonies and we celebrate educational achievements.  It’s also that time of year when you get bombarded with every great commencement speech ever given.  There […]

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May 12

People Who Are Always Late Are the Real Terrorists

I have a confession to make. I’m anally retentive on time. I’m so on time, that if I’m ‘on time’ I think I’m late. For me, being on time means I’m ten minutes early to whatever it is I’m scheduled to do. If I know I might be late, I get anxiety. My close friends, […]

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May 8

How to get your first HR job!

It’s graduation season which means I get a ton of messages from new HR grads asking for advice. I heard from someone at SHRM that there are currently 8,000 human resource’s university programs in the world currently. Doesn’t that seem like a huge number? I’m not sure we actually need 8,000 HR post-high school programs […]

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Apr 19

You need to be a part of a Professional Tribe

One of the things I speak about when presenting to HR pros is there need to become part of the ‘Tribe’.  Meaning, if you want to have your seat at the table, you want to gain influence with your leadership team, you need to become part of that tribe.  How do you do that? Well, […]

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Apr 7

The Single Best Incentive You Can Offer Millennials!

The world is millennial crazy. If you read this blog you know I think about 99% of the millennial stuff is pure B.S. (we were all young once, it’s mostly great, but sometimes sucks, buy a helmet!), but every once in a while I find something that really hits home. Student debt is the real […]

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Mar 27

Body Language Matters in Recruiting Great Talent

So, possibly the greatest basketball coach of all time is University of Connecticut’s Women’s Basketball coach, Geno Auriemma.  He currently has a 109 game winning streak in NCAA Division I basketball. Many of his current players have never lost a collegiate game! You have no idea how unreal that streak is. It’s not like he […]

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Mar 1

Why do you still give out performance ratings?

Let me give you a quick breakdown of how 100% of your employees feel about the performance rating they will receive this year: Performance Rating on a 1 (you suck and should be shot) to 5 (we couldn’t live without you):  Rating of 5 –  The message you were trying to send: “We value your […]

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Feb 27

Would You Hire Magic Johnson?

(this is Magic and I at a recent MSU basketball game) You might not have paid attention to this because you’re not a sports geek, more specifically an NBA sports geek, but the Los Angeles Lakers just hired their most famous player ever, Magic Johnson, to be their President of Basketball Operations. If you know anything […]

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