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January 7, 2020

In my prior blog post on strategic planning, I delved into why your organization should have a strategic plan. In this post, I’ll outline how to do it in five steps. When you meet to develop your plan, set aside at least three or four hours, if not a whole day. You’ll...

January 6, 2020

If you’re like me, you’ve been thinking about what 2020 will hold and wanting to make the most of the coming year. For a couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking about my career, my consulting business, and the organizations for which I volunteer. More specifically, I’ve be...

August 2, 2019

On my spring vacation, I had the chance to read several books. Although my typical preferred beach read is a juicy crime fiction* novel, I strayed a bit from my usual genre and now have a recommendation for you--Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup b...

June 24, 2019

This spring, my family and I took six days of vacation during my work break, and we had an exceptionally good time. I had worked very hard leading up to the trip, handing off a few research papers to colleagues before leaving, and I knew that I would come home to multi...

May 28, 2019

In my prior post on employment policies and procedures, I wrote about how to determine which employment policies and procedures are the best fit for your organization’s structure. With a good sense of the overall approach, now it’s time to consider which policies you’l...

April 8, 2019

In my HR work, I get asked a lot of questions about policies and procedures. These days, there are so many that an organization can (and often should) have, but how many and which ones? To answer that, you’ve got to take a step back and think about your organization’s...

March 11, 2019

One year ago, I took the plunge and officially launched my consulting business. While I’d been doing consulting on and off throughout the years, I hadn’t ever launched a professional website or actively sought clients. While I love my full-time job, I was feeling the n...

February 15, 2019

For the last few months, I’ve been running about 30 miles a week, putting in miles day after day, often in the cold, wind, and sometimes rain. I had times when I didn’t feel like running, but instead, I did every single mile on my schedule at the prescribed paces. Why...

January 15, 2019

It’s early January as I write this, and it’s yet another year that I’m not making any New Year’s resolutions. While I love the feeling of renewal each new year brings, my own goal-setting isn’t usually tied specifically to January. I often set goals throughout the year...

October 12, 2018

In late August, Dickerson Management and Career Consulting hosted another successful HR Boot Camp, with HR professionals, small business owners, and managers in attendance. While the questions and discussions ran the gamut, one clear theme emerged: the need to write t...

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