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Lower Work Stress: Learn To 'Not Give A Ship'

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By:Rod Lacey Sunstone HR (Human Resource Consulting)
"Be a rock-star at the things you can control and do your best to not “give-a-ship” about the rest."


Life is stressful, extremely busy and naturally gives us plenty to worry about. We are surrounded by an innumerable set of factors that can influence every moment of every day. As we interact with people, their behaviors and choices have an impact on us. Everything we touch during the day has an impact. Even the weather has a bearing on our daily experience.
To optimize the amount of peace I enjoy, and to minimize my stress, one of the skills I’ve tried to fine-tune is the ability to separate these daily influences into two separate camps: Things I cannot control, and Things within my control.My ultimate goal with this exercise is: Do the very best I can at the things within my control, and Don’t “give a ship” about the restAllow me to make a couple of absolute statements to illustrate my point:
If I’ve done the very best I can do…

Amplify HR Department Service Levels - Let's Serve Boundaryless!

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By:Rod Lacey Sunstone HR (Human Resource Consulting)
"HR leaders, I am encouraging you to open the gates and tear down the walls."


On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan delivered a speech in Berlin at the Brandenberg Gate and issued a challenge to the Soviets:
“There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
I want to introduce “one sign the” HR leader in an organization “can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the” service level of the HR department in the organization. HR leaders, I am encouraging you to open the gates and tear down the walls.
What I am referring to is what I call Boundaryless Service. If a human resource team can embrac…

Written Communications: "If You Can Read This, You're In Trouble"

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By:Rod Lacey Sunstone HR (Human Resource Consulting)
There are many measurements of time, one of the shortest being the nano-second. There is a new time metric that has been defined as the “ohno-second”, or the time between when you click “Send” and you realize that you’ve just made a huge mistake. Maybe you’ve ‘replied to all’ by accident, or sent confidential information to the wrong “John.”
Carved In Stone
One of my favorite activities on a vacation is to look for ancient petroglyphs. These carvings in rocks have lasted hundreds or even thousands of years. What was written long ago still exists today. We may not understand the meaning or original intent, but those images and once-important stories are on track to last forever.
With the current, heavy reliance on written communications in business, and the ease that has been created by text, email, social media and instant messaging, the face-to-face conversations are slowly losing their valuable place in our communication style. "W…