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The “H” Stands for Human

06/22/2021 | Dee Yingst

I’m a big fan of automating processes where appropriate. However, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

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Because Math is Hard!

04/19/2021 | Dee Yingst

I have a simple math problem for you. If you have 2 apples and I give you 2 more, how many apples do you have? You don’t have to watch Sesame Street to know that you now have 4 apples, right? Straightforward and simple.  

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HR is Never "Just" HR

03/18/2021 | Dee Yingst

I’m not sure any department’s mettle has been tested this past year in quite the same way as HR. It was about a year ago that I asked all of you in HR how you were holding up and now I’m back to ask again. When we started this “adventure” we didn’t know what to expect but we stepped up anyway, and did what we needed to do to hold our organizations together. It’s what we do.

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Today Was a Really Long Week

11/01/2020 | Dee Yingst

Have you ever had one of those days where it feels like everybody wants a piece of you?  Your office phone is ringing.  Your cell phone is ringing.  You’re watching your email inbox furiously scroll as it loads and loads and loads new messages.  Aaaaannnnd you have people waiting in and around your office. 

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Phone Screens, and Voice Mail, and Laundry! Oh My!

10/01/2020 | Dee Yingst

I’m not a fan of phone interviews. I know sometimes they’re necessary, but that doesn’t mean I have to like them.  They are definitely important if the job includes communication mostly via telephone.  In these instances, I will first hold a phone screen so I can assess how you would sound to our customers – are you able to explain concepts in a clear manner, how’s your phone etiquette, do you interrupt the caller – things like that. Having done a fair number of these screenings lately, I thought I’d share some important lessons I wish everyone knew.

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Just Do It.

07/01/2020 | Dee Yingst

You know, I really hate wearing a mask. I don’t like how close it gets to my eyes, I don’t like the steam that makes my face feel like it’s melting, it smooshes my hair, it makes my nose itch,  and my ears stick out like taxicab doors.

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Hey HR: How are You Holding Up?

04/01/2020 | Dee Yingst

So….here we are….working from home. Or maybe you’re at home but not able to work... or you’re continuing to have to report to work armed with a gallon of hand sanitizer, a homemade mask, and hope.

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What’s Luck Got to Do with It?

03/01/2020 | Dee Yingst

Keeping your plan compliant isn’t a matter of luck; it’s about finding out what you don’t know and making it happen.

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Winners Know When to Quit

02/01/2020 | Dee Yingst

We’ve all heard the saying: winners never quit, and quitters never win.  The problem with that advice is that it’s not true. Not only do quitters win, sometimes it’s necessary to quit to win. The trick is knowing what to quit and when. Here’s where we can find some great advice in an unlikely place – a country music song from 1978.

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Finding Your Joy in Small Ways

01/01/2020 | Dee Yingst

It’s time for your annual New Year’s reminder: You’re Not Broken.

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Mandatory is not Merry and Other Holiday Celebration Advice

12/01/2019 | Dee Yingst

Don’t you just love the colors of the holiday season? The green trees… the white lights…the red bows…the blue liquid capsules of headache medicine….wait..what? 

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Is Your ‘Check Attitude’ Light On?

11/01/2019 | Dee Yingst

Happy November! With the Thanksgiving season upon us, it’s a great time to ask ourselves if we have an ‘attitude of gratitude’ or if we are just moving through life oblivious to the world around us. 

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Do I Know You?

09/01/2019 | Dee Yingst

Imagine meeting someone that you want to impress and you call them the wrong name; you would be mortified, right?  The same principles apply to electronic communication.

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Does this make my butt look big?

08/01/2019 | Dee Yingst

I don’t understand why telling the truth is such a hard concept for some people. I “get” that people want to save face, help someone else save face, or just not hurt someone else’s feelings, and might choose to not fully disclose something. There are limits, however, and if we’re not cognizant of them we risk making a difficult situation even worse and potentially destroying a relationship.

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My Number 1 Rule for Managers: Don’t be a Jerk

07/01/2019 | Dee Yingst

If you can’t be a decent human being, then management probably isn’t for you.

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Got Manners? Use ‘em! Basic Interview Etiquette

06/01/2019 | Dee Yingst

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, the universe sets out to prove that you haven’t.

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Are you really going to wear that?!

05/01/2019 | Dee Yingst

Ah, summer. The time of increases in temperature and decreases in fabric that can lead a person to wonder whether some people have mirrors at home. Goodness.

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“A Jester Unemployed is Nobody’s Fool”

04/01/2019 | Dee Yingst

I have a pretty good sense of humor and I like a good laugh. (This month’s blog title is actually a line from one of my favorite movies – “The Court Jester” with Danny Kaye. Very silly movie.) I have a big laugh – no sweet little giggles here - it’s not at all unusual to hear my great big belly laugh emanating from my office on any given day.  

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You can change a tire, but you can’t change a person

03/01/2019 | Dee Yingst

Many years ago, a gentleman applied for a lead sales/consulting position in the agency in which I worked. Because I was familiar with this individual, my manager asked me for my thoughts on his suitability for the role. I commented that his technical skills were quite good but I was concerned about his interpersonal skills. When asked for more detail, the only way I could articulate my comment was to say he’s the type that would be nice to you, but rude to the waiter. He didn’t get the job.

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Can You Hear Me Now?

02/01/2019 | Dee Yingst

Have you ever had an entire conversation with someone and you suspect they didn’t really hear a word you said? Oh, they nodded in all the right places and you maybe even got an affirmative grunt or two, but you know they weren’t really listening. Or maybe you were the grunter because your mind was someplace else.

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Resolve to Accept

01/01/2019 | Dee Yingst

Last week was just not my week. I was really sick, my heat pump at home went out, my office looks like a tornado went through it, I was not at the top of my game and I just felt like I was letting everyone down.  It sucked in ways I cannot even explain. Add to that, all around me are the New Year’s Resolutions lists. Whether it’s a personal resolution list or a career-focused list, so many of those lists focus on ‘fixing’ what’s ‘wrong’ with us. You know the ones; they start with New Year! New You! and implore you to start the newest diet, exercise every day, change the way you work, blah blah blah and essentially remind you of just how ‘broken’ you are. I didn’t need the reminder.

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Happy ChristmaKwanzukah!

12/01/2018 | Dee Yingst

Isn’t that a great quote?  For the life of me I can’t remember where I heard it or who said it – but it’s still a great quote and very appropriate at this time of year.

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