Monday, April 23, 2018

Silicon Valley Women in HR...& Friends Mailing and Event Announcement

Dear Friends,

How are you?

In addition to some brief comments this note will cover our May 16 event. 

Thanks so much to Judy Pearce, Esq. for presenting "Address a Harassment Complaint with Skill & Confidence: Learn Exactly What to Do When an Employee Complains of Sexual Harassment." What a timely topic! Many thanks to our Board members Idit Stefanson and Galina Karpinska who planned and led our event.

Social Networking. We've added a Facebook page and I invite you to join us. As on our LinkedIn group, we'll post event details, articles of interest, and you are more than welcome to join the conversation.

May 16 Event: "The Subtle Dynamics of Gender Bias" with Linda ThompsonIdit Stefanson and Christine Young are our Board Members who've planned this event. You can view event information on our Event Calendar pageFacebookLinkedIn, or go directly to the Eventbrite invitation where you can RSVP.

And now for a few words...

This month I want to address two topics. The first is "fake news" and it's a terrible problem. On my other blog about retirement, I have a page regarding fact check sites and I hope you'll find this useful. It's easy to share items on social media when it looks like it could be right, but you really do have to fact check. I'm cautious and I've been caught by this a couple of times. I'm much more careful now.

The next topic is leadership. When I provided training, I had a workshop on leadership vs. management as they are mostly different skills with some overlap. We've all seen good and poor managers, some of us have never seen good leaders in the workplace whereas others have been fortunate to see both. 

I want to give you a leadership example, one that makes me sad, inspires me, moves me endlessly. It's the kids who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. These teens in the February 14 mass shooting lost 17 classmates, friends and staff members and saw 17 others wounded. These kids are my heroes. They could have gone through life scared, traumatized and too frozen to do anything. But that's not what they did.

These kids are smart, well-educated, great speakers, open to coaching, they are media savvy and understand how government works (or doesn't work) and they are out to protect us all. They have a vision, a mission, they understand how to communicate it and they are getting results. Isn't that leadership? I'm encouraged to know that these kids are our future.

One more thing: I've written a bit about them on Facebook and have seen some stunning comments knocking them for being coached in any way. It is shocking. These kids watched and/or heard the shooting, saw people being shot and saw blood flowing near them as they hid. No one should ever go through such an experience. I don't want to see one bad word about them.

That's my rant for the month! I hope to see you at our next event.

All the best,


Author: "Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens" and "Recruiters on Recruiting” Site

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