Three Lessons I Have Learned From Five Years of Blogging

Three Lessons I Have Learned From  Five Years of Blogging

September 13th will mark the 5 year anniversary of The Aristocracy of HR. I certainly never set out to become a blogger, so reaching this milestone is pretty darn special. There were quite a few people who gave me a chance and supported from the very beginning. I'll give them a shout out next week as well as address how I stumbled upon blogging; but for the purpose of this post I want to explore … [Read more...]

The Cloak of Silence: Why Your Employees Won’t Communicate

The Cloak of Silence-Why Your Employees Won't Communicate

There are all of these articles about communication and engagement. I have contributed my thoughts in some of them. They are all useful in some regard if you want to get to the bottom of your engagement and communication issues. Except, we would have to include the one nuisance variable that most leaders and companies won't cop to and that is: The cloak of silence. We are working and living in … [Read more...]

Three Reasons Why Failure Feels So Permanent

Three Reasons Why Failure Feels So Permanent

I was on Facebook last week and happened to see a headline that actor, Will Smith had some choice words for "The Donald". I clicked on the headline and watched the video of his press conference in Dubai for Suicide Squad. When probed by a member of the Dubai press about the negative reviews of Suicide Squad he said the following: " I feel like at this point in my career I've earned the right to … [Read more...]

Startups Are Enjoying Human Resources A La Carte

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The definition of "a la carte" is: separately priced items from a menu, not as a part of a set meal. I am seeing a trend in my business that suggests that HR has a value in businesses still, but the need and delivery preference is more "a la carte" in nature. This means that smaller companies and startups don't have the capital, need or want for a full-fledged HR department, but will seek out … [Read more...]

Ask Czarina Live Replay: How My Daughters Inspired My Last Livestream

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Last week, I shared my thoughts on the importance of speaking up when things have gone horribly wrong in society. I also shared that I would be hosting my "Black Out Show" as my first Ask Czarina Live after vacation. What I didn't realize was how much extra courage and strength I had to muster up to get through my show. It's one thing to tell yourself you are going to do something monumental. … [Read more...]

Lift Every Voice: Why Now Is Not The Time To Be Quiet

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Many years ago, my parents enrolled me in a camp near my childhood home. The children that attended the camp were mostly black with a sprinkling of Latinos. Besides the usual water gun fights, outdoor sports and movies - I learned something that summer. It was the goal of the camp organizers that every one of us campers learned the black national anthem. If you are African-American and you grew up … [Read more...]

Detoxing and Affirmations: An Entrepreneur’s Promise

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Aristocracy of HR community, the time has come for your Czarina to take a break. In 2013, I started off my year by speaking about “introspection and execution” (see here for that post). I made some promises to myself and put some things out in the universe that make more sense in 2016 than they did back then. It's time for me to make good on what I promised myself, but first a look back and some … [Read more...]

There’s Nothing Kush-y About Marijuana Legalization: What Businesses Need To Know

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Marijuana Legalization has been a topic that evaded me until recently. I had no real interest in it. That was until I started watching a channel called Viceland on my Amazon TV. There is this very interesting show called 'Weediquette'. The show is hosted by Krishna Andavolu and chronicles him visiting not only U.S. states that have legalized marijuana - but families and businesses affected by the … [Read more...]

Plugging-In When Your Inspiration and Energy Takes a Timeout

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For at least the past two weeks, I have been beyond tired and uninspired to write anything new. I am not a fan of forcing myself to write when I'm not feeling it, so I decided to honor the space I have been in. To describe the feeling, I have felt like I am in abyss of a wandering mind and unable to dig myself out of it. I started out with the obvious feelings and reactions of being mad at … [Read more...]

When There Are No Resources For Your “Human” Resources

When There Are No Resources For Your Human Resources

I completely get that there are many businesses that continue to feel the pinch financially. With that "pinch" it requires cutbacks in certain areas and in some cases across the board. One of the areas I am seeing some less than reasonable cuts in is: supplies and tools. You may be thinking that this is extremely reasonable to do in a time of strained budgets, but it really isn't. Please know … [Read more...]