Five Things Brands Need To Know When Working With Influencers

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I've been working for a few years now with multiple brands per year. I have worked with brands in the music industry to emerging technology companies. When I reflect on what has made for a great partnership in the past, there are several themes that crop up over and over again. Conversely, there are other trends that come to mind when I reflect on what has gone terribly wrong in some of these … [Read more...]

S.H.E. Summit Recap: Succeeding on Your Own Terms

Claudia Chan, Founder of S.H.E. Summit

I had the privilege of attending S.H.E. Summit two weekends ago as press. My attendance at the event was the culmination of a two-year promise I made to myself to get there. I stumbled upon this event a few years ago while on Twitter. I saw the hashtag trending and it immediately peaked my interest. I started reading all of the goodness on the hashtag which lead me to Claudia Chan's website and … [Read more...]

The Romper Room of Leadership

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Are we still at a point where leaders are unable to provide their employees with constructive feedback regarding their performance? I’ve recently been made aware of several situations where there are clear deficits in performance from a team perspective in companies. In most instances, everyone on the team knows who is and isn’t pulling their weight and that includes the leaders. You would … [Read more...]

Is the “Grown Up” World Where Talent Goes To Die?

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I am deep into a book called: No Fears, No Excuses: What You Need To Do To Have a Great Career by Larry Smith. In this book, he asserts that: "the grown-up world is where talent goes to die." Reading this statement jolted me gratefully inside - as this is something I have come to realize in my own career journey and in the scope of coaching my clients in business. You may be thinking that this … [Read more...]

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...]