Author Archives: Barbara Milhizer

Flex Your Brain: Re-think the Routine

Let’s be clear. I don’t like laundry, grocery shopping or cooking. However, I find myself in charge of my 8-year-old boy in …

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Plan Fail? Change the Plan

Sometimes you have to get off the boat. I am a vacation task-master. I keep a magic yellow folder of the itinerary …

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SHRM Fails Communication 101

As an SPHR (certified human resources professional), I should be worked up about SHRM’s recent announcement that they are pursuing their own …

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Looking out for #1: Confidence without the Goods

Recently the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) released its survey of math, science, and reading skills of 500,000 15 year olds …

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Is Recognition Killing Your Stars?

My last weekend was spent reading 33 college scholarship applications from some amazing kids. They didn’t just volunteer, they started charities. They …

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Surprising Winners in the New War for Talent

In his book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, Malcolm Gladwell spends a lot of time talking about …

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Listen up! Hold off on that reply

My colleague, Martha Duesterhoft wrote a great blog recently on humility in leadership. One of those characteristics, she asserted, was listening intently — listening more and …

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Benchmarks Gone Bad

Buds are on the trees, birds are chirping and spring is in the air. In Texas, that can only mean one thing …

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