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From The HBR Blog Network: Say No Without Burning Bridges by Holly Weeks

Saying no at the right time can be difficult. It runs counter to our natural tendency to want to please others by not disappointing them. However, the disappointment comes later when the obligation is indefinitely deferred due to the reality of other competing responsibilities. Holly offers real world advice on how to say no with positive intent. Her three steps include:

1. Stay on topic.
2. Stick with it.
3. Be realistic.

Promise Nothing If You Can’t Execute by Roy Orsin on Talent Culture. Roy writes a solid companion piece to Holly’s blog on saying no.

Promise and deliver; the formula that will make you special and separate you from the herd.

Roy’s four steps are:

1.Get your plan “just about right.”
2. Cut the “crap”.
3. Focus on the critical few, NOT the possible many.
4. Plan on the run.

All good & balanced advice towards achieving solid execution.

The Ten Commandments of HR by William Tincup on Fistful of Talent.

I’ve been dabbling with my own version of HR Rules. Now Mr Tincup comes along & trumps that idea exercise. That’s okay, I’ve got a complimentary theme in mind – stay tuned.

(01) You shall have no other gods before Me.

Translation for HR professionals: Thou shall put company objectives before your own objectives. Turns out, the priorities and initiatives of the firm ARE the only games in town. Get on board with that you egomaniac.

HR, Coaching, and Therapy-Light by Laurie Ruetimann.

You can do this therapy yourself by answering Laurie’s What, When & How questions.

Sometimes these questions lead us to bigger discussions about how to manage the crazy complexities of the modern HR department. Sometimes these questions are pointless and barely scratch the surface of dysfunctional work environments.

After answering each of the plethora of questions, take a moment to buy Laurie’s book for more advice.

As a photographer, this last one is particularly alarming.
Maine Couple Sues Portland Police After Arrest for Cell Phone Recording —as reported by Susan Sharon of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Bar Harbor couple arrested in Portland last May after using a cell phone to record a police stop involving several officers. In their lawsuit against Sgt. Benjamin Noyes, Jr., the couple allege that the arrest violated their right to free speech, which includes the right to observe, photograph and record the police performing their work in public.

Bonus material from the ACLU – Know Your Rights: Photographers.

Taking photographs of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is a constitutional right – and that includes federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties.

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