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4 thoughts on “The Blank Stare”

  • LNWEsq4

    I enjoyed this article! And I use the blank stare as well. :)

    • Buzz Rooney

      In your profession, I think the blank stare is absolutely necessary.

  • Gotta say, I don’t agree with you. I don’t want people to have a healthy fear of HR. I want them to love HR. I want them to do the right thing so I don’t have to use the blank stare or put on the black hat of HR..(blog post coming soon).
    For those reading this comment, Buzz is a great great friend and HR professional so there is no hard feelings or bad blood, we just disagree on this like we did on the whole Lamar Odom situation. Poor Lam-lam.

    Alright good stuff.

    • Buzz Rooney

      I don’t think we’re disagreeing. I don’t want HR to be “the bad guy” — but I don’t want them to be “the punk” either. Everyone comes to HR because we’re the heart of the organization — and they think this means we’re soft. Well, actually the heart is the STRONGEST muscle in the body and it’s strength, health are most critical. It has to be guarded — and I think the blank stare is one way to do that. I want employees and managers to know that HR takes things seriously — but we will not be manipulated by emotional pleas. Underneath the surface, I may be screaming, weeping, angry, etc — but my face always says “I hear you. I will look into it and get back to you with the resolution as soon as possible.”

      As for Lammy, we were actually both right. On an upcoming episode of KUWTK, he tells Bruce that his personal problems combined with the shock of the trade and his reality show fame had him messed up and impacted his play. So he and Khloe make the decision to end their spin-off show so he can focus on training and playing. But I am still mad at the media for being so callous in their criticism of him — and I think it’s a lesson for HR because we cannot afford to be callous toward people.

      And yes, readers, it’s not that serious. Chris is my dude. We agree to disagree as professionals sometimes but continue to encourage and support each other always. Good stuff, indeed.