Influence 101 – It’s Not Enough To Ask For A Raise: Understand Who You’re Asking

Kris Dunn Kris Dunn, Making Offers, Negotiation, Payroll, Performance 0 Comments

Raises. Of course you should ask for them. Don’t get caught thinking the market inside your company will take care of you. But with that said, let’s break down a couple of realities: 1. Only good-to-great performers really have leverage to ask for more money. If you’re not in that group, you can throw a legal fastball by somebody for equity, …

The Training Epidemic at Starbucks (1st World Problems Edition)…

Kris Dunn Kris Dunn, Training and Development 0 Comments

Starbucks – it’s a great company. Examples: –Marketing – they made me pay 3 bucks for a cup of coffee (check). –Employee Love – they hire well, and they take care of employees through things like full tuition aid (check). –Training – their Baristas know what they are doing, and… Wait a second. Can I go off on a rant …

The Movie “Clerks” Proves The Innovators Are The Ones With Great Careers

Kris Dunn Kris Dunn, Talent Strategy 1 Comment

We’ve said it in this space before. Follow along from home or the office: –Great performers/talent see the world differently than others… –Exceeds performance should be reserved for the game changers… –Innovators do unexpected things others think are crazy… I know, you’ve heard it before. If you’re a top performer, it doesn’t matter what you do for a living – …

When Training Is Acquired By HR

Kris Dunn Bad HR, Change Management, HR, Kris Dunn, Learning and Development, Seat at the Table, T+D, Training and Development 1 Comment

Let’s face it—one of the things that gets slung on the world of HR at some point is the Training Department. What type of training you ask? Well, the circle of life that usually happens is that Training resides in the field organizations for long periods of time, then at some point the powers that be decide that… Shazam! Training …

Grading the Clinton/Trump vs Bush/Gore Workplace Bullying Responses

Kris Dunn Employee Communications, Kris Dunn 3 Comments

Ah yes. The workplace.  Full of great people, colleagues, mentors… And jerks who try to bully you. Jerks who try to bully you come in a lot of flavors in the workplace.  Some are obvious (they’re direct, maybe even profane) and some are less obvious (you have to watch body language, backchannel communications and more). Workplaces also come in a …

Your Professional Conduct Policy > Freedom of Speech

Kris Dunn Free Speech, Kris Dunn, Personal Conduct Policy

The biggest lie the devil ever told your employees is that Freedom of Speech protects them from being fired. Nothing could be further from the truth.  There are things that protect employees from being fired – things like employment contracts, friends in high places within your company, proactive lawsuits they’ve filed that are the equivalent of poison pills for companies …

A Man’s DIY Guide to Rid Your Company of Gender-Related Harassment

Kris Dunn Harassment, Kris Dunn

Ready for some mansplaining?  Good, because I’m a guy, and damn, it seems like companies are having a hard time avoiding gender-related harassment.  So I’m here to help. I’m referring to s*x**l harassment, but I have to call it gender-related harassment because a lot of you have email filters at the corporate level that won’t allow content in with the …

Should You Always Pick Talent Over Trust?

Kris Dunn Kris Dunn, Organizational Development, Talent Strategy

That’s a loaded/trick question. You probably reacted to that by thinking, “We have nothing if we don’t have trust.”  To me, I’m not sure – I think it depends on your definition of trust. Do you think trust is integrity at all times and ethics? How do you measure that? Is trust doing things like you expect them to be …

Never Let Your Boss Tell You How Other People Feel About You Without Forcing These 2 Questions…

Kris Dunn Kris Dunn, Leadership

Dateline: Somewhere in Corporate America. The Scene: A C-Level is telling the HR pro who reports to him what another C-level thinks about her performance (hint—it’s not glowing). The Mistake: The HR Pro in question thinks that since the C-Level reporting the feedback is supportive of her (it’s the other guy with the problem, right?), she doesn’t have to challenge him …