Our Companies Are Sick. #1 Advice on How to Get Well? Fire.Them.All.

Paul Hebert Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Managing People, Paul Hebert, Performance Reviews 1 Comment

Bad management is a chronic corporate illness. And it’s an epidemic. Bad management reproduces quickly in today’s world because in many cases (especially in public companies) performance is measured on a quarter to quarter basis and some of the fastest ways to achieve short-term goals is through fear and intimidation. And managers who use those arcane techniques are the people …

HR’s New Motto: “Memento te Esse Iniuriam”

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Change Management, Good HR, HR, Paul Hebert 2 Comments

 “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Ferris Bueller 1986 That infamous line is now 32 years old. And it has never been more true than it is today (more true? I guess in today’s reality there are gradations of true so it works.) Everything moves fast. I …

New Generations Are Spawning! Birth of the Nano-Generation

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Culture, Employee Engagement, Generations, HR, Lance Haun, Paul Hebert

Just when we thought the hype about millennials might die down to a dull roar so we could get back to treating people like, well, people, some consultant needed to make another yacht payment and created a “new” generational cohort. One they could ride for a couple more years until they create something new for corporate HR to feel stupid …

Is Your Investment in Social Recognition Solving a Problem or Creating One?

Paul Hebert Communication, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, HR Tech, Paul Hebert

All the world’s agog over “social recognition.” For those of you in Washington, DC “social recognition” is the act of surfacing recognition in a company through the use of an intranet portal or social stream, much like Facebook, with “likes”, comments, and “way to go Kevin” notations. The goal is to provide increased visibility into all the various recognition events …

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Employees Won’t Notice If You Have Recognition – But Will Leave If You Don’t

Paul Hebert Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert, Recognition

Let’s start with a riddle… The poor have it. The rich need it. If you eat it you will die. What is it? I’ll answer it at the end of the post… trust me… it will connect. While you’re thinking of the answer let’s have a quick chat. I’ve been noticing that the loud and monotonous drumbeat of reward and …

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Are You Earning Your HR Badges?

Paul Hebert HR, Leadership, Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition, Training and Development

A friend of mine, and a true friend of HR, recently posted on Facebook that he received a mentorship badge. That friend was Steve Browne (AKA – @sbrowneHR – the tie-dyed hippie HR man). Actually, it was his FIFTH mentorship badge. The badges Steve is referring to are given to mentors by newly minted Eagle Scouts to recognize those that …

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Why Innovation Requires Rules

Paul Hebert Change, Change Management, Employee Engagement, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Innovation, Paul Hebert

When you hear the word innovation most people think, new, groundbreaking, disruptive, interesting, free-form. The word doesn’t evoke images of strict processes and rules. Yet my experience working with most companies is that rules are required for creating innovative ideas and processes. Let me set up this discussion with a story. About 10 years ago, we took in one of …

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Ask Your Team Why You Suck – The Next Great HR Technique

Paul Hebert Bad HR, Change, HR, Paul Hebert

Sometimes the universe has a way of conspiring to bring you what you need when you need it. I know some of you are thinking the universe did exactly the opposite in the past few months. Except Tom Brady. The universe loves Tom Brady. Rich, sports hero, attractive, attractive wife, 800 thread count sheets (I’m guessing.) I pray his feet …

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Hey HR – Slow Your Roll! These are people’s lives.

Paul Hebert Bad HR, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, Paul Hebert, Performance Reviews, Pop Culture

Are you feelin’ groovy? Are you feeling like the hep cat who ate the canary? Are you one of the first movers who stopped doing annual performance reviews and become too cool for school? Are you one of the folks who saw the bright shiny object and grabbed it? Did you stop doing annual reviews because Consultants who don’t do …