A Real Talent Strategy, Terminate Employment At-Will

Ed Baldwin Audacious Ideas, Benefits, Ed Baldwin, Employment Law

How much of your current time and energy as an HR pro these days is being put into creating a talent strategy for your company?  A strategy that differentiates your company from others by attracting and retaining the very best to come to work for our company, rather than the competition? Yeah, that’s pretty much what we are all working …

Is Employer Branding Killing Corporate Culture and Employee Engagement?

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Paul Hebert

In the context of the real world “employer branding” is fairly new. According to Wikipedia it was first defined in the Journal of Brand Management in 1996 as an attempt to connect consumer brand management techniques to human resources. The first book on employer branding was published in 2005 (The Employer Brand, Bringing the Best of Brand Management to People …

HR: Think you’re the corporate expert on identifying deceptive liars? Wrong

Dawn Burke Audacious Ideas, Communication, Conferences, Dawn Burke

When we look back at our lives we recall those one or two times we were deceived. We’ve all been deceived at one point or another.  When we realize it, usually too late, it hits us over the head like a hammer. We ask, how could I let this happen? Why didn’t I see this sooner? Why didn’t I stop …

Facts of (Work) Life: “Manager Pass-Through”

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kris Dunn, Workforce Management Articles

I wrote about the manager pass-through in 2011.  It’s an important fact of life in every organization, so I’m writing about it again today. Here’s the trick: Imagine you could film every manager in your organization trying to defend a strategy, action, change, etc. taken by the company to their team.  Would they own it or point to a higher power …

Getting Fired and Promoted… for the Same Reasons

John Cloonan Audacious Ideas, Career Advice, Guest: Ed Baldwin

Have you ever been fired?  I have.  Three times.  The typical response when people hear this is “wow, for what?” always with a bit of trepidation in their voice for what they are about to hear.  When people think about being fired they think of the obvious bad stuff.  Fraud, harassment, not showing up or maybe just unacceptable performance.  I’ve …

Develop Your HR Philosophy

John Cloonan Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, FOT Reads, Good HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Laurie Ruettimann

I’m a natural cynic, which means that I don’t buy the hype around anything from pony rides to human resources conferences. If people are having fun, I’m skeptical. There’s a term for how I view the world. I’m a defensive pessimist. I try to figure out what can go wrong so I can prevent sorrow and chaos. Believe it or …

Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Canvas, Tim Sackett

I’ve got a normal, everyday dilemma for you. You go into an interview for a job you really want. You’ve got a great career going, but this job is really next-level stuff, with a great brand. You have big career goal aspirations, so this won’t be your last stop. You know it’s coming, that question, but if you answer it honestly, it’s …

Sometimes You Just Need To “Burn” A Hire

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Hiring Managers, HR, Tim Sackett

I love baseball. There is a concept in baseball where a pitcher will “burn” a pitch, here and there. Basically, it means that the pitcher isn’t actually trying to throw a strike; they are using this pitch to set up another pitch.  For all intents and purposes, the pitcher is wasting that pitch for the greater good. Have you ever …

Black Panther and Leadership

RJ Morris Audacious Ideas, Coaching, Communication, Diversity, in the news, Influence, Pop Culture, RJ Morris

Been reading a lot about diversity and inclusion work lately. Two reasons—I am responsible for Talent Acquisition and Management for a company that wants to do more in a typically male-dominated industry. Just as importantly, I have a daughter who is asking me questions about life, jobs and pop culture. If you’re an HR pro, or if you care about …

Can You Be Selfless & Lead A Culture Of Engagement? No.

Dawn Burke Audacious Ideas, Culture, Dawn Burke, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, HR, Uncategorized

I’m not a great Catholic; decent I’d say.  Decent enough to go to Ash Wednesday service after several months’ absence. Better late than never.   I was inspired by the sermon, which gave the congregation some perspective on Lent, including how to personally reflect over this time.  The sermon also touched on themes of forgiveness and selflessness. The sermon got …