No Pizza for You!

Dan Carusi Business Development, Dan Carusi

Recently, a Maryland middle school hosted a party with pizza, soda, games and a DJ titled “Academic Achievement Celebration.” Based on the theme of the party, it should not have been a surprise that there was a performance level threshold to achieve to be invited to the party–which was straight A’s on the report card. Students who received lower marks …

3 Things HR Pros Need To Stop Apologizing For

Tim Sackett Bad HR, Business Development, HR (& Life!) Advice, Tim Sackett

Fast Company has an article called – “3 Things Professional Women Should Stop Apologizing For,” which were: Their Financial Expectations (i.e., pay us the same!) Their Physical Appearance (i.e., Sorry we aren’t club ready–I was up with a sick kid all night!) Their Professional Accomplishments (i.e., Just because I’m a woman doesn’t mean I can’t brag about what I do …

Talent Swag: Transparency in Identifying Leadership Potential

Guest: Michael Lamm Business Development, Coaching, Employee Coaching, HR, Leadership, Learning and Development, Recognition, Talent Management Power Rankings, Training and Development

Okay, let me start by saying I’m a pretty young guy and I feel as though I’m “hip to the jive.” I can also admit that some nights I sit with my fiancée and, without complaint, watch a full hour of E! News. But, what the heck is “swag?” When you turn to the millennial man’s best friend, Google, you …

Roses, Thorns and Buds

Dan Carusi Business Development, Change, Dan Carusi, Seat at the Table, T+D

Happy New Year!  Hopefully, the fog from your New Year’s Eve festivities is wearing off and you are actually starting to think about 2014.  I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions and setting unrealistic goals that will likely be abandoned before the end of January.  So, I follow the Boy Scout approach with a Roses, Thorns and Buds exercise. …

My 4 Sourcing Lessons From 2013

Kelly Dingee Business Development, Candidate Pool, Conferences, Kelly Dingee, Sourcing

I love this time of year. I enjoy taking stock and reflecting on the previous years’ highs and lows—and the times that everything was on cruise control. This year was a bit more of a roller coaster than I expected in my personal life, but wow… work life knocked the ball right out of the park!  We’re doing research faster—and smarter—than …

Employer Branding: Hire a damn professional.

Holland Dombeck McCue Business Development, Don't Feed the Vendors, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Holland Dombeck

A quick Google search on employment branding generates over 2.8M results that can more or less be lumped into three groups: HR pundits, thought leaders if you will, griping about the exhaustion of the topic. Blogs, whitepapers and landing pages from vendors and agencies trying to get a slice. Forums with questions from practitioners still really just not sure where …

Beware of You—”Wait and Do” (Part 2 of 4)

John Whitaker Business Development, Change, Influence, Innovation, John Whitaker

The first installment was fairly remarkable if I do say so m’self. This post? Wow, are you in for a treat—I’ve got taglines. One of my favorite concepts from Dr. Pritchett’s Hacking Uncertainty is the directive to “Open Yourself to Uncertainty;” that’s a fairly broad statement to assist you in your goal of becoming more tolerant of ambiguity… but what does it mean? …

‘Tis The Season To Be Learning

Dan Carusi Business Development, Candidate Pool, Coaching, Communication, Dan Carusi, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Influence, Leadership, Learning and Development

Image this scenario: You are sitting at home enjoying some quiet time right before the holidays. Perhaps you are wrapping gifts, baking some cookies or taking a nap. Then the silence is shattered by the ring of the doorbell.  You slowly open the door and crashing in comes your family, dogs, luggage, gifts, and lots of noise as they arrive …

Big Bonuses—Good For Driving Everyday Performance?

Kris Dunn Business Development, Compensation/Cash Money, Games, Good HR, Kris Dunn

Do big bonuses drive performance and behavior in general?  I’ve always broken this question up into two camps: the sales and non-sales camp. First, the easy one—sales.  We can split hairs and argue whether commission to salespeople is a bonus or part of an incentive plan that’s expected, but isn’t that what bonus plans are supposed to do—drive behavior?  For me, …

Talent Management, 1989 Style

Dan Carusi Business Development, Candidate Pool, Change, Coaching, Dan Carusi, Employee Coaching, Generations, Influence, Learning and Development, Race, T+D, Talent Strategy

Once upon a time, in 1983, a track & field team was formed at a small division III school in Northeast, PA, named Moravian College.  Like most new athletic programs, recruiting was difficult with the absence of a championship and lack of big-name athletes.  The head coach, well aware he would not land the High School State Champion, decided to …