“Elect” to Make Change For The Better

John Whitaker Change Management, John Whitaker

Hey there FOT’ers, Whitaker here, being decidedly un-hip. You know what IS “hip” right now? The emotionally wrought, hyperbolic, “end of the world” post. President-Elect Donald Trump had a remarkable night, people are connecting the dots to Nostradamus, quoting Revelations, and Alec Baldwin is house-shopping in France (again.) Such drama, such hypocrisy, and such non-productive behavior. Exactly as it would have been …

College: The Perfect Place for HR to Reshape the Future

Mark Fogel Audacious Ideas, Change Management, HR, Mark Fogel

Colleges may just be the place for HR to reshape its future. As a part-time grad professor at Adelphi University, I get to play a small part in changing the HR narrative with MBA students every semester. I teach the one required HR course in the MBA curriculum twice a year and an additional elective on occasion. I believe it is an important …

Don’t Forget About Burr: Bringing New Talent & Longtime Employees Together

Kate Weimer Change Management, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Kate Weimer

If you have any interest in today’s pop culture, chances are you’ve heard of a little Broadway musical called Hamilton. If you haven’t, here’s the quick rundown: musical genius Lin-Manuel Miranda tells the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton, from his humble beginnings to his valiant efforts in the Revolutionary War; his murky political career to, finally, the duel between his frenemy Aaron Burr …

HR Creepiness – Don’t Be That Guy (Gal)

Paul Hebert Change Management, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, HR Tech, Paul Hebert

Clowns. It’s probably been a long time since you gave clowns a second thought. But now, with the Presidential election and headlines like this from my neck of the woods – “Creepy details released in South Carolina clown sightings”– you probably are thinking about clowns more often. BTW – best line from the clown article link is this: “They told the …

Cultural Meltdown: When Values Don’t Match Workers’ Day-to-Day Reality

John Hollon Always Be Closing, Bad HR, Change Management, Culture, Current Affairs, employee experience, John Hollon, Performance

“If there is one job that I as CEO must do for our team members, customers, communities, and shareholders, it is to be the keeper of our company’s culture. It is the role of all team members to understand our culture, internalize it, live it, teach it, and reinforce it.” — CEO John Stumpf, from Wells Fargo‘s statement of values If …

North Carolina, HB2 and HR

Laurie Ruettimann Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Change, Change Management, Laurie Ruettimann, Policies

I live in North Carolina, a state so beautiful that people like me visit from desperate hell holes in the Midwest and say things like, “I’m never going home.” That was more than eight years ago, and I meant what I said. There’s no going back. This is my home. I was born in the north, but my soul belongs …

Getting Change To Stick

Guest: Ed Baldwin Change, Change Management, Ed Baldwin, Engagement and Satisfaction, Innovation

Everyone is either leading change or trying to adapt to it. Very little in our world today remains constant. And yet, change is hard for all of us. Any change is hard, but large scale change can be particularly challenging.  Change is in front of us every waking moment of our day, from the new brand of coffee you thought you …

Back-to-School with HR

Laurie Ruettimann Change, Change Management, Communication, Laurie Ruettimann, Talent Strategy

It’s the end of August, and many HR parents are dealing with the back-to-school blues. Not your blues. You’ve got your life on lockdown, and your kids have been ready for class since July. Instead, you’re dealing with colleagues and associates who act as if back-to-school is a new thing every year and cannot get their acts together. Matt in …

4 Reasons to Abandon Anonymity in Employee Surveys

Jason Laurtisen Bad HR, Change Management, Employee Engagement, Jason Lauritsen, Organizational Development, Social Media

While we still have a long ways to go, I am encouraged by what’s happening in human resources.  Over the past few years, we’ve found the courage to admit that some of our old-school HR practices are B.S. From the uselessness of the break-room suggestion box to the ineffectiveness of annual reviews, when we admit that the old way is flawed, …

HR, Want Proof You Should Connect? It’s Better Than Sex!

Dawn Burke Change Management, Communication, Culture, Dawn Burke, Employee Engagement, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence

HR do you still need convincing your role should focus on people connection over compliance officer? Check this out: Emotional connection is better than sex. And I think most agree sex can be a pretty awesome thing. In most cases, emotional connection is far more valued in authentic relationships than sex. Now, both cases require you to be vulnerable. But …