Mood Rings, Magic 8-Balls & Employee Engagement

Kathy Rapp Change Management, Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Organizational Development, Retention

I’m a product of the 70s. I had bell bottoms, platform sandals and wore my hair in braids. I also had a mood ring that was a piece of crap.  It was always black or dark blue.  I suppose it could have meant I was perpetually intense or lovestruck, but let’s go with crap for the sake of my parents. …

For HR Pros Mission is Peaceful – Implementation is Violent

Paul Hebert Change, Change Management, Culture, Employee Engagement, Paul Hebert

Sometimes people surprise you. It happened to me this past weekend. I was lounging around looking for a movie to fill up a couple of hours and “Fury”—the WWII tank war movie was on HBO or Showtime or some such channel. I’d seen it before, and it was okay. Okay enough for me to not change the channel and continue …

How Do You Lead Today’s Rock Stars?

Kathy Rapp Change, Change Management, Coaching, Culture, Employee Coaching, Generations, HR & Sports, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning, Sports

The NBA Championship is over, yet there is a lot of chatter about the tense relationship between LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers coach, David Blatt.  After observations regarding body language and confirmation that James called for substitutions and dismissed plays, more and more is being made about the deteriorating relationship. Larry Brown, long-time coach of many stars like Reggie …

How Do You Recover From a Crappy Day?

Kathy Rapp Change Management, Coaching, HR & Sports, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Performance, Sports, Work Life Balance

James Harden, arguably one of the top five players in the NBA this season, set a record for the most turnovers in a playoff game.  EVER.  13 terrible, 7th-grade-nightmare-type turnovers like dribbling off your foot with 40 seconds to go in the 4th quarter. As a result of his really, really crappy day, the Rockets were eliminated by the Warriors. …

This Is Your Brain On Social Media (And It May Not Be Good.)

Paul Hebert Change, Change Management, Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR Technology, Paul Hebert, Social Media

Below is a video of Dr. Dan Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, discussing the impact social media is having on us humans. And not just on our behavior – but on the actual physical way our brain is wired. The video is only 4 minutes long but those with the most minimal of attention …

I Don’t Care What You Want – I Want To Know What You Think

Paul Hebert Change Management, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Paul Hebert

Every 38.6 seconds another survey hits the interweb tubes that says employees want “X.” Sometimes it’s more money (who are we kidding – it’s always more money – stop asking – just make the assumption and move on.) Sometimes it’s more recognition and more validation. Sometimes it’s just more fattening food in the vending machines (okay – that one might …

Sympathy For The Devil

John Whitaker Audacious Ideas, Change Management, Culture, Employee Relations, Good HR, John Whitaker

Besides the distinction of being a kick-ass jam, the Rolling Stones classic tune “Sympathy for the Devil” offers an interesting discussion on the duplicity of human nature. We’re a funny bunch of monkeys, my fellow HR professionals… as “good” as we may strive to be, we still are not above using whatever means necessary to achieve the ultimate goal. Lie, …

Remove It Or Use It – Achieving Your HR Goals In 2015

Paul Hebert Change Management, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Paul Hebert, Seat at the Table

We’re only a few weeks into the new year and most of us have been through the process of reviewing last year’s work, checking the boxes of things completed, pulling forward or hiding those that were left unaccomplished and setting your goals for 2015. If you’re like me, you try to keep your list of goals short. I try to …

People With High Standards (Like Jim Harbaugh) Wear People Out

Tim Sackett Business Development, Candidate Pool, Change Management, Coaching, College Recruiting, Digital Interviewing, FOT Reads, Games, Good HR, Hiring Bias, HR, HR & Sports, HR Tech, HR Technology, Tim Sackett

FOT Note:  We here at FOT like to think we get talent and HR at a different level. At the very least, we are probably going to have a different take than the norm.  That’s why we recently onboarded HireVue as an annual sponsor at FOT, where they’ll sponsor posts like this one, allowing FOT contributors to write without restriction …

I Rewired My Employee’s Brain and You Won’t Believe What Happened Next…

Paul Hebert Change Management, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert

It is all the rage to say that engagement is management’s fault. And that is because in most cases it is the truth. And it’s their boss’s fault. And their boss’s boss’s fault. There is no end to the ladder of blame. At the core of this problem is we continue to manage employees like we did when Don Draper …