What Makes a Great Leader? The Very Same Things That Make a Great Person.

John Hollon Business Development, Coaching, Communication, Culture, HR, John Hollon, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Talent Management 1 Comment

Here’s one of the many things I’ve learned from leading and managing people: Great leadership wisdom is really hard to find. For all of the many leadership books that have been written — and there are more than 60,000 listed on Amazon — the really great V-8 moments, the “Blinding Flashes of the Obvious” where a truly great leadership or …

Give Me What I Want or I’ll Ruin Your Career (Assertiveness)

Kris Dunn Business Development, Caliper, Career Advice, Change, Coaching, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Kris Dunn, Managing People, Talent Management 1 Comment

When was the last time you blew up at someone at work? When was the last time somebody got all over you to hold you accountable or get what they wanted? In either situation, the person doing the damage (you or the other person) might have a reputation for this type of thing. That type of reputation comes with a …

Numbers Don’t Lie: Smartphone Addiction Is Taking Over Your Workplace

John Hollon Business Development, Career Paths, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, Generations, Managing People, Performance, Policies 3 Comments

Your workers are in denial about their smartphone addiction. OK, it’s not just YOUR workers who are in denial about this, but everyone’s workers, everywhere. This is what I take from a recent survey from KDM Engineering titled Smartphone Etiquette that hit my email last week, and as I read the findings, all I kept thinking was, “Yep, this doesn’t …

The Anatomy of An Amazing Pitch

Kathy Rapp Always Be Closing, Business Development, Career Advice, Coaching, Communication, Corporate America, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Graduation, HR, HR & Marketing, Influence, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, Negotiation, Networking, Personal Brand, Pop Culture, Recruiting 1 Comment

A police chief, with a phobia for open water, battles a gigantic shark with an appetite for swimmers and boat captains, in spite of a greedy town council who demands that the beach stays open. That was the logline for Jaws – also known as the main reason I feared the ocean in the late 70’s. A logline is the …

Yes, Millennials May be Job Hoppers, But There’s a Good Reason For That

John Hollon Business Development, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Managing People, Training and Development 1 Comment

It shouldn’t come as any great surprise, but according to Gallup, Millennials aren’t particularly engaged in their jobs. As Gallup’s How Millennials Want to Work and Live report points out, a whopping “71 percent of employees in the Millennial generation (people born between 1980 and 1996) are either not engaged or actively disengaged at work.” Are Millennials really big job hoppers? This is why Gallup …

Your Future Boss Thinks You Suck

Kris Dunn Business Development, Career Advice, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, HR, Influence, Leadership, Managing People, Talent Management, The HR Profession 2 Comments

At some point in the future, all of you reading this site will get a new boss. Most of you will have 5-10 new bosses over the rest of your career, which is reflective of how chaotic work is for our generation and the general pace of change. Some of those new bosses are going to have manageable expectations. But …

Boys Behaving Badly, Girls Gone Wild? How To Let Go of Toxic People at Work.

Dawn Burke Bad HR, Career Advice, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, Dawn Burke, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Leadership, Managing People, wellness, Women, Women in the Workplace 3 Comments

What a week.Kavanaugh. Facebook rants from friends. Republicans. Democrats. Men. Women. It’s all been holistically pretty toxic. I’ve felt the need to shower about 14 times.   I think it is safe to say the nation (world?) witnessed an incredible live, on-air, case study of what real life, toxic behaviors “look” like. Also, I believe we witnessed toxic behaviors demonstrated …

A Management Truism: The Very Best Lessons Usually Come From Very Bad Managers

John Hollon Business Development, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Harassment, Leadership, Managing People, Talent Management 1 Comment

Here’s a management truism to remember: You learn a lot more from a bad boss than you do from a good one. I was struck by this when I came across an old “Corner Office” column in The New York Times. It was a Q&A with Dawn Lepore, the now-former chairwoman and CEO of Drugstore.com, and she had a lot to …

The Ball Is In Our Court

Kathy Rapp Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Corporate America, Culture, Current Affairs, Diversity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, HR, HR & Sports, Influence, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Managing People, Pop Culture, Sports, Talent Strategy, The HR Profession, Training and Development, Women 2 Comments

This isn’t a post about women vs. men. Nor is it about the color of someone’s skin or ethnic background. It’s not even really about tennis. This is a post about teaching moments, and how frequently they seem to occur (and blur) in our professional and personal lives. The U.S. Open Women’s Championship match was one of those moments. As …

Guide Towards Career Fulfillment, Not a Stupid Job Title

Kylie Quetell Career Advice, Career Paths, Coaching, Employee Development, Kylie Quetell, Managing People

As people professionals we often are tasked with helping guide our candidates and employees towards the right career paths. Often I find people are either chasing job titles or pushed into career development plans that they may not even be passionate about. One quick example – employees who strive for management positions when they actually don’t even like people. Many …