He Said What??! Microsoft’s CEO Better Hope Karma Is Really a Guy.

Kathy Rapp Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Compensation/Cash Money, Current Affairs, Kathy Rapp, Leadership

What’s the phrase… “Karma is a bitch?”  Talk about poetic given Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s comments about how women should ask for a raise—said no less in front of 10,000 women at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference. “For women who aren’t comfortable asking for a raise, what’s your advice for them?” asked Maria Klawe, a member …

The Dream Is Free, The Hustle Is Sold Separately

Chelsea Rowe Chelsea Rowe, Coaching, Employee Coaching, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice

I could lie to you and tell you to reach for the stars to get you through hump day. But that’s not how we do things in FOT Nation. We take our coffee black and our lattes with an extra shot of truth. Here’s a little something extra to kick your morning into high gear: You’re not the best in your game. You’re far from …

She Shoots, She Scores: Becky Hammon and a 3-Point Play for Women In The Workplace

Guest: Nicole Plant Coaching, Current Affairs, Hiring Bias, HR, HR & Sports, in the news, Leadership, Millenial Voice

Sports is a man’s world. Do you know who won the last WNBA Final? Yeah, me either. What about how many major tennis championships Serena Williams has won? Crickets. Can you name anyone on the LPGA tour? Good luck. On August 5, Becky Hammon put another dent in the gender bias towards women when it comes to sports. Most women can’t …

Anti-Recognition? Is That A Thing?

Paul Hebert Coaching, Culture, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, HR, Paul Hebert, Recognition

We’ve all seen the studies—heck we’ve been beat over the head by them in the last few years. Recognition will cure whatever ails your company! Over the past 10 years, that mantra has caused recognition and reward companies to spring up like patent medicines in the 1800s. And many with the same overall impact. But that is a post for …

Your Worst Employee Thinks He’s a Superstar

Laurie Ruettimann Bad HR, Coaching, Communication, HR & Sports, Laurie Ruettimann

Go ahead and buy the most comprehensive and expensive talent management solution on the market. Spend hours training your supervisors to give honest and timely feedback to poorly performing employees. Document every conversation you have with coworkers who fail to meet goals and objectives on a regular basis. Your worst employee thinks he is a superstar. You know it’s true. …

Employee Engagement Day

Paul Hebert Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Good HR, Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition

Sunday is Mother’s Day. The one day a year many of us recognize the 20+ years of service and effort Mom (or Mum as they say on the other side of the pond) put into making sure you were a contributor to society and not a drag on it. Sunday is the one day a year that you tell her …

Would You Pay To Get Interview Feedback?

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Change, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Good HR, Innovation, Interviewing, Love, Recruiting, Science, Tim Sackett, Trench HR

I get my ideas in the shower.  I have a busy life, so it seems like my down time is that solid 5 to 10 minutes I get in the shower. I usually shower twice a day—once first thing in the morning, then before I go to bed.  That’s 10 to 20 minutes daily to think and clean. I like going …

Ever Wish You Could Bench an Employee?

RJ Morris Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Relations, Good HR, Leadership, RJ Morris, Sports

Baseball season is deep into its first month, which means leadership lessons from America’s favorite pastime are everywhere. Watch highlights from 2,430 MLB games, and you will see examples of both managerial courage and leadership missteps. One compelling thing to watch unfold each season is the case of a new manager taking on a team with young talent. Just 19 …