soft skills coaching

Rude, Late, and Unprepared: How To Manage Up The Soft Skills of Your Team

Patrick Ward Coaching, Patrick Ward

Soft skills are defined as the “personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.” In the workplace, this translates to an employee’s ability to communicate effectively, prioritize efficiently, deal with their teammates positively, and so much more. Let’s face it. We expect our employees to come into the workforce with all the necessary soft skills learned …

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3 Things Great Recruiters (and Waiters) Never Say

John Whitaker Coaching, John Whitaker, Recruiting

Waiting tables got me through college, being a recruiter got me through my early years in Human Resources. I was much better at one than the other, which is why I’m not greeting you at your local Chili’s, but a few years serving Monte Cristos served me well preparing for my post-college career. I learned a ton of skills that …

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Confidence Gets You a Leadership Gig, but Humility Lets You Keep It

RJ Morris Coaching, Culture, Leadership, RJ Morris

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately working on leadership evaluation and selection.  Specifically, we spent a bunch of time talking about how to make better talent decisions. In addition to looking at times we got it right, we also analyzed a lot of failures—what made Tom unable to perform at the level expected, and why did Sally self-destruct? …

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When a High Potential Employee Fails

RJ Morris Coaching, Employee Coaching, Leadership, Learning and Development, Organizational Development, RJ Morris

No matter what company, high potential employees (high pots) get that fancy designation because in their world, they rock. They succeed and turn in solid results. In whatever discipline they work, they kill it. But sometimes a funny thing happens on the high pot’s career path–they fail. Maybe their fault, maybe not, but the project, team or assignment they own went in …

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“Do You Want To Be Here?” and Other Loaded Questions Heard From Managers of People

Kris Dunn Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, Good HR, Halogen, Kris Dunn

There’s a list of questions somewhere. When your manager fires one of these questions at you, it’s a signal of the following: —You’re not as special to the organization as you thought you were. —Your focus on “relationships” might be giving way to the lack of results you’ve provided over the last year. —Your baggage has grown to the point …

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Nike is Running an Epic HR Experiment

RJ Morris Coaching, Good HR, HR & Sports, Outmatch, Performance Reviews, RJ Morris

When I was a kid, I desperately wanted to work at Nike. It had to be the coolest workplace in the world. In my head, I imagined that employees received free shoes, cool gear and that Michael Jordan and Andre Agassi (look Agassi up, young kids) walked the halls regularly. Also, I bet they had some pretty sweet group runs and …

10 HR Recommendations for 2017

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Change, Coaching, Communication, Corporate America, Culture, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, FOT Shoutout, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Personal Brand, Recruiting, Retention, Social Media, Talent Management, The HR Profession

RJ set me up nice last week with his post on questions to ask before looking for a new HR gig.  And he’ll be pleased to know at least 5 people read his blog, as hrQ has 5 fabulous new resumes! For the rest of you who are either happy, or on the fence yet motivated because it’s the start …

Leadership. It’s Always the Answer

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, HR, HR & Sports, in the news, Influence, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Performance, Sports, Talent Strategy

How many of you are in the throes of strategy planning and budgeting for 2017?  It’s also talent review, total rewards and expense management season.  Oh, and for those in the dark ages, it’s “I’m about to lose 80 hours of vacation time unless I take off the last 2 weeks of the year” time.  Eeek. Yes.  December is upon …

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 …

Peyton Manning Syndrome: Over-Exposing High Potential Talent

RJ Morris Coaching, Communication, Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Leadership, Learning and Development, Outmatch, RJ Morris

If you’re looking for more thoughts on how to develop talent, join FOT for our webinar on Using Assessments to Build Your Superteam (click this link to register). You’re there, deep in conversation, counseling a high potential early in her career. She wants to move up, and you think she has the chops.  You want to give her the opportunity to …