Is Your Talent Strategy Krzyzewski or Calipari-Flavored?

Kris Dunn Culture, Halogen, Kris Dunn, Performance, Recruiting

You think this is going to be a sports post. Trust me, it’s more about you than it is about sports. Simple question – Is Your Talent Strategy more Mike Krzyzewski (college basketball coach at Duke) or John Calipari (college basketball coach at Kentucky)? Read enough sports news and a familiar theme emerges.  Coach (Krzyzewski) does it the right way …

Amazon Suicide Attempt: Sometimes Big Events Lead to Big Change…

Kris Dunn Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kris Dunn

The title says it all – sometimes it takes big events to lead to big change. Back in 2015, Amazon came under fire following a shocking piece from the New York Times exposing the company’s toxic cut-throat working environment.  If you’re fairly well-read and in the talent game, you saw the article and wondered aloud what it was really like to …

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 …

The Hidden Employee – What We Learned from Last Night

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert

I had a post locked and loaded for today but after listening to the pundits on a variety of channels discuss the surprise outcome of the Presidential election I thought it might be more apropos to talk about something that each and every person who is responsible for employees, either as an HR pro or a manager, needs to be …

Want to Foster a Risk-Taking Culture? If So, You Better Be Willing to Deal With a $2 Million Mistake

John Hollon Culture, John Hollon, Risks, Uncategorized

You’ve heard managers say it over and over — “we want our employees to feel they can take risks!” — yet you wonder how many companies really, truly believe it. My experience is that despite the rhetoric that they do, most don’t. Over many years working for a variety of organizations, I’ve found that people rarely get patted on the back for …

VP of Equality Is The Rationalized Replacement for VP of Diversity at Salesforce

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Communication, Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Diversity, Kris Dunn, Recruiting

If you don’t like the answer, you can always change the question. Especially if you have money. Lots of money. There’s a lot of companies across America that struggle with Diversity hiring.  They’re under-utilized in multiple job families, and even as they try to attract diverse talent, it hasn’t gone great.  After all, not everyone wants to work for your …

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 …

Weak-Link vs. Strong-Link Employee Programs

Holland Dombeck McCue Culture, Holland Dombeck, HR, Organizational Development, Recruiting, Succession Planning

On a recent road trip to Kentucky to watch my FSU Seminoles get absolutely slaughtered on the football field, I hopped on the Malcolm Gladwell Revisionist History podcast train. The podcast is a ten episode series where Gladwell revisits and reinterprets something from the past that has been universally misunderstood. My Little Hundred Million is the third episode in a …

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 …

Employees Who Take Stands: Colin Kaepernick Is The New Dixie Chicks

Kris Dunn Culture, Current Affairs, Kris Dunn

Have you heard about Colin Kaepernick?  Of course, you have.  Kaepernick is the San Francisco 49er quarterback who refused to stand for the national anthem to protest what he feels is racial injustice in America. I’m not here to wag the finger at Kaepernick.  One of the things that makes this the greatest country in the world is the fact that …