confidence

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? …

diversity

True Diversity Can’t Be Achieved If You’re Still a School Pedigree Snob…

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Culture, Good HR, Kris Dunn, Recruiting

Hang out around diversity groups/conferences/think-tanks long enough, and you’re sure to have your view of diversity widened.  The line of thinking goes that diversity transcends Title 7 classification, and while many diversity initiatives focus on opportunity for protected class candidates, differences that exist outside of that definition are important as well. If the true business goal of diversity is to …

truth

Writer’s Block. Six-Year-Olds. And Truth.

Kathy Rapp Benefits, Change, Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, HR & Sports, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Performance, Pop Culture, Retention, Social Media, Talent Management, wellness

Be forewarned.  I am experiencing writer’s block.  It’s so bad, I just poured myself a glass of bubbly and then proceeded to leave it in the kitchen. Which meant I had to get up, lost my train of thought once again, but brought back the bubbly. Why do I have writer’s block?  I’m totally uninspired by pop culture, current music, …

Kris Dunn Reviews “The Founder” (Starring Michael Keaton as McDonald’s Founder Ray Kroc)

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Brand Ambassadors, Culture, Driving Productivity, Good HR, Innovation, Kris Dunn

Last weekend I had a choice to make.  Go to La La Land with my wife and mother-in-law, or play the “man-up” card, save my father-in-law and go see “The Founder” starring Michael Keaton chronicling the story of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc. I chose the man-up route.  Keaton did not disappoint. First things first and the necessary disclosures – The Founder …

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 …

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 …