Swimming Upstream: Should Employees Purposely Fail To Build Character?

Dawn Burke Business Development, Career Advice, Coaching, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, HR, Performance

This weekend I practiced my weekly Sunday morning, 40-something, ritual.  I got up and watched CBS Sunday Morning. I mean that is what 40-somethings do, right (#justme?). There was a really incredible feel-good story embedded in a news cycle of crazy that made me sit up.  Not much gets my slouchy, Sunday self to sit up – this did. It …

If You Want Me To Stay, Show Me The Money.

Mark Fogel Benefits, Career Paths, Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Engagement and Satisfaction, Mark Fogel, Outmatch, Performance Reviews, Retention

Last week The Wall Street Journal reported a 17-year high for folks leaving their roles to take new positions this year. This comes with reports of 30 percent plus increases for those in executive and management level roles. The average annual increase for employees this past year across all organizations in the USA is under 4 %, with promotions less …

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True Sign of a Great Leader > How Well They Protect PTO

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Employee Coaching, Leadership, Policies, PTO, Talent Management, Vacation

To me, there is one way to know if a leader is worth their salt.  It is something I don’t recall seeing in leadership books, white papers, or in training sessions.  To me the simplest way to see if a leader is doing their job is to ask team members one question: “Did you use all your PTO last year?” …

Management By Best-Selling Leadership Book – They’re Laughing at You.

Kris Dunn Books, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, HR, Kris Dunn, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Robots

Let me start this post by making a disclaimer – I’m not anti-leadership book, nor am I anti-personal development. There’s a real need for all of us to look for ways to get better at what we do professionally. I believe enough in leadership/management skills that I actually created a training series for managers of people called the BOSS Series. …

Facts of (Work) Life: “Manager Pass-Through”

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kris Dunn, Workforce Management Articles

I wrote about the manager pass-through in 2011.  It’s an important fact of life in every organization, so I’m writing about it again today. Here’s the trick: Imagine you could film every manager in your organization trying to defend a strategy, action, change, etc. taken by the company to their team.  Would they own it or point to a higher power …

I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!

Kathy Rapp Change, Change Management, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning, Pop Culture, The HR Profession

“Daily Affirmation with Stuart Smalley” is one of the reasons I continued to watch SNL in the 90’s.  Al Franken invented and acted out Stuart in a way that made you laugh and cringe at the same time. I’m not an affirmation gal.  The closest I get is coaching my daughter to tell me to “Buck up, Mommy!” whenever I …

When High-Pots Believe in the Uniqueness of Their Special

RJ Morris Career Paths, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Good HR, Leadership, RJ Morris, Talent Management

In the Talent world, we hear about high potential employees all the time. “She’s a high-potential; that team is loaded with high-pots; we need a high-pot to take on that unit.” Everybody wants someone labeled as a high-potential talent. Everyone, that is, except for a high-potential leading a team. One of the biggest challenges I have seen is getting a …

What We Mean When We Say “Talent”

RJ Morris Employee Coaching, Good HR, Hiring Managers, Leadership, RJ Morris, Talent Strategy

We catch a fair bit of grief in HR for using the term, Top Talent. The problem, of course, is that talent means different things to different people. Folks cannot articulate what top performers really do or they get caught up in using tired clichés. I’m gonna try to fix that for you. I think the challenge is that companies …

Ask The Capitalist: How Do I Deal With Personal Reputation Sabotage on Glassdoor?

Kris Dunn Employee Coaching, Kris Dunn

Editor’s Note: Our Founder, Kris Dunn, has been doing his own thing at The HR Capitalist since 2007.  The “Ask The Capitalist” feature has been a staple of that blog, but we’re bringing it to FOT with a reputation sabotage question forwarded by one of KD’s readers. A reader asks… “I know it’s a big ask, but you are the …

Our Companies Are Sick. #1 Advice on How to Get Well? Fire.Them.All.

Paul Hebert Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Managing People, Paul Hebert, Performance Reviews

Bad management is a chronic corporate illness. And it’s an epidemic. Bad management reproduces quickly in today’s world because in many cases (especially in public companies) performance is measured on a quarter to quarter basis and some of the fastest ways to achieve short-term goals is through fear and intimidation. And managers who use those arcane techniques are the people …