(FOT Webinar!) Free Agent Nation: Using Talent Assessments To Build Your Superteam

Kris Dunn Employee Coaching, Onboarding, Organizational Development, Profiles, Recruiting, RJ Morris, Secret Sauce, Selection, Talent Strategy, Uncategorized

Anyone else amazed by the USA performance at the Rio Olympic Games?  Just us? If you’re responsible for hiring and developing people, then you’d love to build a dominating team of individuals like the USA Olympic Swimming and Women’s Gymnastics teams. But how do you do it?  Executives and hiring managers tell you that the world of talent selection and …

How to Make Your Organization Better at Decisions

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Innovation, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Organizational Development

Why is it so easy to criticize the decisions of others but so difficult to make the tough calls ourselves? What is it that makes high-stakes decisions so difficult? I used to think it was because it was hard to decide the right solution. But as I’ve coached executives struggling with such decisions, I’ve noticed that often it’s fairly clear …

3-Step Approach For Responding To Employee Concerns

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Influence, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Organizational Development

Company leadership receives input from employees in a variety of formats: Engagement surveys, pulse-check forums, rumors heard in the hallway, supervisors reporting what their teams are saying, etc. Yet, too often company leadership squanders the gift of this input, and actually discourages employees from sharing information from the front lines. They do this in a few ways: They criticize the …

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 …

Jon Snow Is Officially Tired of Everyone’s #### – FOT Webinar Preview

Kris Dunn Coaching, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, HR, Kris Dunn, Performance, Talent Strategy, Webinar

“Let me give you some counsel, bastard,” Lannister said. “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” “Remember this, boy: ‘All dwarfs may be bastards, yet not all bastards need be dwarfs.’ And …

What Is It That A Leader DOES?

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Leadership

The other day, a coaching client asked me a question that I was shocked to realize I didn’t have a ready-made answer to. Asking around and conducting some research revealed that most others don’t either. The question was: What is it that a leader does? I have a bunch of ideas about what leadership isn’t. And it’s easy to find …

WORK DREAMS: Teaching Mick Jagger to Eurostep…

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, HR, Kris Dunn, Learning, Learning and Development

How many of you have dreams about work? Of course you dream about work. How could you not? You work more than you sleep. I guess the key question is the following: How weird are your dreams about work? Are you married to the 64-year old boomer with the brochures about the tea party? Are you dating the accounts payable …

WEBINAR – RAISING DRAGONS: What Game of Thrones Teaches Us About Performance Coaching and Building Teams

Kris Dunn Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, HR, Kris Dunn, Performance, Webinar

“Winter is Coming.” “You Win or You Die.” “You Know Nothing, Jon Snow.” If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you know these quotes as parts of iconic conversations from your favorite series. If you’re not a fan of the series (TV or book), you still likely recognize these quotes as fodder from a series that’s made a friend a bit too …

Is Your Feedback an April Fools’ Joke?

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Influence, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Organizational Development

April Fools’ Day is a fun tradition of fooling others into believing something that isn’t true. It’s mostly harmless and in good fun. It’s less harmless when this becomes the standard practice for giving feedback in the company. Yet all too often, companies inadvertently set up feedback mechanisms that encourage foolish feedback – the type that is inaccurate, incomplete, and …