How To Assess Your True Corporate Culture

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Organizational Development

In my last entry, we covered the role of corporate culture in achieving your company’s mission. Ideally, your corporate culture guides people’s behaviors to be consistent with the corporate values, which enable you to implement your strategy for achieving your mission. The trick is assessing whether your corporate culture is, in fact, aligned with your values. If it’s not, this …

Open-Ended Feedback Requests: Now Being Requested By a Sucker Near You…

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Hiring Managers, Kris Dunn

A lot of you are in an end-of-the-year cycle when it comes to performance reviews. Which is code for the following: “This #### would be a lot easier if someone would write it for me.” Which leads to this moment of rationalization: “I know what to do: I should ask my employees to give me feedback on how THEY think …

Keeping Lousy Employees – Why Your Employer Brand May Be TOO Strong

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, HR & Marketing, Paul Hebert, Recruiting, Talent Strategy

Yeah… I said it. Lock me up. Heresy! He’s a witch! Burn him! (Now go back and say that with your best Monty Python accent – don’t lie – we all do it.) That’s right – I crossed that line and said your employer brand may be too good. With all the writing, blogging, speaking, surveying and general chin-wagging about …

Dilbert May Be The Smartest Manager In The World

Paul Hebert Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert, Performance

Not Dilbert per se—but Scott Adams, Dilbert’s creator. I read his blog pretty regularly, and he usually has something pretty smart to say. He used to be funnier. I think he’s more involved in intellectual conversations on his site now. Many of his current threads are focused on dissecting the Presidential candidates with a special emphasis on Donald Trump. Mr. …

Corporate Freudian Psychoanalysis: Is That A Cigar or Are You Just Engaged?

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Change, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Innovation, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance

We’re going to a weird place today. And I know this is a simplistic analysis but go with it… it’ll be fun! Freud (Sigmund, the psychiatry guy, not the guys with tigers in Vegas. If you watch Big Brother you’ll get that – h/t to Liz and Julia – watch – you’ll LOL yourself) suggested that an individual’s personality was …

WEBINAR: Top 10 Ways To Use Glassdoor For Good (Not Evil)

Kris Dunn Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Good HR, HR, HR & Marketing, Influence, Recruiting, Webinar

Let’s face it. HR pros have a long history of being uncomfortable with sites like Glassdoor.com. After all, the only people that use Glassdoor.com and sites like it are disgruntled ex-employees that you fired, right? Wrong. It was wrong 5 years ago, and it’s horribly wrong today. Rather than view these types of sites as a threat, smart HR and Recruiting pros are learning how …

When You ASSuME

Paul Hebert Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, HR, Paul Hebert

There was a show on TV in the early 70s about roomates—one was neat and one was sloppy. It bore NO resemblance to the cluster that ran in 2015 called the Odd Couple. In this show they had funny characters who didn’t leave each episode full of scenery after 30 minutes of overacting and forced “humor.” Below is a video …

If You Never Change Your Mind, You’re Doing It Wrong

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Coaching, Communication, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Influence, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Organizational Development, T+D, Training and Development

Hopefully by now you’ve warmed up to the notion that productive conflict is important to encourage in your teams. To get the most out of their insights and input, you want to welcome opposition and creative pushback. The days of blindly following our leaders without objection or pressure-testing are behind us. In the knowledge economy, effective leaders encourage opposition to …

A 3,000 Year Old Piece of HR Advice

Paul Hebert Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert

Too many posts and pundits are ready to sell you the newest, greatest and most cool thing to help you do HR better. Yet, I’d suggest that in many cases adopting that “new” idea is a fool’s errand. Most, if not every new HR idea that is tied to a process, procedure, function or tool will be obsolete fast. Probably …

Embracing Competition in the Workplace

Ben Olds Audacious Ideas, Ben Olds, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Good HR, Guest: Ben Olds, HR, HR & Sports

The other day, I was listening to a friend discuss what a competitive equestrian she was growing up. As I am wont to do when fake-listening to someone wax stories of yesteryear, I started daydreaming. I couldn’t help but think: Why do people compete at riding horses? Equestrian is an artform, isn’t it? Who was the first narcissist who sat …