Hey FOT, Get Me Promoted Already! (And What the Bleep is Social Capital?)

Josh Letourneau Career Paths, Influence, Innovation, Joshua Letourneau, Leadership, Recruiting, Social Network Analysis

Most FOT readers I’ve run into over the last few years are unique individuals – they like to be entertained, but look for some substance under the veil of snarkiness, skepticism, and comedy.  And in that substance, many dive for insights; insights that can help fine tune a current program or initiative … maybe even find a nugget or two …

Recognizing Failure vs. Acts of Learning

Paul Hebert Employee Relations, Innovation, Leadership, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance

There are sentences you read sometimes that just push you back in your chair.  You know what I’m talking about.  You see just the right combination of words that convey a thought so profound you not only marvel at the intelligence behind it but the beauty of the simplicity.  Words that, even though scant in number, ignite a firestorm of …

Looking for Diversity? Look for a Difference of Opinion Not Value.

Paul Hebert Culture, Diversity, Innovation, Paul Hebert

Today’s market place moves quickly.  Almost too quickly.  Making a living, making a profit requires individuals and companies to think fast and adjust course with cheetah-like speed.  Innovation is the “new normal.”  (I just needed to throw in the newest overused phrase to feel like a business hipster.) Innovation is a function of diversity.  Innovation almost always comes from an amalgam of …

Encouraging Your Employees To Shack Up Together…

Kris Dunn Innovation, Kris Dunn

Not a love shack, an innovation shack.  You thought something else? Sorry about that… The fun thing about doing HRD for a company, that's not afraid to think outside the box, has to be the possibilities.  Look around you and combine what you know with what's going on in the world, or more specifically, pop culture.  Case in point – …

The Time Has Come for Upper Management to Offer Long-Term Contracts to Talent Management Pros

Josh Letourneau Compensation/Cash Money, Innovation, Joshua Letourneau

We’ve reached a very interesting inflection point in the Talent Management world today.  There is no simpler way to put it than to be as straightforward as possible: Upper Management is demanding more of HR, notably Talent Acquisition and Organizational Development.  In fact, the following visual illustrates two critical gaps in perception that are at the root of our crossroads …

People Don’t Hate Change – They Hate You Trying to Change Them

Paul Hebert Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, Innovation, Paul Hebert

There is a post on the Manage Smarter website this week that states that 1/3rd of all employees cannot adapt to change at work.  That caught my attention.  33% can’t change.  But dig deeper.  Read further into the description of the study.  The study took findings from a survey of 100 senior human resource professionals across North America. The survey …

College is Becoming Unaffordable, So Get Ready to Innovate People!!!

Jessica Lee Candidate Pool, Driving Productivity, Innovation, Jessica Lee

So you heard that we’re in the middle of a recession right? Okay, so yes, we all knew this before it was made “official” last week. For recruiting and HR pros, a recession means we’ve got a few challenges on our hands. Your workforce is stressed out. Productivity may be down. Business could be lagging so you might be reducing …

Career Security – Find a National Micro-Niche and Live Where You Want to Live…

Kris Dunn Career Paths, Culture, Innovation, Kris Dunn

In this world of plant closings, offshoring and general economic upheaval, I’ve become a big believer in the value of developing your personal brand.  Part of developing that personal brand is clearly communicating who you are and the value you provide those who associate with you.  Another big component to personal branding?  Finding your micro-niche. With the world shrinking daily, …