A CEO Keeps It Real — Here’s Why We Should Love It

Josh Letourneau Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, Engagement and Satisfaction, Innovation, Joshua Letourneau

Last September, Stephen Elop, former Head of Business Development at Microsoft, was hired into Nokia as their new turnaround CEO. My guess is that he took the last few months to assess the true challenges he was looking at. They are steep, make no mistake. Apple changed the mobile game and now owns the high-end market, growing from 25% market …

Gainesville Loves Innovation

Steve Boese Innovation, SHRM, Steve Boese

Earlier in the week the FOT crew (well actually just Tim Sackett and I), took to publicly lamenting our respective SHRM 2011 Annual Conference presenter proposal rejections. While getting rejected is never fun (and if you believe Sackett, is an entirely foreign experience), from the carnage of said rejections, I noticed something really interesting in one of the comments on …

HR Plays Too Much Defense…

Paul Hebert Bad HR, Culture, Good HR, HR, Innovation, Paul Hebert, Seat at the Table, Sports

Since @timsackett and @steveboese and @kris_dunn use sports analogies to talk HR, I thought I’d try to slide in and sit at the cool kids’ table with my own little sports discussion. Defense is about not losing… What I mean by that is anecdotally I see HR as a function that “protects” the company.  From monitoring legal issues, making sure people fill …

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 …