Donald Trump… You’re Fired!

Jason Pankow Audacious Ideas, Current Affairs, HR, in the news, Jason Pankow, politics, Television

Have I mentioned before that I love politics?  Well… I do!  I love the argument!  I love the drama!  I love the insults!  I follow all of it, and I love to dissect every little piece of info that comes around. But, lately, I’m annoyed.  I’m annoyed at this talking hairpiece named Donald Trump.  What, exactly, annoys me?  Simple… I …

Overcoming Stereotypes: Attractive Women Can’t Code

Jason Pankow Conferences, Hiring Bias, HR, Influence, Interviewing, Jason Pankow, Leadership, Personal Brand, Recruiting, Uncategorized

This week, Microsoft is hosting Codess on campus in Redmond.  Codess is a networking event for women engineers—a place where they can get together and learn, mentor, and meet new people like themselves in a world that is dominated by men. The brain trust behind this event is my colleague, Alexa Glick (@alexa_glick for your own enrichment purposes).  She coordinated …

The Dos and Don’ts of Sleeping At Work: Lessons From An Alaska Airlines Baggage Handler

Jason Pankow Bad HR, Current Affairs, in the news, Jason Pankow, Work Life Balance

In case you missed it, earlier this week, an Alaska Airlines flight leaving my home base airport of SeaTac, quickly realized they needed to turn around. Shortly after takeoff, the pilot began hearing a banging noise coming from the cargo hold of the plane.  The banging was accompanied by yelling.  It was obvious that there was a person IN the …

Everyone Needs Their Mr. Spock

Jason Pankow Culture, Current Affairs, Generations, HR, in the news, Jason Pankow, Leadership, Pop Culture, Television, Uncategorized

Whatever… I know it’s late.  But my turn wasn’t up yet. Still, despite the late timing, I can’t let my opportunity pass without paying homage to the one and only Leonard Nimoy. I grew up with Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock—a beautiful 1970s bromance. Captain Kirk was the epitome of leadership.  He was strong.  He was decisive.  He was good …

Five Common Employees… As Shown by the Oscars

Jason Pankow Audacious Ideas, Culture, Jason Pankow, Performance, Pop Culture, Talent Strategy, Television

Another year of entertainment has come and gone.  The awards season is officially over with the completion of the 87th Annual Academy Awards. If you are anything like me—as you were watching all the beautiful women in gorgeous dresses and the handsome men with their chiseled jaws and trendy facial hair walk down the red carpet with their doting spouses, …

Strong Leaders Are Expected to Take Risks… A Defense of Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks

Jason Pankow Coaching, Current Affairs, Good HR, Jason Pankow, Leadership, Sports

I really can write about more than just the Seattle Seahawks.  I promise.  Here’s proof. I knew I was due to write the week after the Superbowl.  However, I had hoped to be writing about how to stay on top.  About how to continue to keep employees/players motivated so you are always putting the best product out on the field. …

What Would You Do With Marshawn Lynch?

Jason Pankow Culture, HR, HR & Sports, in the news, Jason Pankow, Personal Brand, Pop Culture, Sports

Ok… I was trying really really hard NOT to write about the Seahawks. I think it’s pretty clear from past posts that I love my Seahawks. And, given that they are in the Superbowl (the first team to go to back-to-back Superbowls since… well, since the last time it happened), I figured it would just be expected that I would write …

Hackers Suck! Sony Can’t Win.

Jason Pankow Current Affairs, Employee Relations, in the news, Jason Pankow, politics, Uncategorized

I’m feeling really bad for Sony right now.  They didn’t ask for all of this.  All they did was make a movie about a scum bag dictator in order to score some laughs.  Now, here they sit in a no-win situation. Let’s recap.  Because of an upcoming movie called The Interview, hackers crack into Sony.  They steal a ton of …

Don’t Bash The First Daughters – Another Lesson in Not Being Dumb On Social Media

Jason Pankow Culture, HR, in the news, Jason Pankow, Personal Brand, politics, Pop Culture, Social Media

If you’re reading this, I can assume a few things: You are super smart. You are very good looking. You are active in the social world. This is likely not the first time you have seen this argument.  And, I promise you it will not be the last.  Social media is here to stay.  And even those who try their …

Never Underestimate the Power of “Thank You!”

Jason Pankow Communication, Compensation/Cash Money, Driving Productivity, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Jason Pankow, Performance, Recognition

I was having a little jibber jabber this evening with a close friend.  We were discussing work.  This is great, that sucks, this is new, can’t believe this is still happening.  You know… the usual. This friend has been with her company for a while.  She often sounds a bit burned out or fed up.  I have asked her on …