Whose Moccasins Are You Wearing?

John Whitaker Career Paths, Change, John Whitaker

Like too few of my colleagues in Human Resources, I actually fell into an HR “Business Partner” role after years in other positions. Ten years of sales, overlapped with management, operations, and training, then recruiting, then somehow I found myself in the HR suite in my early 30’s. What I found, to my benefit, was that my past job experience …

The Middle Ball

John Whitaker Change, John Whitaker

My Dad had a bitchin’ office. Realize this is coming from the perspective of a 9-year old who still considered Batman figurines “cool,” but I’m going to say my opinion holds up. He had a computer (this was 1970’s technology, so it was the size of a small car), a speaker phone that looked exactly like the one from Charlie’s Angels, …

A New Holiday Tradition?

John Whitaker Driving Productivity, HR, John Whitaker

Editor’s note: This is the second of three in a series of posts we’ll be running at FOT about workplace productivity, based on a national poll conducted by Red Bull and Harris Interactive. FOT + Red Bull = pretty interesting.  Let the mediocrity begin! According to a recent Harris Study, it’s estimated that half of all American workers will lose productivity in this …

Keep Your Pants On…

John Whitaker HR (& Life!) Advice, John Whitaker

Anthony, Anthony, Anthony….you twit. Your entire life, you work to achieve a position of stature and influence, overcoming what had to be a tough playground experience as a child, only to betray yourself in the most ironic of ways considering your surname. TWICE. Weiner is certainly not the first powerful man to succumb to the temptations of the flesh -hell, even now he’s sharing the spotlight …

With Friends Like Me…

John Whitaker Employee Relations, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, John Whitaker

“Always drink upstream from the herd.” – Will Rogers One of the lesser-known pitfalls for an HR professional working as a Business Partner is one not normally mentioned when the topic of “HR Competencies” is discussed. At least in a corporate HRBP role, you can actually run into the complication of being too damn friendly. Truthfully, it can be a …

Roadkill

John Whitaker Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, John Whitaker, Leadership

…that’s what you find in the middle of the road. Too indecisive, too slow, and eventually too flat. Jim Hightower, former Texas Railroad Commissioner & lifetime rabble-rouser, is the owner of the quote, “The middle of the road is for yellow lines and dead armadillos.” Filed at the top of the “Wish I Said That First” list, I’ve used this …

Oh, one more thing….“Be prepared to leave the company.”

John Whitaker Employment Law, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, John Whitaker

“Be prepared to leave the company.” That’s the professional opinion I gave the Mrs., sometime last year when she was feeling jerked around by her employer and had reached the point of making a formal complaint to Human Resources. It’s a sad commentary on our profession, but I knew the potential end-game she faced once that bridge was crossed – …