Strength in Unity

Ed Baldwin Communication, Ed Baldwin, Generations, in the news, Leadership

What do you remember most about 9/11?  It’s perhaps the most memorable day in our generation’s history. I suspect it will be mine. Here’s my story. I was working for an agricultural cooperative and I was responsible for a team of 430 men and women who sold agricultural input products to farmers. We were in the middle of our three-day …

Playing The Guitar Is Good For Business

Ben Martinez Business Development, Culture, Dress Code, Hiring Managers, HR, Leadership, Pop Culture, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition

I learned how to play the guitar a couple of years ago, ironically at the same time, I decided to start my own business. I can play about three songs on the guitar before I have to seek outside help. With my recruiting and HR consulting business, I can handle about three clients before I have to look for outside …

Employer Branding Lessons From Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Guest: Abby Cheesman Employment Branding and Culture, HR & Marketing, Leadership, Performance, Pop Culture, Recruitment Marketing, Succession Planning, Talent Strategy

I’ve been listening to Beyoncé and Jay-Z longer than our youngest intern has been alive. There, I said it. It’s a serious fandom, too. If you can hear “99 Problems” without singing along, I don’t know if we can even be friends. Don’t forget all of the Destiny’s Child classics like “Say My Name” or Beyoncé’s first solo album. I …

Smart Leaders Know That Letting People Fail Can Help Them Improve and Grow

John Hollon Business Development, Career Advice, Coaching, Culture, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Managing People

Raising children isn’t easy. Leading people is equally as challenging. In a lot of ways, leadership is very similar to raising a child. The big goal is to build people who are self-sufficient and self-reliant, but the trick is knowing just how much help you should give along the way. Although it seems to be improving, LinkedIn has a mixed …

It’s as Simple as Hugging a Goat

Kathy Rapp Candidate Pool, Change, Change Management, Communication, Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Interviewing, Job Market, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy

Petting zoos are a staple at small-town rodeos. Chicks, bunnies, ducks, pigs – and of course, baby goats. I’m beginning to believe goats are the new avocados. Stay with me, here. For the last few years, avocados have been the “it” food. Smashed, sliced, spread – every way you can top toast with avocado has been featured on menus at …

Good Leaders Give Bad News, Bad Leaders Avoid It at All Costs.

John Hollon HR, Leadership, Offboarding, Pop Culture, Talent Management, Workforce Management Articles

I’m always amazed at how so many leaders can get so far in management without learning one of the basic tenants of management. It’s this: Good leaders have to give bad news. Patty Azzarello learned this back when she became the youngest general manager in Hewlett Packard (HP) at the age of 33, and she reminded me of this basic …

Should I join this startup?

Guest: Justin Vandehey Books, Business Development, Career Advice, Career Paths, Interviewing, Leadership, Networking, Talent Strategy

Recently, a good friend of mine asked to grab coffee to talk about the pros and cons of leaving his current employer to join as the first employee at an early, seed-stage startup. In reflecting on his questions, I began to think back to the period in my life when I too left a steady job at a larger company …

When A Colleague Gets What’s Coming To Them, Graciousness Wins

Dawn Burke Career Advice, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Leadership, Mental Health, wellness

We’ve all dealt with a colleague or boss who treated us poorly. It hasn’t been the norm in my world, but in past occasions when it has happened, I would channel the five stages of grief over a 48-hour period: Denial: Did that just happen Anger: Eff that guy! Bargaining: Was it me? Man I stink, do I need to …

passive aggressive

The One Thing It Takes to Be a Real Manager

John Hollon Employee Relations, John Hollon, Leadership

Although it pains me to say it, I’m somewhat of an expert on passive-aggressive behavior. The good people at Wikipedia describe passive-aggressive behavior as follows: The indirect expression of hostility, such as through procrastination, stubbornness, sullen behavior, or deliberate or repeated failure to accomplish requested tasks for which one is (often explicitly) responsible. That’s a good definition, but Urban Dictionary gets …

3 Leadership Lessons Before You Drop-Kick Your Garmin

Kathy Rapp Career Advice, Change, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Development, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Organizational Development, Performance, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, wellness

I received a Garmin fitness tracker for Mother’s Day this year. This gift followed a Peloton bike for my wedding anniversary.  And before you think my husband is not so discreetly saying there’s more of me to love than he would like – I asked for both fitness gadgets (ok, the bike is not really a gadget given it costs …