How to Make Your Organization Better at Decisions

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Innovation, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Organizational Development

Why is it so easy to criticize the decisions of others but so difficult to make the tough calls ourselves? What is it that makes high-stakes decisions so difficult? I used to think it was because it was hard to decide the right solution. But as I’ve coached executives struggling with such decisions, I’ve noticed that often it’s fairly clear …

VIDEO: L&D Hangout: How to Make Harassment Training Sexy

Kris Dunn Kris Dunn, Learning, Learning and Development, Worldwide FOT

You know it’s true—you’ve got a lot of opportunity to make your harassment training less boring and more dynamic. Watch the video above to hear Kris Dunn and Alison Cooley talk about ways to make harassment training more interactive, interesting and relevant to participants—while still having fun! Kris DunnKris Dunn is a Partner and CHRO at Kinetix, a national RPO …

Tinder CEO Makes Hires Off His Own App (Or Why It’s Time to Refresh Your Harassment Training)

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Harassment, HR, Kris Dunn, Learning, Learning and Development

Image from Meshworking.com Who here is on Tinder? Not me, people. But I appreciate the… cough… algorithm behind the app. I also appreciate how new technology makes seemingly unfathomable work mishaps not only possible—but probable. What mishaps you ask? Tinder CEO Sean Rad is actually making hires by swiping right on the app and thinks that’s perfectly reasonable. More from Fast Company: “Although …

3-Step Approach For Responding To Employee Concerns

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Influence, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Organizational Development

Company leadership receives input from employees in a variety of formats: Engagement surveys, pulse-check forums, rumors heard in the hallway, supervisors reporting what their teams are saying, etc. Yet, too often company leadership squanders the gift of this input, and actually discourages employees from sharing information from the front lines. They do this in a few ways: They criticize the …

I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!

Kathy Rapp Change, Change Management, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning, Pop Culture, The HR Profession

“Daily Affirmation with Stuart Smalley” is one of the reasons I continued to watch SNL in the 90’s.  Al Franken invented and acted out Stuart in a way that made you laugh and cringe at the same time. I’m not an affirmation gal.  The closest I get is coaching my daughter to tell me to “Buck up, Mommy!” whenever I …

L&D Hangout: How To Get Managers To Support L&D Activities

Cara Lucas Learning, Learning and Development, Video, Worldwide FOT

We all want our employees to continuously develop their skills, but sometimes there just isn’t enough support and encouragement from management for people to take advantage of L&D activities. Watch this episode of our L&D Hangout series with Fistful of Talent’s Kris Dunn and Training Specialist from Kinetix, Ginger Knighton,  to hear some tips on how to get managers on board with their …

WORK DREAMS: Teaching Mick Jagger to Eurostep…

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, HR, Kris Dunn, Learning, Learning and Development

How many of you have dreams about work? Of course you dream about work. How could you not? You work more than you sleep. I guess the key question is the following: How weird are your dreams about work? Are you married to the 64-year old boomer with the brochures about the tea party? Are you dating the accounts payable …

Is Your Feedback an April Fools’ Joke?

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Influence, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Organizational Development

April Fools’ Day is a fun tradition of fooling others into believing something that isn’t true. It’s mostly harmless and in good fun. It’s less harmless when this becomes the standard practice for giving feedback in the company. Yet all too often, companies inadvertently set up feedback mechanisms that encourage foolish feedback – the type that is inaccurate, incomplete, and …

What I Learned From AC/DC

Kathy Rapp Communication, Culture, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning, Organizational Development, Pop Culture, The HR Profession

If you read my bio,  you know I’m a music fan.  In particular, I get excited by loud, vibrant and heart-stopping tunes.  So when a former colleague messaged me he was touring with AC/DC and they’d be in Houston, I had no shame in asking (ok… begging) him for tickets. Not only did we have amazing seats, but he also hooked …

Are You Brave Enough To Teach Leaders To Not Treat Everyone Equally?

Kris Dunn Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, Culture, FOT Reads, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Kris Dunn, Learning, Learning and Development

Leadership slang time, people. Let’s give you a term you can text your fellow HR/Talent pros in response to hearing that they’re stuck in a time-suck they shouldn’t be in. The term/acronym? NINA. “No Influence, No Authority.” NINA refers to people who really can’t get things done in an organization, and it’s position/situation specific. Consider the following: – Authority is downward sloping. People with …