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 …

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 …

Addicted to Queso and Other Leadership Predicaments

Kathy Rapp Change, Change Management, Communication, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning and Development, wellness

I broke my left arm two weeks ago.  First broken bone, first ambulance ride, first ER visit.  All in tiny Columbus, Texas….which means I was terribly lucky they even had an ambulance, much less an ER. Why was I in Columbus?  It’s halfway between Austin and Houston and I was making a pit-stop.  And part of that stop involved queso. It …

Are Skills the New Employee Currency?

Cara Lucas Dawn Burke, Kris Dunn, Learning and Development

Training and development myths debunked! During this L&D Hangout, we explore a trend that smart L&D functions are embracing – the reality that investing in skill development is the best path to great performance (and retention!). Hear Kris Dunn and Dawn Burke’s lively conversation on how developing your talent in-house will accelerate your organization’s success. (And don’t forget to check …

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 …

Managerial Skill #27: Deflating Conflict Like Corporate Gandhi

RJ Morris Audacious Ideas, Coaching, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Performance, RJ Morris

Talent pros across the country have spent most of early 2016 trying to figure out how to basically just keep up. Escalating wages, tight labor markets and (mostly) good economic indicators. All we have to do is recruit and hire, retain top performers, set the right compensation, run a comprehensive but affordable benefits program and make sure everyone gets along. …

Leadership Lessons From Limp Bizkit

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, FOT Reads, HR, Kris Dunn, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development

I’m Generation X.  If there was ever any doubt about that, this post should put that doubt to rest. One day last year found me rolling through airports in Baton Rouge and Philadelphia.  As I was running through the Philadelphia airport to catch a plane, I spotted a bunch of old school autographed photos on the edge of a depressing …

A Prescription For Recruiting Training In 2016

Kelly Dingee HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kelly Dingee, Learning and Development, Training and Development

Will you come train my team? I love that question. Ask me 1 year ago, 2 years ago, 5 years ago, 8 years ago and the answer was always… heck, yeah! Training is fun… there’s a lot of give and take, and it is awesome to see recruiters have that “aha moment.” Do it well and your recruiting team will …