Scrap The Cat Pics If You Want To Be Taken Seriously

Kathy Rapp Communication, Conferences, Employee Communications, Employment Branding and Culture, Kathy Rapp, Learning and Development, Training and Development

I attended a HR forum recently with some decent topics and speakers.  There was good energy in the room, most everyone was engaged and then… the cat picture! A HR speaker from a well-known, global organization got up to talk about talent management and her second slide was some stupid cat image. To add insult to injury, she says, “I …

The Tale of Kitty Clark: And Some Brand Spankin’ New Research

Chelsea Rowe Current Affairs, Employment Law, Harassment, HR, in the news, Learning and Development, The HR Profession

$3 billion to $35.4 billion. Keep that number in the back of your mind. We’ll get there in a minute. For now, I want you to use your mind’s eye to imagine the following: Long straggly, dirty blond hair, gum chewing, ripped bell bottom jeans, flannel shirts, usually bare footed, trash-talking 8th grader. Even the teachers feared her. She never …

Hey Big Data, I’m Just Trying To Do My Job…

Holland Dombeck McCue Holland Dombeck, HR Tech, HR Technology, Learning and Development, Organizational Development

Pharmacy transactions, on average, account for around 70% of overall daily sales at stores like Walgreens; everything else is just really pennies on the dollar. So it’s not much of a shock that when a customer expresses that they are taking their pharmacy business up the road, it’s a pretty big deal. Once a week I was granted the privilege …

You Have So Much Potential

William Tincup Audacious Ideas, Culture, Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Leadership, Learning and Development, Organizational Development, Recognition, Retention, Succession Planning, Talent Strategy, William Tincup

If you were MENSA eligible, would you join the organization? For me, the answer is a resounding NO. The main reason is… it would screw with me, and it would hinder my ability to have relationships with normal people. See… normal people. WTF. If you’re smart, turns out, you know it. Having an outside, third-party objective organization tell you that …

Read Less – Know More – Think Better

Paul Hebert Communication, Learning and Development, Paul Hebert, Seat at the Table, The FOT Soap Box

I have over 300 feeds in my Feedly reader (FYI—I still hold a grudge against Google for dropping Google reader). And I disagree with almost everything written on each of them (except this one, of course). In fact… I am unhappy, depressed, angry and in some cases—stupid (or more stupid)—for quite a while after I read through my feed. (You …

The Missing Ingredient with Failure: Leader Acceptance

Guest: David Van Rooy Audacious Ideas, Culture, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Leadership, Learning and Development

The idea that failure is a good thing has become a vogue topic of late. The hope that you can always “fail forward” or find growth from failure is both appealing and comforting. There are enough articles on this topic that it would be easy to jump to the false conclusion that failure is always good, so long as you …

March Madness For Learning & Development

Dan Carusi Dan Carusi, Leadership, Learning and Development

I look forward to the NCAA Tournament and March Madness every year. Who doesn’t?  The close games, upsets, excitement, Cinderella stories and just good basketball.  Okay, with the exception of my wife, who by now has realized that two minutes left in the game really means 30. I diligently completed my bracket picks and anxiously waited for the opening rounds, …

Talent Swag: Transparency in Identifying Leadership Potential

Guest: Michael Lamm Business Development, Coaching, Employee Coaching, HR, Leadership, Learning and Development, Recognition, Talent Management Power Rankings, Training and Development

Okay, let me start by saying I’m a pretty young guy and I feel as though I’m “hip to the jive.” I can also admit that some nights I sit with my fiancée and, without complaint, watch a full hour of E! News. But, what the heck is “swag?” When you turn to the millennial man’s best friend, Google, you …

Extraverts May Win The Battle, But Neurotics Win The War

Chelsea Rowe Audacious Ideas, Current Affairs, Learning and Development, Performance, Science

While we may be entering the age of the introvert (anyone read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain?), extroverts have long been cashing out on the benefits of their personality.  Nothing new, right? Extraverts are easy to spot. They: enjoy being the center of attention, often think out loud, tend to …

Learning by Crashing

Dan Carusi Dan Carusi, Learning and Development, Organizational Development, T+D

“Experiential Learning” is the process of making meaning from direct experience, i.e., learning from experience.  We’ve done this most of our lives—such as learning to ride a bicycle—yet many learning professionals ignore this approach when it comes to skill and competency development within an organization.  The formal classroom experience is not going to cut it unless there is the opportunity …