Development Plans For HiPos: Complicated

Kris Dunn Engagement and Satisfaction, Innovation, Kris Dunn, Learning and Development, Organizational Development, Succession Planning, T+D

Let’s face it, most of you have high potentials at your company. Whether they work for you directly or are part of your extended team, they’re there.  Also, you may or may not have a formal succession plan in place and even if you do, you may or may not have told them they’re a part of it. Translation: Thinking …

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 …

Analytics Gone Wild – Increase In Talent

Tim Sackett Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, FOT Reads, Good HR, HR, Innovation, Metrics, Organizational Development, Tim Sackett

One cool thing about going to a bunch of HR and Talent conferences in the spring is you get to hear what everyone is doing around the world.  At one point in the past two weeks, I honestly can’t remember who or where I heard someone speak about measuring their “increase in talent” to the organization. The actual measure was something …

3 Ways To Create Your Own Warrior Team

Kathy Rapp Change, Coaching, Culture, HR, HR & Sports, in the news, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Organizational Development, Performance, Recruiting, Sports

On April 13th, the Golden State Warriors made history with their 73rd win for the season.  In just a bit over 5 years they’ve gone from trash to cash, literally quadrupling the $450 million dollar investment led by Joe Lacob, a partner in the Silicon Valley VC firm, Kleiner Perkins. Lacob, and a number of his VC friends, will tell …

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 …

Hierarchy Isn’t the Problem, Oppression Is!

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Culture, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Innovation, Organizational Development, Talent Management Power Rankings

Hierarchy is falling out of favor like jean shorts and intelligent political discord. I think it’s a scapegoat. Hierarchy doesn’t necessarily stifle innovation and engagement in the Knowledge Economy. What does? Answer: Discouraging opposing points of view, restricting access to information and ideas, and micro-management. These are the problematic behaviors that we need to banish, but these behaviors are not …

What To Do When Struggling With a Jerk at Work

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Communication, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Harassment, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Organizational Development, Personal Brand

Unfortunately, many of us will eventually have to work with someone we don’t get along with. Most of us will believe this other person is incompetent (or rude or dishonest or unqualified or whatever it is that we have a problem with), so we’ll spend the better part of the relationship simply wishing the other person would simply move along. …

How To Assess Your True Corporate Culture

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Organizational Development

In my last entry, we covered the role of corporate culture in achieving your company’s mission. Ideally, your corporate culture guides people’s behaviors to be consistent with the corporate values, which enable you to implement your strategy for achieving your mission. The trick is assessing whether your corporate culture is, in fact, aligned with your values. If it’s not, this …

“I’m Not Your HR Person” and Other Things You Want To Say To Your Parents

Kathy Rapp Communication, Culture, Good HR, HR, in the news, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Organizational Development, Seat at the Table, The HR Profession

It’s inevitable. Every holiday or family gathering means that at some point, usually within 45 minutes of your arrival, a parent will pull you aside and say, “Can you take a look at my computer?” Then, with great expectations, he/she will lead you into the office/bedroom and hover as you Google how to increase PC speed or fix a router. …