What Is “Thinking Strategically” Anyway?

Throughout my career, I’ve seen employees lauded or criticized for their ability to “think strategically.” It’s in numerous competency models and used in performance management systems across the country. We… Get the Rest


VIDEO: Creating a Coaching Culture Via Technology (and Feedback)

Do folks want feedback... or do they want attention? After all, we're not on Facebook or Instagram asking for feedback, right? That's not really the world we live in.


Corporate Freudian Psychoanalysis: Is That A Cigar or Are You Just Engaged?

We're going to a weird place today. And I know this is a simplistic analysis but go with it… it’ll be fun! Freud (Sigmund, the psychiatry guy, not the


Yet ANOTHER Post on Performance Reviews – Personal NPS

The movie The Usual Suspects had a great line in it… “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” But few remember the

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Risk Averse? Shy? Here’s the Social Strategy For You…

One of the biggest issues for HR pros, Recruiters and Talent professionals when it comes to using social media at work is the concept of RISK.  The problem

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Cheering Foul Balls—Sometimes Effort Shouldn’t Count

I spend a lot of time at youth baseball and softball games these days. I have dust in my hair and dirt in my shoes from mid-March to

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Work-Life Balance: 70 or 75 – Whatever It Takes

In the dark ages when I was just a lad and worked at a large incentive and reward company, we had to fill out time sheets each week.

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How Do You Recover From a Crappy Day?

James Harden, arguably one of the top five players in the NBA this season, set a record for the most turnovers in a playoff game.  EVER.  13 terrible,

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Do Weak Managers Prefer One-Time Bonuses?

It’s hard for me to talk about bonuses without thinking of Clark Griswold getting a membership to the Jelly of the Month Club in Christmas Vacation. As Eddie


When Employees Bite Back: Prepping for the Feedback Session That’s Going to Suck…

It's May. Getting near halfway through the year. Might be time for you to actually give some feedback to the people who work for you. Or, if you're an HR