Calling It Like It Is

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employment Branding and Culture, Executive Search, Good HR, Hiring Managers, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, politics, Recruiting

My conversation with my daughter this morning: Daughter:  “Mommy, you are just a little beautiful today.” Me:  “Well, I think you are completely beautiful.  Why am I just a little?” Daughter:  “I don’t like those jeans on you.  Or your shirt.” You’ve gotta love the unfiltered honesty of kids.  She also enjoys literally pointing out when I have “a big …

Hackers Suck! Sony Can’t Win.

Jason Pankow Current Affairs, Employee Relations, in the news, Jason Pankow, politics, Uncategorized

I’m feeling really bad for Sony right now.  They didn’t ask for all of this.  All they did was make a movie about a scum bag dictator in order to score some laughs.  Now, here they sit in a no-win situation. Let’s recap.  Because of an upcoming movie called The Interview, hackers crack into Sony.  They steal a ton of …

White People and Political Correctness

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Communication, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, in the news, Kris Dunn, Labor, Leadership, Learning, politics

The first thing I want you to know is that this post has nothing to do with with things you might expect based on the title.  Let me give you some examples of things this post is not about: —Ferguson, MO or any of the fallout from that situation (Are there any moderates in this situation I should be reading?) …

Don’t Bash The First Daughters – Another Lesson in Not Being Dumb On Social Media

Jason Pankow Culture, HR, in the news, Jason Pankow, Personal Brand, politics, Pop Culture, Social Media

If you’re reading this, I can assume a few things: You are super smart. You are very good looking. You are active in the social world. This is likely not the first time you have seen this argument.  And, I promise you it will not be the last.  Social media is here to stay.  And even those who try their …

Smoke ’em If You Got ’em! An Elected Official’s Run-In With HR.

Jason Pankow Employee Relations, HR, in the news, Jason Pankow, politics, Pop Culture

There’s a story kicking around my hood that I thought FOT readers might enjoy. You may have heard, during the 2012 election, the educated/enlightened/hipster voters of the great state of Washington, together with our progressive friends in Colorado, decided to de-criminalize marijuana. The feeling is that it’s not as harmful as other things we put in our bodies (tobacco, alcohol, …

RANT: Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down

Kris Dunn Bad HR, Employee Communications, HR, Kris Dunn, politics, Salary Caps

God, I like you people. You’re nice. You’re professional. You shop at Dillards, so you always look fresh and clean—which brings us to our first video featuring Andre 3000. (Email subscribers, click through, because there’s probably going to be a lot of videos in this one.) You’re winning. There’s just this one little problem. As talent pros, you’re stuck in a …

Is Mary Barra Loyal, Crazy, Naive or Just Too Late?

RJ Morris Employee Relations, Leadership, politics, Pop Culture, RJ Morris, Uncategorized

I was thirteen years old when Oliver North got busted in the Iran-Contra Affair in 1986. The young kids in the audience probably only know Ollie as a conservative media guy, appearing on Hannity regularly. I first heard of North when President Reagan held a press conference to say that he had just fired him. Having the leader of the free …

Don’t Call Me HR

RJ Morris Communication, Influence, Leadership, politics, RJ Morris, Uncategorized

I have never been good at the public confrontation that sometimes exists in the business world. Corporate politics, power struggles, back-stabbing, blaming—I hate most of that. I’m a lover, not a fighter, folks. What do I love, however? I enjoy watching those awkward moments when someone tries an office power play and fails. The uncomfortable awesomeness of one person trying …

Game of Thrones and Lincoln: Moderates Make the Best Leaders. (Spoiler Alert)

Kris Dunn Games, Kris Dunn, Leadership, politics, Profiles

Here’s one reality that bears remembering as we walk our path in today’s workplace: Being a bit disruptive is interesting.  Being extreme, especially most/all the time, is a death wish. Case in point–let’s look at Lincoln and Game of Thrones for fodder. I’m reading Team of Rivals in all my spare time, which illustrates the rise of Abraham Lincoln to …