What Would You Do With Marshawn Lynch?

Jason Pankow Culture, HR, HR & Sports, in the news, Jason Pankow, Personal Brand, Pop Culture, Sports

Ok… I was trying really really hard NOT to write about the Seahawks. I think it’s pretty clear from past posts that I love my Seahawks. And, given that they are in the Superbowl (the first team to go to back-to-back Superbowls since… well, since the last time it happened), I figured it would just be expected that I would write …

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 …

My Taylor Swift Letter To The Exec Who Rejected Us

RJ Morris Always Be Closing, Executive Search, Hiring Managers, Pop Culture, Recruiting, RJ Morris

I had an executive turn down an offer from us quite a while ago. My initial, immature reaction: “Bastard.” I’m kidding, of course. A little. I was angry and hurt. The division leader who teamed up with me for the recruiting effort called me after the rejection and said, “What do you normally do in this situation?” I replied, “I don’t …

Like Carol From The Walking Dead, Even Great Leaders Mess Up Sometimes

Jason Pankow Bad HR, Communication, HR, Jason Pankow, Leadership, Pop Culture, Television

First of all, if you haven’t watched the season premier of The Walking Dead, come back to read this after. This is a talent blog, not a spoiler site. Now… imagine this purely hypothetical scenario: You work in an office with limited space. Everyone in the office relies on one another to get their work done. It’s pretty close quarters. …

On #GIRLBOSS

Laurie Ruettimann Diversity, Laurie Ruettimann, Leadership, Pop Culture

We have three generations of “women leaders” in the workforce right now. The first wave is old school. They established businesses and made money while raising kids and managing households. Of the few women I know from this era, most of them are either dead or alcoholics. This is true. I love this generation. These crafty broads endured sexism and stupidity early …

Interviewing With Truth Serum. If Only.

RJ Morris Candidate Pool, Culture, Hiring Managers, Interviewing, Pop Culture, RJ Morris

Hiring managers are busy people, and every last one of them wants an easier way to interview. However, I coach executives that there is no real way to simplify one of the most complex and important things a leader can do—attract, interview, select and add a human being to their team of human beings. It is, in fact, an exercise fraught with …

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, …

Weird Al Writes the World’s Greatest Mission Statement

Jason Pankow Bad HR, Communication, Culture, HR, Jason Pankow, Pop Culture, Uncategorized

You may have seen the plethora of Weird Al videos invading your Facebook feed lately. You see, he currently has the #1 album in the country.  The video with the most visibility, at least in my circles, has been “Word Crimes.”  It’s especially important for us bloggers out there. However, another video, more important to us HR folks, IMHO, is “Mission …