Straight Outta Your Employees: The Power of User-Generated Content

Holland Dombeck McCue Holland Dombeck, HR, HR & Marketing, Pop Culture, Recruiting, Social Media, Social Media and Talent, Social Recruiting, Talent Strategy

Straight Outta Compton, the musical biopic about hip-hop group N.W.A,  opened two weeks ago to the tune of $60.2M in box office sales, steamrolling their initial $40M projections. The film attributes opening weekend success to a strong marketing campaign with a wildly successful social media play.  For most of August, social media streams have been plastered with ‘Straight Outta…’ memes …

Intimacy In The Workplace: It’s a “Do”

Kathy Rapp Change, Communication, Culture, Diversity, Driving Productivity, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Pop Culture, Retention, Work Life Balance

The Breakfast Club (TBC) is 30 years old this year, which means I first saw it when I was 3. Okay… maybe I was 5. It’s a classic movie that highlights 5 different types of high school students and a Saturday spent in detention. It depicts the students as the criminal, the basketcase, the princess, the brain and the athlete. …

A Compensation Plan Where Everyone Earns More Is… Stupid

RJ Morris Bad HR, Compensation/Cash Money, Leadership, Pop Culture, RJ Morris

When I finished my undergrad, I wanted to be a college professor. Summers off, four or five classes to teach, the opportunity to do research, no high school punks to deal with—it seemed perfect for me. So, I entered grad school and taught two classes on my own while taking my classes. I loved teaching, but hated being a teacher. …

Connecting To Humans At Work

Paul Hebert Coaching, Communication, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert, Pop Culture

I’ve been on a tear for the last couple of years to get companies – no, reset – not companies – PEOPLE (companies are NOT people) to approach their business in a more human way. Too much of the recent focus of business has been on software, and making the engagement effort at most companies a function of survey responses, …

Everyone Needs Their Mr. Spock

Jason Pankow Culture, Current Affairs, Generations, HR, in the news, Jason Pankow, Leadership, Pop Culture, Television, Uncategorized

Whatever… I know it’s late.  But my turn wasn’t up yet. Still, despite the late timing, I can’t let my opportunity pass without paying homage to the one and only Leonard Nimoy. I grew up with Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock—a beautiful 1970s bromance. Captain Kirk was the epitome of leadership.  He was strong.  He was decisive.  He was good …

Five Common Employees… As Shown by the Oscars

Jason Pankow Audacious Ideas, Culture, Jason Pankow, Performance, Pop Culture, Talent Strategy, Television

Another year of entertainment has come and gone.  The awards season is officially over with the completion of the 87th Annual Academy Awards. If you are anything like me—as you were watching all the beautiful women in gorgeous dresses and the handsome men with their chiseled jaws and trendy facial hair walk down the red carpet with their doting spouses, …

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 …