Your First Hire, Your First Fire and HR Power

Do you remember your first hire, the one that marked your entry into the glamorous world of HR? It’s a big rush to offer someone a job, and it makes… Get the Rest

How to Admit You Screwed Up a Talent Decision

“If it weren’t for all the people issues, running this business would be easy.” That’s a tongue in cheek quote from one of my favorite friends at work.

How to Screw Up the Management Off-Site

For decades, the leadership off-site meeting has been a favorite tool of management consultants worldwide. “We have issues, so let's get the team together away from the office

Telling High Potential Employees That They’re High Potential

One of the cool things about writing at FOT is that I get to meet tons of folks from around the country. I often get questions from those

Some Hires Might Not Be Worth the Trouble – Lawsuit Uber is Fighting Proves It

I’m a House of Cards fan…power, subterfuge, shady deals and intrigue. Sign me up. Can’t wait for the new season. I like drama and backroom politics. It’s fun

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Anatomy of the Counter Offer – What the Employee Hears…

A top candidate of mine just had “the talk” with his boss. He put in his notice, and the response was so very predictable. The boss offered apologies,

The Bad Stack of Pancakes in Talent Management

As my kids were growing up, I bet I watched the original Toy Story, where Woody first meets Buzz Lightyear….oh, about 653 times. Given other brutal options like

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How Talent (or Lack Thereof) Can Lead to Systemic Business Failure

The legend, John Hollon, tore into United here at FOT earlier this week, accurately writing that culture problems are the core reason Satan ranks higher than United in

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The Chicago Cubs and Cultural Fit

Major League Baseball regular season games start this weekend. As a lifelong and passionate Cardinals fan, the idea of writing a post about the Chicago Cubs and their

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Labor Market Novelty and Candidate Confidence

I started off my week yesterday reviewing the typical brilliance from fellow FOT contributor, Steve Boese, over at his personal site, Steve Boese's HR Technology. Steve and I