Don’t Believe Everything You Read or Watch, Even on HR Websites

Mark Fogel Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, FOT Reads, Free Speech, Good HR, Mark Fogel, politics, Television

We have heard the saying a million times: “Don’t believe everything you read”. Or maybe it is “don’t believe everything you hear or see on TV”. In any event, written, verbal or visual, with the advent of social media and 24-hour cable news, we are bombarded with a smorgasbord of “news” on demand. And how do we know if we …

HR Tech on TV

Steve Boese Communication, HR Tech, HR Technology, Steve Boese, Television

With the proliferation over the last 15 years or so of TV networks followed more recently by satellite radio channels and online streaming services for both video and audio content (like Hulu or Spotify), there has been a commensurate increase in the amount and availability of advertisements. After all, just about all forms of “free” content we consume are ad-supported. With …

Donald Trump… You’re Fired!

Jason Pankow Audacious Ideas, Current Affairs, HR, in the news, Jason Pankow, politics, Television

Have I mentioned before that I love politics?  Well… I do!  I love the argument!  I love the drama!  I love the insults!  I follow all of it, and I love to dissect every little piece of info that comes around. But, lately, I’m annoyed.  I’m annoyed at this talking hairpiece named Donald Trump.  What, exactly, annoys me?  Simple… I …

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, …

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. …

Must-See TV! Is It Better For Employees to Watch The Walking Dead or Gotham?

Jason Pankow Audacious Ideas, Employee Relations, Hiring Bias, HR, Jason Pankow, Performance, Television

It’s that time of year, again.  The time when you can’t figure out what the heck you want to watch because there are so many new things on TV. As I sat programming my DVR, eating pork rinds and trying to remember what my toes look like, I began to wonder: What does it say about our employees when we examine the …

The Ballad of Phil Robertson

Jason Pankow Bad HR, Communication, Current Affairs, Employee Communications, Jason Pankow, Pop Culture, Religion, Television

DISCLAIMER: Jason is not a poet.  And he knows it! ______________ Now, sit back kids, grab a chair and relax. Have a beer and a banana. Cuz, I’m gonna tell you bout a man named Phil From the country of Louisiana. (said Loo-Siana for cadence purposes.) You see, Phil was born to a poor family, All their food came from …

HR Lessons from the Red Wedding

Jason Pankow Bad HR, Jason Pankow, Television

You know…I’ve been trying really hard all week to find a way to incorporate the Red Wedding into a blog post.  I mean surely there’s something.  For those of you that read and/or watch Game of Thrones, you know what I am talking about.  For those of you that don’t, I have nothing to say to you.  For anyone who …

Let's Talk About The Great Engagement Debate

Kathy Rapp Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, Employee Communications, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Television

Big Bird – “Who likes debates?” Seth Meyers – (looking mildly amused/concerned) Big Bird – “de-fishes!” In case you missed it, SNL invited Big Bird to Weekend Update given all the talk about PBS in the first presidential debate.  Did anyone talk about the debate at work last week?  I'm sure whatever your political view, there was enough interest for …