Surprise! You’re An HR Manager…Now What?

Tim Sackett Career Paths, Leadership, Tim Sackett

Read a good article a few weeks ago by the Associated Press business staff, Surprise! You’ve become a manager. Now what, which explores a couple of concepts with new managers: 1. Assess what you’re doing, and does it fit the goals of the organization; 2. Accomplish something everyday (keep the number small – i.e., 3 tasks). The tendency for new …

How Sesame Street Changed Your Organization…

Tim Sackett Culture, Tim Sackett

With Sesame Street turning 40 this week, it really got me thinking about the lessons and characters I grew up with watching this iconic show.  As I thought about it, I began to connect people in my own organization and how Sesame Street is really just a snap shot of our own professional lives. So, here’s my Sesame Street view …

Your Most Valuable Employee – The H1N1 Formula…

Tim Sackett Culture, Tim Sackett

I witnessed an interesting thing happen in the last two weeks, organizations all over the country are quickly falling victim to H1N1.  In mass, you have employees missing work, schools are closing, parents need to be at home to take care of kids, and then they come back sick.  What I find most interesting is the small back office conversations …

Would A-Rod be an “A” Player in Your Organization?

Tim Sackett Leadership, Tim Sackett

The best time of year to watch Major League Baseball is the Playoffs, or potentially Spring Training, since it’s really the only time you can get close enough to really see why these guys get paid what they do.  I have to admit it, I root for the Yankee’s (but only if the Tigers are out of it).  The reason …

Lies, Damned Lies and Lies You Tell In HR…

Tim Sackett Tim Sackett

The Wall Street Journal recently had an article “Lies, Damned Lies and Lies You Tell Your Spouse” where as you can imagine went over what types of lies are alright to tell your spouse and why.  They had your typical lies that you would expect: Does this dress make me look fat? (Of course not…the dress has nothing to do …

What Are The Odds Your Kid Will Grow Up to Be in HR?

Tim Sackett Tim Sackett

The website BookofOdds.com had an interesting article recently titled “Hey Kids, Pick A Career“, in which they give certain odds on what occupations your child (or any child born for that matter) will become a certain profession.  As you can imagine they give you some of the obvious first, like odds my kid will be a: Surgeon: 1 in 2,872 …

How Zappos Ruined HR …

Tim Sackett Culture, Tim Sackett

So, I’m getting ready to register for any one of about 15 HR Conferences in the next 3 months, and I’ve yet to find an agenda where they don’t have someone from Zappos speaking about how great it is to work at Zappos.  Now, I don’t want to be a hater, but can’t someone get back to the Poop Deck …

The New American Dream…a Union Job…

Tim Sackett Engagement and Satisfaction, Tim Sackett

I’ll go all KD and disclose something before you continue reading – I don’t like Unions.  I don’t like unions the way fat kids don’t like gym class, the way the Yankee’s don’t like the Red Sox and (for my kids) the way Mario doesn’t like Bowser.  I grew up in Michigan and had a ton of family working for …

Better Performance Reviews in 140 Characters…

Tim Sackett HR Technology, Tim Sackett

I had to give a couple of performance reviews last week, and it had been a while since I had sat down and done one.  In fact, the last time I did a review was prior to when I started using Twitter.  As I sat down to give these associates my nuggets of wisdom, development opportunities and pat-on-the-backs, it hit me …