Kris Dunn Reviews “The Founder” (Starring Michael Keaton as McDonald’s Founder Ray Kroc)

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Brand Ambassadors, Culture, Driving Productivity, Good HR, Innovation, Kris Dunn

Last weekend I had a choice to make.  Go to La La Land with my wife and mother-in-law, or play the “man-up” card, save my father-in-law and go see “The Founder” starring Michael Keaton chronicling the story of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc. I chose the man-up route.  Keaton did not disappoint. First things first and the necessary disclosures – The Founder …

Four Things that Make a Business Builder

RJ Morris Always Be Closing, Business Development, Candidate Pool, Driving Productivity, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Recruiting, RJ Morris

Twitter is in the news a lot lately, with the return of Jack Dorsey as its CEO. Some stories revolve around Dorsey and his relationship with Fred Wilson, a relatively famous venture capitalist who writes at avc.com. Wilson has some great insight into what he looks at when picking a business leader—not an Ops person, but a leader. I like Wilson’s …

The Rules of HR Club

Paul Hebert HR, Paul Hebert, Trench HR

It never fails. At least once a month (usually more often than that) a post will go up on some blog about how bad HR is doing their job. They are not strategic. They are not people-focused. They are not business-focused. They can’t read a deal sheet or a spreadsheet. They can’t do differential calculus after 6 shots and a …

Remove It Or Use It – Achieving Your HR Goals In 2015

Paul Hebert Change Management, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Paul Hebert, Seat at the Table

We’re only a few weeks into the new year and most of us have been through the process of reviewing last year’s work, checking the boxes of things completed, pulling forward or hiding those that were left unaccomplished and setting your goals for 2015. If you’re like me, you try to keep your list of goals short. I try to …

Being Smart Isn’t a Job Description

Paul Hebert Driving Productivity, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance

It’s the Friday before a holiday and you don’t really want to read another tome on employee engagement, do you? You want something light, fluffy, yet tasty and worth the effort. Let’s see if I can serve that up for you. Wicked Smaht We love smart people. We love to listen to them. We love to sit with them and …

3 Parenting Lessons For a Career in HR

John Whitaker HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, John Whitaker, Leadership, Performance, Seat at the Table, The HR Profession, Training and Development

Here at FOT, we’re all about the children… you might even say that we believe that children are our future, so teach them well and let them lead the way. And as parents like you, we are constantly seeking ways to make sure our little apples are prepared for the day they fall from the tree. But how often do you roll out …

Maybe the Ignorant Have the Best HR Answers

Paul Hebert Change Management, Good HR, HR, Influence, Innovation, Paul Hebert, The FOT Soap Box, The HR Profession

I am ignorant. I’m not stupid.  I’m not slow.  I’m just ignorant. I’m ignorant of what HR practitioners go through every day.  I don’t know what they hear from their bosses.  I don’t know what they hear from their direct reports.  I don’t know what they hear from other employees. I do know what I hear from my HR buddies.  …

The Curious Case Of Handling The Injured Customer

Meredith Soleau Good HR, Meredith Soleau

Yesterday, a customer fell in our showroom. I was called in to deal this customer. You’re probably wondering why HR would deal with an injured customer, and the answer is simple. The answer is… I don’t know why. I guess that since I deal with injured employees, somehow dealing with injured customers has fallen into my wheelhouse of things-to-do-that-no-one-else-really-knows-how-to-handle. Actually, the …

Headline #SHRM13 – Hillary Says Don’t Pay Attention

Paul Hebert HR, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, SHRM

Well… not really. What Ms. Clinton said – I surmised from the twitter stream because my flight was delayed and I couldn’t make it to her chat – was “follow the trend lines not the headlines.”  It must have resonated with a few folks because I saw it retweeted quite a bit.  That is a very, very important statement. However, …