HR, Take Some Risks and Just Say “What the ****”

Mark Fogel Change, Mark Fogel, Risks

My favorite movie line of all time and something every HR practitioner needs to do, “Sometimes you need to just say ‘what the ****’ and take some risks.” The quote comes from the movie Risky Business. Joel, the character played by Tom Cruise, is much like a teenage version of an HR pansy. Coasting through life on smarts, good looks …

“Elect” to Make Change For The Better

John Whitaker Change Management, John Whitaker

Hey there FOT’ers, Whitaker here, being decidedly un-hip. You know what IS “hip” right now? The emotionally wrought, hyperbolic, “end of the world” post. President-Elect Donald Trump had a remarkable night, people are connecting the dots to Nostradamus, quoting Revelations, and Alec Baldwin is house-shopping in France (again.) Such drama, such hypocrisy, and such non-productive behavior. Exactly as it would have been …

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Meet The New Boss….

John Whitaker Career Paths, John Whitaker

Being the “new guy” is always an exciting position – something about that clean slate is invigorating, and you have the added benefit of saying “I’m new” for that 3 or 4 week honeymoon period when everybody loves you [shelf life of that phase varies]. It’s obviously a little different when you come into a leadership role; the “excitement” also comes with a …

Welcome? 3 (More) Challenges For the FNG

John Whitaker employee experience, John Whitaker, Onboarding, Organizational Development, Personal Brand, Social Media and Talent

Back in June, I wrote a post describing some of the initial pain points of re-entering the corporate world after years in a role as a consultant. Much of the challenge is acclimating to the new physical environment – dress codes, standard work hours, staff meetings and the like. All of the brick & mortar adaptations that initially shock our …

Managing Your Recruiting Career, Is It Time For a Year of Yes?

Kelly Dingee Career Paths, Change, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kelly Dingee, Recruiting, Social Recruiting, Sourcing, Uncategorized

Seems like everyone is due for a year of yes.  Shonda Rimes had one and she’s ridiculously creative and successful.  Bethenny Frankel decided to come from A Place of Yes a few years back. I decided at the beginning of 2016 that it was time for me to have a year of yes.  Why? Let me backtrack for you.  2 1/2 …

3 Hidden Costs of Change

John Whitaker Change, Change Management, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, John Whitaker

When a company is in an uproar, it’s estimated that employees will lose as much as 2 additional hours per day in productivity. The anxiety associated with change or even the possibility of change puts people into a distracted state beyond the norm. But would you be surprised to know that there are other activities your employees are doing every day that can …

Physics and HR – Turning Up The Heat

John Whitaker John Whitaker

Are we having fun yet? Or, have I exhausted your imagination with my metaphorical marathon? If you’re late to the party, here’s a brief recap: Newton’s Laws of Motion directly align with our responsibilities to “Move People” An object (employee) at rest will stay at rest. An object (employee) in motion will stay in motion in the same direction and …

For HR Pros Mission is Peaceful – Implementation is Violent

Paul Hebert Change, Change Management, Culture, Employee Engagement, Paul Hebert

Sometimes people surprise you. It happened to me this past weekend. I was lounging around looking for a movie to fill up a couple of hours and “Fury”—the WWII tank war movie was on HBO or Showtime or some such channel. I’d seen it before, and it was okay. Okay enough for me to not change the channel and continue …