How Do You Want To Go Out?

Kathy Rapp Career Advice, Giving Notice, Kathy Rapp

I read an article recently called, “What your burial outfit says about you“.  Evidentially the phrase “bury me in this” on Twitter is a thing. Most of the tweets are selfies taken by 20-somethings nowhere near death, and feature slinky outfits you see at gyms or clubs (or so I’m told…). The article goes on to describe the shift in …

Don’t Confuse Operation Leaders & Business Leaders 

RJ Morris Employee Development, Outmatch, RJ Morris, Talent Management

The hardest decision Chief Executives and their talent pros make involves figuring out who to put in the big chairs in their companies.  A big chair means running a unit or a division – your titles might be different, but I mean someone who is the Top Dog in a significant part of your operation.  Someone who can lead a …

Remember, Clueless Management Never Goes Out of Style

John Hollon Corporate America, in the news, John Hollon

It’s late summer, everybody out here in the People’s Republic of California seem to be on vacation, and Labor Day is still a couple of weeks away. So, it’s time for some old school clueless management from the good people over at Tronc. Don’t know what “Tronc” is? I’d be surprised if you did, but it’s the silly name given …

How to Screw Up the Management Off-Site

RJ Morris Bad HR, Change Management, Coaching, Corporate America, Engagement and Satisfaction, Leadership, RJ Morris

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 and fix everything that’s wrong. Hire a facilitator to help us help ourselves.” Done and done. At its worst, it’s not quite group therapy, but it’s close. At its best, it’s a …

Amateur Hour at Uber: Too Many Managers With Too Little Experience

John Hollon Bad HR, Change Management, John Hollon, Leadership

Managers don’t get much respect at Uber. How else would you explain the fact that 63 percent of the ride-share company’s management team is, according to head of global diversity and inclusion Bernard Coleman, made up of rookie, first time managers ? In other words, it’s amateur hour when it comes to management practices at Uber, and it probably explains why …

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HR Bedside Manner

John Whitaker Communication, John Whitaker

“Tell me the truth, Doc… how long do I have?” Have you ever been under the knife? Consider your state of mind when you feel especially vulnerable. Not only are you subjected to physical exposure via hospital gown ass-flap, your mental state reminds you that everything can change—you are figuratively and emotional exposed. Being at the mercy of others can …

boomerang employee

Drop Your Counteroffers and Bet on Boomerang Employees Instead

John Whitaker Employee Relations, John Whitaker

Nothing quite like a marriage metaphor, right? You’ve heard these stories (or perhaps you’ve lived this story) – after years of asking, pleading, and begging (to a man’s ears = “nagging”) her husband to change his ways to no avail, a woman flips the switch and phhhhhht. She’s gone. Said husband, now realizing that she may in fact be serious …

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Why Innovation Requires Rules

Paul Hebert Change, Change Management, Employee Engagement, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Innovation, Paul Hebert

When you hear the word innovation most people think, new, groundbreaking, disruptive, interesting, free-form. The word doesn’t evoke images of strict processes and rules. Yet my experience working with most companies is that rules are required for creating innovative ideas and processes. Let me set up this discussion with a story. About 10 years ago, we took in one of …

Moving from Disruption to Breakthrough HR

Mark Fogel Audacious Ideas, Change Management, Mark Fogel

For a couple of years, we have been talking about disruption, when we are actually looking for breakthrough ideas in the HR space. My discussion today is a call to action. To get there we need to move beyond just offering sexy ideas and put actionable programs to the test. The HR community loves sexy ideas, aren’t we the folks who …

Leadership. It’s Always the Answer

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, HR, HR & Sports, in the news, Influence, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Performance, Sports, Talent Strategy

How many of you are in the throes of strategy planning and budgeting for 2017?  It’s also talent review, total rewards and expense management season.  Oh, and for those in the dark ages, it’s “I’m about to lose 80 hours of vacation time unless I take off the last 2 weeks of the year” time.  Eeek. Yes.  December is upon …