The Ball Is In Our Court

Kathy Rapp Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Corporate America, Culture, Current Affairs, Diversity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, HR, HR & Sports, Influence, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Managing People, Pop Culture, Sports, Talent Strategy, The HR Profession, Training and Development, Women

This isn’t a post about women vs. men. Nor is it about the color of someone’s skin or ethnic background. It’s not even really about tennis. This is a post about teaching moments, and how frequently they seem to occur (and blur) in our professional and personal lives. The U.S. Open Women’s Championship match was one of those moments. As …

Guide Towards Career Fulfillment, Not a Stupid Job Title

Kylie Quetell Career Advice, Career Paths, Coaching, Employee Development, Kylie Quetell, Managing People

As people professionals we often are tasked with helping guide our candidates and employees towards the right career paths. Often I find people are either chasing job titles or pushed into career development plans that they may not even be passionate about. One quick example – employees who strive for management positions when they actually don’t even like people. Many …

Smart Leaders Know That Letting People Fail Can Help Them Improve and Grow

John Hollon Business Development, Career Advice, Coaching, Culture, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Managing People

Raising children isn’t easy. Leading people is equally as challenging. In a lot of ways, leadership is very similar to raising a child. The big goal is to build people who are self-sufficient and self-reliant, but the trick is knowing just how much help you should give along the way. Although it seems to be improving, LinkedIn has a mixed …

3 Leadership Lessons Before You Drop-Kick Your Garmin

Kathy Rapp Career Advice, Change, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Development, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Organizational Development, Performance, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, wellness

I received a Garmin fitness tracker for Mother’s Day this year. This gift followed a Peloton bike for my wedding anniversary.  And before you think my husband is not so discreetly saying there’s more of me to love than he would like – I asked for both fitness gadgets (ok, the bike is not really a gadget given it costs …

How Much Career Development Do You Owe Your Employees?

Elizabeth Dickerson Elizabeth Dickerson, Employee Development

When you hear the words “career development” you’re probably thinking about the time and financial resources that you would need to invest in your workforce… But in reality, it’s so much more than that. Career development programs not only support employee retention and reflect well on the company, but they make employees better producers and performers. As a great place …

Tesla Fired Hundreds….To “Improve Morale”

RJ Morris Corporate America, Employee Relations, in the news, Outmatch, RJ Morris

When you geek out on talent like the folks here at FOT, it’s fun to sit back and watch high profile companies make big talent decisions.  Intrigue, strategy and risk are all embedded in public leadership transitions, succession planning, business strategy pivots, acquisitions, mass firings….wait, what? Mass firings?  Who announces those and makes them public?  Well, Tesla does.  Backstory intro …

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 …

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 …

Telling High Potential Employees That They’re High Potential

RJ Morris Coaching, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Outmatch, RJ Morris

One of the cool things about writing at FOT is that I get to meet tons of folks from around the country. I often get questions from those awesome HR pros…tells me that all of us are trying to figure out this talent game and make a difference. The question below that came up a few weeks ago is one …

soft skills coaching

Rude, Late, and Unprepared: How To Manage Up The Soft Skills of Your Team

Patrick Ward Coaching, Patrick Ward

Soft skills are defined as the “personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.” In the workplace, this translates to an employee’s ability to communicate effectively, prioritize efficiently, deal with their teammates positively, and so much more. Let’s face it. We expect our employees to come into the workforce with all the necessary soft skills learned …