Tesla Fired Hundreds….To “Improve Morale”

RJ Morris Corporate America, Employee Relations, in the news, Outmatch, RJ Morris 3 Comments

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 …

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 …

Should HR Take a Knee or Sit on the Sidelines?

Mark Fogel Corporate America, Good HR, HR & Sports, Mark Fogel, politics

Taking a knee during the national anthem at National Football games is today’s discussion. If you work in HR can you take a knee or do you need to sit, or rather stand, on the sidelines? HR folks are all about political correctness, but what if you disagree about what you’re being asked to defend daily? In professional football, we …

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 …

Some Hires Might Not Be Worth the Trouble – Lawsuit Uber is Fighting Proves It

RJ Morris Current Affairs, Employment Law, RJ Morris

I’m a House of Cards fan…power, subterfuge, shady deals and intrigue. Sign me up. Can’t wait for the new season. I like drama and backroom politics. It’s fun to see how things get done. Shady deals like this, however, don’t normally happen around the HR space. But for Uber and a division of Google, it’s on. Frank Underwood would eat …

IBM remote employees

News Flash From IBM: There IS a Downside to a Remote Workforce

John Hollon Communication, Corporate America, John Hollon

I’m surprised this didn’t happen sooner, but IBM, an early and vocal champion of a remote workforce, finally discovered what any remote worker could have told you years ago. The problem with remote work is that you work remotely. I know, I know — that sounds like double-talk. But as someone who worked in a typical office environment for most …

united talent

How Talent (or Lack Thereof) Can Lead to Systemic Business Failure

RJ Morris Bad HR, Communication, Corporate America, Outmatch, RJ Morris

The legend, John Hollon, tore into United here at FOT earlier this week, accurately writing that culture problems are the core reason Satan ranks higher than United in popularity polls this week. John laid out a solid strategic analysis of where culture impacts service, and he mixed in his own personal experiences. Good stuff…read it if you haven’t. As I …

productive

Productive People Punch List

Kathy Rapp Corporate America, Driving Productivity, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kathy Rapp, Work Life Balance

We all know them.  The types who can exercise 2 hours a day, get their kids to school (dressed) and to every activity on time (with snacks) as well as shine during a pitch meeting.  Plus – always look like they’ve gotten 10 hours of sleep. WTF?  Don’t you just want to punch them? Especially in the unpredictable people business, …

christmas eve

A Very Special Christmas Eve Story From the HR Capitalist…

Kris Dunn Corporate America, Holidays, Kris Dunn

Capitalist Note: This story is a Christmas Eve tradition at the HR Capitalist. Merry Christmas… Tomorrow is Christmas Eve. Time for anticipation. Time for reflection. Time for an outrageous demand towards a candidate that could only occur from the bowels of corporate America. Gather ’round the tree kids, because it’s story time, HR Capitalist style. Bring me a Diet Mountain Dew …