So You Want Innovation From the Peeps? The Way You Set Goals Will Have to Change.

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Good HR, Innovation, Kris Dunn, Learning and Development, Performance

Senior level course on performance and goal setting today, people. It’s not often that I hear people tell me they wish they could get more innovation from their direct reports.  It happens from time to time, but let’s face it – the world is moving pretty fast and for the most part, we’re all just trying to keep up.  Innovation …

Kick-Start Your HR Creativity – Two Lessons From Jared Leto

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Pop Culture, wellness, Work Life Balance

The Thin Red Line. Fight Club.  American Psyco.  These are films that solidified Jared Leto‘s success as an Oscar-winning actor. Then, as his star was rising, he basically stopped making movies. “I think it was about focus. I knew that I needed to commit everything to music at that point in my life,” said Leto. Fast Company interviewed Jared Leto and …

Be Deliberately Innovative

John Whitaker Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, HR, Innovation, John Whitaker

Here’s a tip for you, prospective job-seeker… grab a scratch pad and start describing your talents in terms of “innovation.” Look at your list. Now ask yourself this question— “Am I innovative?” If you are one of the 50% of Americans who do consider innovation/creativity as a strength, you could be selling yourself short if that competency is not readily apparent in your …

When You’ve Got Nothing…

Steve Boese Audacious Ideas, Driving Productivity, HR, Innovation, Steve Boese

Anyone who has a job that requires some level of original thinking, creativity, or simply just coming up with incremental improvements to existing products or processes occasionally hits a dry spell, where new ideas see impossible to conjure. Sometimes it’s called “writer’s block” or even (let’s hope temporary) burnout, but no matter what the term, the effect is the same—a …

I Hired This Totally Rad Guy

Meredith Soleau Change, Meredith Soleau, Policies, Social Media and Talent

I broke about five rules in the employee handbook to hire someone. And I don’t even care. Meet Rad:                   Rad is driving the creative bus at the dealership now. Which? Is awesome. We needed to hire someone for our digital marketing spot. We needed someone artistic, creative, and talented. I went to a …

Relative HR Progress

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Good HR, Innovation, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance, Policies, Star Wars, Training and Development

We humans have a tendency to see things in absolutes. It took Einstein to clue us in on the issue of time relativity and even that still leaves many of us scratching our heads.  (Tell me again how the speed of light has anything to do with how fast two people age?) We like to see things in black and …

Prepare Your Company For A Zombie Apocalypse

Meredith Soleau Audacious Ideas, Meredith Soleau, Social Media and Talent, War for Talent

If there's one thing that keeps HR people up at night, it's threat of a zombie apocalypse. Can we all agree on this? The threat of a zombie take over is something that the CDC openly talks about, but OSHA just sweeps it under a rug, as if zombies don't even exist! Shame on you, OSHA! We know where to …

HR in 20 Slides and 20 Seconds

Paul Hebert Communication, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, Paul Hebert

This past week I’ve been putting some finishing touches on a Pecha Kucha presentation I’m giving at the end of the month. Pecha Kucha – pronounced “pa-chok-cha” – is a style of presentation made up of 20 slides (predominately images) shown for 20 seconds each.  Originally devised by architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham in 2003 in Japan, it was …

For Business Innovation, Less Executives – More 7-Year Olds…

Paul Hebert Business Development, Change, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Good HR, Influence, Innovation, Paul Hebert

Hey HR – want to get more innovation out of your employees?  Want to amp up the creativity index in your staff.  Look no further than a 7-year old. The Brainstorming Session I’ve been a part of many brainstorming sessions.  Some good.  Some bad.  I always like how they start with “There are no bad ideas.” Unfortunately, yeah, there are. …