Employee vs. Associate: What Should You Call Your People?

Kris Dunn Communication, employee experience, Employee Relations, Kris Dunn

Capitalist Note – had someone lecture me about the need to call people “associates” last week. I like that tag fine, but I told them the story outlined below.  Short answer: It doesn’t matter, your actions are much more meaningful than the tag you use.. Short story.  I was a young up and comer in a Director-level position with a …

Me & Chuck Muncie

John Whitaker Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Talent Strategy

If the name “Chuck Muncie” means anything to you at all, it probably indicates one of two things: You’re old. You’re a passionate fan of the NFL and its history of characters. I have the advantage of being both. But that still isn’t the reason “Chuck” has a significant role in my professional history. Nope, for me, that name still resonates loudly …

3 Ways To Identify Your “Clock-Boy” Employee

John Whitaker Current Affairs

Ahmed Mohamed—heard of him? You never know the national exposure a story will get when it seems to be localized in your geographic location, but Ahmed is, of course, the infamous “Clock-Boy” of Irving, Texas. As you probably know, Ahmed is the subject of a heart-warming story about a precocious and intelligent young boy who, subjected to the cruelty of …

When Employees Bite Back: Prepping for the Feedback Session That’s Going to Suck…

Kris Dunn Kris Dunn, Performance, Recruiting

It’s May. Getting near halfway through the year. Might be time for you to actually give some feedback to the people who work for you. Or, if you’re an HR pro, to encourage managers of people to give that feedback to the masses. But we wait.  Because the people who most need the feedback don’t always take it well. All the …

Five Common Employees… As Shown by the Oscars

Jason Pankow Audacious Ideas, Culture, Jason Pankow, Performance, Pop Culture, Talent Strategy, Television

Another year of entertainment has come and gone.  The awards season is officially over with the completion of the 87th Annual Academy Awards. If you are anything like me—as you were watching all the beautiful women in gorgeous dresses and the handsome men with their chiseled jaws and trendy facial hair walk down the red carpet with their doting spouses, …

Clowns, Who Needs ‘Em?

John Whitaker Audacious Ideas, John Whitaker, Uncategorized

It seems appropriate, given the disturbing “armed clown” craze, that my Halloween post be dedicated to others of the same ilk. If you haven’t referenced this particular storyline, here’s a quick summation: random guys with spare time & permission from their mother adorn creepy clown masks, grab a weapon of choice, and just lurk around the city. So if you …

The Art and Science of Managing the Employee Side Hustle

Steve Boese Career Paths, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, HR & Sports, Steve Boese

I must still have the NBA Summer League and basketball on the brain, (for more info and background of what I am talking about, see Kris Dunn’s post on the HR Capitalist here, and mine over on my blog here), so when I saw this headline, NBA star Carmelo Anthony turns investor, co-founds M7 Tech Partners, I knew I had …

Are You Experienced? 3 People You Need to Meet

John Whitaker Communication, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, John Whitaker

Funny how it works, but as I get older, I realize that yes, Virginia, experience does count. But not, necessarily, in the traditional definition of experience, i.e. “tenure.” Let’s face it, there are people who have 20+ years of experience that equate to very little outside of the company for whom they work. But, there are others, who just by …

Lead-footed Leadership

John Whitaker John Whitaker, Leadership

Waaaaaaay back in the 1990s, before Tom Cruise lost his mind, he was in a little flick called Top Gun.  Ever heard of it? One of the iconic memes to come out of the movie was when “Mav” and “Goose” would exclaim “I feel the need, the need for speed!” Good times… (Okay Tom, back to Xenu, we’ll carry on without you…) “THE NEED …