Office Holiday Party? Well, This Probably Isn’t the Year For Mistletoe and an Open Bar

John Hollon Current Affairs, John Hollon 1 Comment

The headline on a story in this week’s Wall Street Journal said it all: Welcome to the Post-Weinstein Holiday Party. What followed was 1,400 depressing words that basically said, without actually saying it, something that you probably already know — the company holiday party as we know it is officially dead and gone. As The Boston Globe dryly noted, “This probably …

What We Mean When We Say “Talent”

RJ Morris Employee Coaching, Good HR, Hiring Managers, Leadership, RJ Morris, Talent Strategy 1 Comment

We catch a fair bit of grief in HR for using the term, Top Talent. The problem, of course, is that talent means different things to different people. Folks cannot articulate what top performers really do or they get caught up in using tired clichés. I’m gonna try to fix that for you. I think the challenge is that companies …

STOCKHOLM SYNDROME: When Direct Reports In Remote Offices Think You’re The Problem

Kris Dunn Employee Relations, HR, Kris Dunn 2 Comments

Gather round the campfire, kids, because I’m here today to break down an OD issue that’s currently kicking your organization in the @#@ if you have multiple locations and a martixed organization. Two words:  Stockholm Syndrome.  What’s that, you ask?  Let’s start with the definition from the free dictionary: “Stockholm syndrome refers to a group of psychological symptoms that occur …

Our Companies Are Sick. #1 Advice on How to Get Well? Fire.Them.All.

Paul Hebert Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Managing People, Paul Hebert, Performance Reviews

Bad management is a chronic corporate illness. And it’s an epidemic. Bad management reproduces quickly in today’s world because in many cases (especially in public companies) performance is measured on a quarter to quarter basis and some of the fastest ways to achieve short-term goals is through fear and intimidation. And managers who use those arcane techniques are the people …

Candidates Who Over-Talk May Need To Work Elsewhere

Dawn Burke Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Hiring Managers, HR, Selection, Talent Strategy

“You talk too much. You never shut up.” – Run DMC To shut a candidate up or not to shut a candidate up? That is the question. A question, as an interviewer, I’ve contemplated for many years. A question I admittedly flip-flop on. But here is where I am with this now. Candidates, you need to control your explanations. You …

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 …

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VIDEO: SmashUps with Mary Faulkner – The HR Fallout of Charlottesville

Tim Sackett Current Affairs, HR, Smashfly, Tim Sackett, Video

This month on SmashUps, Tim Sackett sits down with Mary Faulkner, Director of Talent Acquisition at Denver Water. In light of the recent events in Charlottesville and the subsequent HR fallouts, Tim and Mary break down the decisions HR leaders have to make when one of their employees is identified at a controversial rally. Click on the video below to …