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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, …

social media trolls

Should You Fire Social Media Trolls?

Kate Weimer HR, Kate Weimer

What Are Trolls? Internet trolls are an abundant and unfortunate byproduct of the internet’s unlimited amounts of communication and anonymity. In the early days of the internet, trolls were limited to message boards and the term was saved for users who had anonymous profile images and usernames that went around causing trouble for the sake of it. As the internet has evolved since those early days, …

eddie lacy bonus

Would You Pay a Bonus to an Employee to Keep them Skinny?

Tim Sackett Compensation/Cash Money, Performance, Tim Sackett

The world of professional sports gives us this great microcosm of compensation philosophy. Within professional athlete contracts, we find all kinds of crazy stuff. Depending on the sport, they sign-off on all kinds of special requests from their employer, usually with a monetary bonus attached. Take this recent one from the NFL and running back Eddie Lacy. Lacy is known for …

toolkit

Your HR Career Toolkit

Laurie Ruettimann HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Laurie Ruettimann

I’ve never met an HR pro who isn’t looking for a toolkit to facilitate personal or professional change. Whether it’s a seven-part coaching curriculum or a facilitated day of discussion, people want resources and rubrics to take their careers to the next level. That’s fine for some people. There are fabulous instruments and curricula to help you achieve your career …

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Why Innovation Requires Rules

Paul Hebert Change, Change Management, Employee Engagement, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Innovation, Paul Hebert

When you hear the word innovation most people think, new, groundbreaking, disruptive, interesting, free-form. The word doesn’t evoke images of strict processes and rules. Yet my experience working with most companies is that rules are required for creating innovative ideas and processes. Let me set up this discussion with a story. About 10 years ago, we took in one of …

hr technique

Ask Your Team Why You Suck – The Next Great HR Technique

Paul Hebert Bad HR, Change, HR, Paul Hebert

Sometimes the universe has a way of conspiring to bring you what you need when you need it. I know some of you are thinking the universe did exactly the opposite in the past few months. Except Tom Brady. The universe loves Tom Brady. Rich, sports hero, attractive, attractive wife, 800 thread count sheets (I’m guessing.) I pray his feet …

manager

You Know You’re a Manager When….

John Whitaker John Whitaker, Leadership

I can count many blessings. Among those is the fact that not only do I have a great boss, I have two fantastic managers reporting to me. When you have strong people supporting your efforts, you can sometimes take for granted the fact that development continues for all of us – even those who are already at a pretty advanced …

changing mind

The Unbelievable Freedom In Changing Your Mind

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, HR, Leadership

“I traded fame for love without a second thought It all became a silly a game some things cannot be bought; I got exactly what I asked for, wanted it so badly Running, rushing back for more, I suffered fools so gladly; And now I find …. I’ve changed my mind” -Madonna   I was watching a video that shared a Top …

ohana

Here’s Why Life — and HR — Is So Very Different in the Aloha State

John Hollon Employee Relations, HR, John Hollon

HONOLULU — It’s been 20 years since I’ve been in Hawaii, but the moment I arrived back in Honolulu last week, it felt like I had never left. My connection with the Aloha State goes back a long way. Not only did my wife and I honeymoon here, but we lived on Oahu for three years in the mid-90s when I …

“He’s a Good Guy, Except For The Jihad”… (The Burden of Action in HR)

Kris Dunn Employee Relations, Good HR, Kris Dunn, Labor, Leadership, Policies

If you can’t see the tweet above this line, enable images.  It’s worth it. I was chilling out reading the Wall Street Journal (#humblebrag) during the the South’s latest snowmaggedon a couple of weekends ago and came across how Belgium authorities had bungled an investigation that would have possibly prevented the Brussels terror attack. Included in that bungling? A police interview …