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 …

Physics and HR – Turning Up The Heat

John Whitaker John Whitaker

Are we having fun yet? Or, have I exhausted your imagination with my metaphorical marathon? If you’re late to the party, here’s a brief recap: Newton’s Laws of Motion directly align with our responsibilities to “Move People” An object (employee) at rest will stay at rest. An object (employee) in motion will stay in motion in the same direction and …

HR Shouldn’t Use Big Data For The Company

Paul Hebert Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR Technology, Paul Hebert

I’ve gone on record a few times suggesting big data isn’t something many companies can use and use well. I don’t believe it is the panacea every consulting guru says it is. I DO believe there is a lot of value in mining the data available about employees for large organizations. I just don’t see the payoff for most small …

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 …

Corporate Freudian Psychoanalysis: Is That A Cigar or Are You Just Engaged?

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Change, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Innovation, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance

We’re going to a weird place today. And I know this is a simplistic analysis but go with it… it’ll be fun! Freud (Sigmund, the psychiatry guy, not the guys with tigers in Vegas. If you watch Big Brother you’ll get that – h/t to Liz and Julia – watch – you’ll LOL yourself) suggested that an individual’s personality was …

To Hell With Murphy and His “Law”

John Whitaker HR (& Life!) Advice, Innovation

Ouch, babe. You just dropped the ball big time—screwed the pooch, took the gas, spit the bit… basically made the kind of mistake you absolutely cannot afford to make. To make matters worse, this didn’t occur in a vacuum. Your client group(s) and peers are all aware of your mistake. You feel terrible about it, disappointed in yourself, and would …

The Donald – What He Tells Us… About US

John Whitaker Current Affairs

It was June 16th when The Hairpiece announced in his Presidential candidacy speech that “The Mexican government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, and rapists.” Not surprisingly, the reaction was one of disgust, and Trump found two of his most beloved branding opportunities, The Apprentice and the Miss USA Pageant, …

A Losing Formula

John Whitaker Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, John Whitaker, Recruiting

If you do the math, it gets pretty ugly. For the sake of the other Liberal Arts degree holders in the audience, I’m going to start with the nice round number of 100. 100, as in “100 candidates have applied for your open requisition.” Based on what we know from multiple surveys, (iCIMS, Gallup, CEB), we can safely assume the …

For HR Pros Mission is Peaceful – Implementation is Violent

Paul Hebert Change, Change Management, Culture, Employee Engagement, Paul Hebert

Sometimes people surprise you. It happened to me this past weekend. I was lounging around looking for a movie to fill up a couple of hours and “Fury”—the WWII tank war movie was on HBO or Showtime or some such channel. I’d seen it before, and it was okay. Okay enough for me to not change the channel and continue …