waiter accountability

3 Things Great Recruiters (and Waiters) Never Say

John Whitaker Coaching, John Whitaker, Recruiting

Waiting tables got me through college, being a recruiter got me through my early years in Human Resources. I was much better at one than the other, which is why I’m not greeting you at your local Chili’s, but a few years serving Monte Cristos served me well preparing for my post-college career. I learned a ton of skills that …

“Elect” to Make Change For The Better

John Whitaker Change Management, John Whitaker

Hey there FOT’ers, Whitaker here, being decidedly un-hip. You know what IS “hip” right now? The emotionally wrought, hyperbolic, “end of the world” post. President-Elect Donald Trump had a remarkable night, people are connecting the dots to Nostradamus, quoting Revelations, and Alec Baldwin is house-shopping in France (again.) Such drama, such hypocrisy, and such non-productive behavior. Exactly as it would have been …

Leftovers? AGAIN??

John Whitaker candidate experience, Candidate Pool, HR, John Whitaker, Recruiting

Even as kids we all realized something… when you ask “what’s for dinner?” and the answer is “leftovers,” Mom was out of time, patience, or energy. No matter the reason, dinner was going to be, as they say, “sub-par.” Edible? Sure, it’s edible, but so is tree bark. Leftovers just aren’t the same. But guess what? [metaphor alert] You just described …

3 Hidden Costs of Change

John Whitaker Change, Change Management, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, John Whitaker

When a company is in an uproar, it’s estimated that employees will lose as much as 2 additional hours per day in productivity. The anxiety associated with change or even the possibility of change puts people into a distracted state beyond the norm. But would you be surprised to know that there are other activities your employees are doing every day that can …

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 …

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 …

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 …

John Whitaker says If Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast – Let’s Make It A Balanced Meal

John Whitaker Worldwide FOT

This article is the sixth in a series featuring a revolutionary employee engagement concept called Engaged Productivity™.   Read the other articles in the series here or at:  www.authentum.com.  As it stands, breakfast really isn’t a bad analogy.  There seem to be as many ‘brands’ of culture as there are breakfast cereals.  Are you hoping to describe your organizational culture as …

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 …

VIDEO: Cat Herding 101- Getting Your Organization On-Board With Compliance

Kris Dunn Learning, Learning and Development, Worldwide FOT

You know the drill. You’ve got a compliance-based training event that has to go down by a certain date to satisfy the powers that be. Kris Dunn and John Whitaker hang out and talk best practices for getting your organization on-board with compliance. Get ready to learn some Jedi Mind tricks to get folks in your organization to take the action needed …