It’s Your Fault They Raised Their Hand

Kylie Quetell Diversity, Innovation, Kylie Quetell, Leadership

You’re sitting in a meeting full of intelligent people (or, at least, people who think they are intelligent). Creative juices are flowing, the conversation is rocking, opinions are being shared, and discussion gets heated. Everyone is taking turns talking, sometimes speaking over each other or cutting people off, but damn – things are getting done. The flow is happening. This …

3 Ingredients Needed for New Manager Success

John Whitaker John Whitaker, Recruiting

Howdy folks, welcome to Texas, home of the folksy colloquialism. In today’s edition, we learn how to make chicken salad! No, no, not the delectable combination of poultry and love scooped on your plate at Corner Bakery. I’m talking about doing the impossible – making chicken salad out of chicken-feathers (this is the SFW version.) This comes to mind whenever college …

The Bad #CEO Files: Identifying The Clueless Narcissist

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Leadership

Holy crap, narcissism is alive and well in 2017! Narcissism in the workforce is nothing new; the narcissistic leader is nothing new. However, turn on any news channel and you’ll quickly see narcissists are center stage with a spotlight shining very brightly on them. Narcissists are finally being exposed and the public isn’t thrilled at what they are seeing. Working …

Another Vile Type of Harassment: The Corporate Freeze-out

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Leadership

Being excluded sucks.  When everyone else is talking about MindHunter on Netflix and you don’t know what the hell is going on, it stinks.  Or when you see 10 cars in front of your neighbor’s house, you know for a second you’re like, “Dang, a party? Hmmm, my invite must have gotten lost.”  You aren’t alone. It’s universally human to …

It’s Only a Matter of Time Until You Hire a Digital Employee – What Does that Mean for Your “Analog” Employees?

Kate Weimer A.I., Kate Weimer

CMS Wire recently posted an article titled, Ready or Not, Here Come the ‘Digital Employees’. It was the term ‘Digital Employees’ that caught my attention in the article’s title. HR has been talking about the dreaded artificial intelligence takeover since someone put the letters ‘A’ and ‘I’ next to each other, but never had I actually heard A.I. for the workplace …

Punish an Employee For a CEO’s Bad Behavior? Yes.

Dawn Burke Corporate Social Responsibility, Current Affairs, Dawn Burke, Leadership

Or no? I waited for Uber for so long.  Despite being the largest city in Alabama, it took a while to get to Birmingham. However, as a frequent traveler, I’d gotten used to the convenience of Uber in a big, big way.  So, when Uber finally arrived in Birmingham early 2016 I did a triple-lindy. Then 2017 happened. Despite what …

Yes, I Have a F***ing Problem With People Who Swear at Work

John Hollon Current Affairs, John Hollon, Leadership

Last September, Fast Company published a story that intrigued me just as it should intrigue anyone who has navigated the day-to-day rants and mutterings of co-workers on the job. The title said it all: Do You Have a F*cking Problem With Swearing at Work? The article was filled with a boatload of statistics about how much or how little people …

How to Screw Up the Management Off-Site

RJ Morris Bad HR, Change Management, Coaching, Corporate America, Engagement and Satisfaction, Leadership, RJ Morris

For decades, the leadership off-site meeting has been a favorite tool of management consultants worldwide. “We have issues, so let’s get the team together away from the office and fix everything that’s wrong. Hire a facilitator to help us help ourselves.” Done and done. At its worst, it’s not quite group therapy, but it’s close. At its best, it’s a …