How to Admit You Screwed Up a Talent Decision

RJ Morris Office Politics, Outmatch, RJ Morris

“If it weren’t for all the people issues, running this business would be easy.” That’s a tongue in cheek quote from one of my favorite friends at work. He’s not serious, of course…he’s pointing out the complexities involved in people issues. Talent decisions are the hardest ones we make every day. Betting on a rise in pork belly futures or …

Herding Cats…and Recruiters

John Whitaker John Whitaker, Managing People

Remember when you had a recruiting desk to manage? You had your requisitions, you had phone screens scheduled, interviews scheduled, you knew your hiring managers, and you developed a rhythm. Cashing checks and snapping necks. And then they went and promoted you. Now as the manager of other recruiters, you confirm what you probably suspected all along – recruiters are a …

Amateur Hour at Uber: Too Many Managers With Too Little Experience

John Hollon Bad HR, Change Management, John Hollon, Leadership

Managers don’t get much respect at Uber. How else would you explain the fact that 63 percent of the ride-share company’s management team is, according to head of global diversity and inclusion Bernard Coleman, made up of rookie, first time managers ? In other words, it’s amateur hour when it comes to management practices at Uber, and it probably explains why …

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Is Unlimited PTO Just a Scam Not to Pay Out Accrued Vacation and Sick Time?

Kris Dunn HR, Kris Dunn, Policies, PTO, TO

Yeah, I said it. In my darkest moments, I’m a bit of a skeptic.  And I think unlimited PTO might just be a scam to not pay out accrued vacation and sick time. With me?  Against me?  As with most things, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.  Here’s 5 things I know about vacation/sick time and the connection …

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Rude, Late, and Unprepared: How To Manage Up The Soft Skills of Your Team

Patrick Ward Coaching, Patrick Ward

Soft skills are defined as the “personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.” In the workplace, this translates to an employee’s ability to communicate effectively, prioritize efficiently, deal with their teammates positively, and so much more. Let’s face it. We expect our employees to come into the workforce with all the necessary soft skills learned …

What Is It That A Leader DOES?

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Leadership

The other day, a coaching client asked me a question that I was shocked to realize I didn’t have a ready-made answer to. Asking around and conducting some research revealed that most others don’t either. The question was: What is it that a leader does? I have a bunch of ideas about what leadership isn’t. And it’s easy to find …