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 …

Need Motivation? Mark Cuban Can Help.

Kathy Rapp Coaching, Communication, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR & Sports, Influence, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Performance, Sports, Talent Strategy, Total Rewards, Training and Development

I think about the various things that motivate me and most are internally vs. externally driven.  For example, getting up at 5am five days a week to workout isn’t because I want to be first at the gym. It’s because I relieve stress and increase my happiness breaking a good sweat… and, secondarily, I don’t want to have to oil …

Congratulations – You’re Non-Essential

Paul Hebert Communication, Current Affairs, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Paul Hebert, politics

Other than the people who are actually responsible for it, some federal employees are being forced to stay home as the US government goes into shutdown mode. It started yesterday and like organ failure, will ripple through the halls of federal buildings as government employees begin the process of taking that long awaited unplanned vacation. I’m guessing the two NASA …

Have We Eliminated Real Recognition?

Paul Hebert Communication, Culture, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR Technology, Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition, Training and Development

The blogosphere is full to the brim with studies, research, tea leaves and astrology charts that say employee engagement drives business success and that recognition drives engagement.  It is the siren’s call of 2011 and beyond.  Almost every HR person I talk with has engagement in one form or another on their to-do list.  In many cases it is about …

HR Should Run Volunteer Organizations

Paul Hebert Employee Coaching, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Influence, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance

I read a quote a long time ago – I think it was from Peter Drucker – that said something along the lines of: “If you want to really understand management, manage volunteers.” I find that concept more and more relevant to what today’s managers must do in order to drive performance within their organizations.  While the economy may be …

Why Public Recognition Matters

Paul Hebert Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance, Personal Brand, Recognition

I’ve seen almost everything you can see when it comes to incentive and reward programs.  That’s what being around for a while does for you.  And when you have a career’s worth of information in your brain the tendency is to want to explain things to the nth degree.  Go on, and on, and on, and on, and on. I’ll …

Hey Big Shot! Don’t Think You Have Impact? Think Again.

Paul Hebert Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition

Sometimes it’s the little things that matter. You do something you think is a toss-out, nothing big, nothing important.  But ya know what?  Even the very, very little things matter… and can matter a lot! Take a recent experience I had with someone I used to work with. I recently met with a friend from the ghost-of-employment-past to talk about …

Don’t Be an HR Stealth Ninja…

Paul Hebert Change, Good HR, Paul Hebert, Seat at the Table, Trench HR

Is that redundant?  Ninjas and stealth are pretty similar no? Ninjas are known for their ability to strike and get out without being seen.  Same with stealth planes, trains and automobiles. The idea behind Ninjas and Stealth tech is they can get the job done without leaving any traces.  No one knows they were there and after they do their …