Tesla Fired Hundreds….To “Improve Morale”

RJ Morris Corporate America, Employee Relations, in the news, Outmatch, RJ Morris

When you geek out on talent like the folks here at FOT, it’s fun to sit back and watch high profile companies make big talent decisions.  Intrigue, strategy and risk are all embedded in public leadership transitions, succession planning, business strategy pivots, acquisitions, mass firings….wait, what? Mass firings?  Who announces those and makes them public?  Well, Tesla does.  Backstory intro …

Don’t Confuse Operation Leaders & Business Leaders 

RJ Morris Employee Development, Outmatch, RJ Morris, Talent Management

The hardest decision Chief Executives and their talent pros make involves figuring out who to put in the big chairs in their companies.  A big chair means running a unit or a division – your titles might be different, but I mean someone who is the Top Dog in a significant part of your operation.  Someone who can lead a …

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 …

Telling High Potential Employees That They’re High Potential

RJ Morris Coaching, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Outmatch, RJ Morris

One of the cool things about writing at FOT is that I get to meet tons of folks from around the country. I often get questions from those awesome HR pros…tells me that all of us are trying to figure out this talent game and make a difference. The question below that came up a few weeks ago is one …

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How Talent (or Lack Thereof) Can Lead to Systemic Business Failure

RJ Morris Bad HR, Communication, Corporate America, Outmatch, RJ Morris

The legend, John Hollon, tore into United here at FOT earlier this week, accurately writing that culture problems are the core reason Satan ranks higher than United in popularity polls this week. John laid out a solid strategic analysis of where culture impacts service, and he mixed in his own personal experiences. Good stuff…read it if you haven’t. As I …

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Labor Market Novelty and Candidate Confidence

RJ Morris Candidate Pool, Outmatch, Recruiting, RJ Morris

I started off my week yesterday reviewing the typical brilliance from fellow FOT contributor, Steve Boese, over at his personal site, Steve Boese’s HR Technology. Steve and I both enjoy making HR data sexy (my phrase, certainly not his, and one that he will likely hate), and there is nothing more sexy than the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, …

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When a High Potential Employee Fails

RJ Morris Coaching, Employee Coaching, Leadership, Learning and Development, Organizational Development, RJ Morris

No matter what company, high potential employees (high pots) get that fancy designation because in their world, they rock. They succeed and turn in solid results. In whatever discipline they work, they kill it. But sometimes a funny thing happens on the high pot’s career path–they fail. Maybe their fault, maybe not, but the project, team or assignment they own went in …

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Nike is Running an Epic HR Experiment

RJ Morris Coaching, Good HR, HR & Sports, Outmatch, Performance Reviews, RJ Morris

When I was a kid, I desperately wanted to work at Nike. It had to be the coolest workplace in the world. In my head, I imagined that employees received free shoes, cool gear and that Michael Jordan and Andre Agassi (look Agassi up, young kids) walked the halls regularly. Also, I bet they had some pretty sweet group runs and …

Which HR Specialty Lets You Work Forever?

RJ Morris Benefits, Compensation/Cash Money, HR, in the news, Outmatch, RJ Morris

As we approach year-end, be prepared to hear alarming stats about how no one saves enough for retirement. ‘Tis the season for breathless stories about how underfunded we all are. Scary stuff, of course. Most common proposed solution? Don’t retire. How many family members at holiday functions will trot out this gem? “Aw, I’m never gonna retire. I’ll work forever.” …