You Got the Skills to Pay the Bills?

Kathy Rapp Change, Kathy Rapp, Leadership 3 Comments

I’ve got the skills to pay the bills, ya I got the got the got the skills to pay the bills I’ve got the skills to pay the bills Ah what you got, I got the skills to pay the bills For those who don’t know me, my eclectic mix of music loves includes the Beastie Boys.  This track has …

Are Your Recruiters Screening 100 Candidates Per Day? They Should Be!

Tim Sackett Canvas, Performance, Tim Sackett 0 Comments

How many candidate screens did your recruiters do last week? How many per recruiter per day? It’s a top of funnel stat, right? In a normal corporate TA shop, I would say it’s probably doable to get your recruiters to do 15-20 screens per day, given they aren’t sourcing all day as well. You have a job, you have resumes, you …

How Much is Too Much When It Comes to Relationships with Your Direct Reports?

John Whitaker Culture, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, John Whitaker, Performance, Performance Reviews, Recognition, Recruiting, Retention

You know that side-job you have as the informal HR Advisor for any/all of your friends? It can be enlightening at times, even uplifting, when you hear some of the ridiculous sh*t people are forced to put up with in their workplace. For the situation to reach the “Mind if I run something by you?” stage, it usually entails the …

Tom Petty: Don’t Take Advantage Of Top Performers, You’ll Miss Them When They’re Gone

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Jobvite, Performance

Tom Petty is gone.  No one saw it coming. When news came that he actually had passed, my social media sites were filled with words of disbelief, fandom, and loss.  Several posted how in retrospect many of their “life” moments were underscored by the Tom Petty song of that day.  Me included.  I mean, I Won’t Back Down, Running Down …

If Sitting By High Performers Is All It Takes To Improve, I Want To Sit By Tim Sackett

John Hollon John Hollon, Office Politics

These are the kinds of stories that drive me nuts. Back in August, The Wall Street Journal published an article with the headline Use Your Seat to Get Ahead at Work, but the REAL news came in the subhead — “Sitting next to a star improves your performance, research shows; finally, something to like about open offices.” Sorry, but in …

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 …

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Here’s To the Crazy Ones: And Why You Don’t Deserve Them

Kris Dunn Employee Coaching, Kris Dunn

Been doing a lot of performance work for some client companies lately.  As you might expect, I’m trying to push the companies to get out of the mindset that the performance review transaction is the reason for the process. Repeat after me:  The reason you do any type of coaching or performance management is to migrate employees.   If you’re …

The Bad Stack of Pancakes in Talent Management

RJ Morris Good HR, Organizational Development, RJ Morris

As my kids were growing up, I bet I watched the original Toy Story, where Woody first meets Buzz Lightyear….oh, about 653 times. Given other brutal options like Caillou or Barney, Toy Story felt like a great choice. Our son’s favorite scene was when the toy soldiers scream, “Red Alert, Red Alert” over the walkie talkie to warn the other …

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Productive People Punch List

Kathy Rapp Corporate America, Driving Productivity, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kathy Rapp, Work Life Balance

We all know them.  The types who can exercise 2 hours a day, get their kids to school (dressed) and to every activity on time (with snacks) as well as shine during a pitch meeting.  Plus – always look like they’ve gotten 10 hours of sleep. WTF?  Don’t you just want to punch them? Especially in the unpredictable people business, …

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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 …