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 …

Is Your Talent Strategy Krzyzewski or Calipari-Flavored?

Kris Dunn Culture, Halogen, Kris Dunn, Performance, Recruiting

You think this is going to be a sports post. Trust me, it’s more about you than it is about sports. Simple question – Is Your Talent Strategy more Mike Krzyzewski (college basketball coach at Duke) or John Calipari (college basketball coach at Kentucky)? Read enough sports news and a familiar theme emerges.  Coach (Krzyzewski) does it the right way …

Leadership. It’s Always the Answer

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, HR, HR & Sports, in the news, Influence, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Performance, Sports, Talent Strategy

How many of you are in the throes of strategy planning and budgeting for 2017?  It’s also talent review, total rewards and expense management season.  Oh, and for those in the dark ages, it’s “I’m about to lose 80 hours of vacation time unless I take off the last 2 weeks of the year” time.  Eeek. Yes.  December is upon …

Uber Trades Out CHROs, aka Life In The Fast Lane

Kris Dunn Good HR, HR, Kris Dunn, Recruiting

If there’s one thing that’s true in HR, it’s that today’s HR leader right for a company may not be right for the same company 3 years from now.  Things change. New leaders come in, new strategies are developed and deployed. And if you’re really lucky, your company experiences exponential growth that causes you to need a different type of …