Curve Your Enthusiasm

John Whitaker Culture, Current Affairs, John Whitaker

Marissa Mayer eats employee angst for breakfast. Just when you thought corporate malaise might creep back into the annual performance-review process, Marissa kicks it right in the ‘nards. The rather transparent and well known “secret” in most corporations is that the “Bell Curve” is alive and well, albeit not publicized. In most cases, the “curve” is used in determining compensation distribution, …

Developing Your Team: Three Types of People (And Why You’re The Problem)

Kris Dunn Coaching, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Influence, Kris Dunn, Performance

You wish your team would accept greater responsibility. Why don’t they seize the moment and just do it? It’s a common thread for me and the people I hang out with. Why don’t more seemingly talented individuals seek to do more on their own? Why don’t they chase their own development?  Why don’t they seek more responsibility? Dirty secret #1: The …

Working Hours Based on Personal Working Cycle?

Paul Hebert Paul Hebert, Performance, Pop Culture, Talent Strategy, The HR Profession

Editor’s note: This is the first of three in a series of posts we’ll be running at FOT about workplace productivity, based on a national poll conducted by Red Bull and Harris Interactive. FOT + Red Bull = pretty interesting. A national poll conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Red Bull North America surveyed U.S. workers and exposes lack …

HR – Find Your Oops

Paul Hebert Good HR, HR, Innovation, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Seat at the Table, The HR Profession, Trench HR

Oops.  Something you don’t want to hear from your surgeon when under local anesthetic.  Something most of us never want to have to say at a staff meeting. Oops. It means something went wrong and it was probably your fault.  Never, never fun to say oops. Oops Deux Fois I had an oops moment once (yeah… just once.) I was …

What is a Baller?

Paul Hebert Career Paths, Communication, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Paul Hebert, Performance, Work Life Balance

If you hang around the FOT water cooler enough you’re bound to run into a few sports terms now and then.  Baller is one of those.  Originally used to reference a street basketball player who makes it big and goes pro now it is used to reference just about anyone who is extremely proficient at the game – whether business …

The Bonus Rules

Tim Sackett Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Performance, Recognition, The HR Profession, Tim Sackett

If you’ve been in HR for at least 30 minutes you’ve heard someone in your organization bitch about a bonus.  It comes part and parcel with the gig – from the beginning of time when the first caveman decided he needed some additional incentive for his cave drawers and developed the 5 drawings and you get an extra brontosaurus burger …

Do You Keep the McGraths or the Buseys? Or, Are You Smarter Than a Trump?

Paul Hebert Career Paths, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, Good HR, Paul Hebert, Performance

Celebrity Apprentice (CA) is entertainment. Let’s not forget that. Sometimes good entertainment. Sometimes cringe-worthy entertainment (see Clint Black commercial Season 2 – maybe NSFW.) But it is entertainment. And, like any good consultant, I take a lot of what I bring to the client’s table from the plethora of reality TV offered today (‘cept for the previously mentioned commercial.) Why …

A CEO Keeps It Real — Here’s Why We Should Love It

Josh Letourneau Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, Engagement and Satisfaction, Innovation, Joshua Letourneau

Last September, Stephen Elop, former Head of Business Development at Microsoft, was hired into Nokia as their new turnaround CEO. My guess is that he took the last few months to assess the true challenges he was looking at. They are steep, make no mistake. Apple changed the mobile game and now owns the high-end market, growing from 25% market …