Don’t Confuse Operation Leaders & Business Leaders 

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… Get the Rest

The Uber CEO Search Was the Most Uber Thing Ever

Uber has been HR blog fodder for months, mostly for their toxic culture and former CEO Travis Kalanick being a jerk.  Better writers than me took their shots,

Your First Hire, Your First Fire and HR Power

Do you remember your first hire, the one that marked your entry into the glamorous world of HR? It’s a big rush to offer someone a job, and

How to Admit You Screwed Up a Talent Decision

“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.

How to Screw Up the Management Off-Site

For decades, the leadership off-site meeting has been a favorite tool of management consultants worldwide. “We have issues, so let's get the team together away from the office

Telling High Potential Employees That They’re High Potential

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

Some Hires Might Not Be Worth the Trouble – Lawsuit Uber is Fighting Proves It

I’m a House of Cards fan…power, subterfuge, shady deals and intrigue. Sign me up. Can’t wait for the new season. I like drama and backroom politics. It’s fun

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Anatomy of the Counter Offer – What the Employee Hears…

A top candidate of mine just had “the talk” with his boss. He put in his notice, and the response was so very predictable. The boss offered apologies,

The Bad Stack of Pancakes in Talent Management

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

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

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