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A Lesson From Uber: You Are What Your Culture Says You Are – Like It or Not

John Hollon Culture, John Hollon

Why do so many people think that companies only focus on building strong, positive workplace cultures? The fact is, organizations are ALWAYS building their culture — whether they mean to or not. You know what I’m talking about: Those kinds of businesses where workers spend more time yakking about all the bad management and terrible decision making going on around them than …

Employees Who Take Stands: Colin Kaepernick Is The New Dixie Chicks

Kris Dunn Culture, Current Affairs, Kris Dunn

Have you heard about Colin Kaepernick?  Of course, you have.  Kaepernick is the San Francisco 49er quarterback who refused to stand for the national anthem to protest what he feels is racial injustice in America. I’m not here to wag the finger at Kaepernick.  One of the things that makes this the greatest country in the world is the fact that …

Back Into The Frying Pan

John Whitaker Career Paths, Change, Communication, Culture, John Whitaker

For the last handful of years, I’ve been a free-range chicken, roaming from roost to roost spreading good cheer and occasional wisdom. The life of a consultant is one that doesn’t suit everyone, but for me it felt like a worn-in Birkenstock. Unfortunately, it’s a lifestyle that didn’t have the resiliency of a worn-in Birkenstock. Daddy needs new shoes. Yes, …

A Simple Formula For Becoming An Enviable Place To Work

Guest: Ed Baldwin Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, employee experience, HR, Innovation, Workplace Flexibilty

Eventually, all leadership teams come to a realization that if they “win” in attracting higher caliber people than their competitors to their company then they will also “win” in their marketplace. Having a better team of people in place than your competitors is a sure-fire way to create a sustainable competitive advantage. But doing so is tricky. Why? Look no …

Five Faces of Good Management

Steve Boese Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, Engagement and Satisfaction, Retention, Steve Boese

Those of us interested in improving our organizations; our ability to find, attract, recruit, develop, and retain talent; and to simply get “better” as HR/Talent pros have no shortage of freely available resources to help us in these endeavors. There are HR/Talent blogs like this one, HR and workplace podcasts, webinars, (like this one coming up from the FOT crew), …

Are You Experienced? 3 People You Need to Meet

John Whitaker Communication, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, John Whitaker

Funny how it works, but as I get older, I realize that yes, Virginia, experience does count. But not, necessarily, in the traditional definition of experience, i.e. “tenure.” Let’s face it, there are people who have 20+ years of experience that equate to very little outside of the company for whom they work. But, there are others, who just by …

Keep Your Pants On…

John Whitaker HR (& Life!) Advice, John Whitaker

Anthony, Anthony, Anthony….you twit. Your entire life, you work to achieve a position of stature and influence, overcoming what had to be a tough playground experience as a child, only to betray yourself in the most ironic of ways considering your surname. TWICE. Weiner is certainly not the first powerful man to succumb to the temptations of the flesh -hell, even now he’s sharing the spotlight …