Lost Productivity Due to March Madness? It’s Just Another Office Fairy Tale

John Hollon Driving Productivity, employee experience, Employee Relations, Managing People 0 Comments

As someone who has spent a lifetime as a journalist, take it from me: the state of today’s media is pretty terrible. But public relations is pretty bad too, and some of the worst PR has to be from those who do their damndest to make an overblown case for some supposed workplace issue that’s going to cause a great …

Time to Stick a Fork in Cover Letters? Only If You Want to Miss the Best Candidates

John Hollon Always Be Closing, Candidate Pool, Interviewing, Recruiting, Resumes 1 Comment

A couple of years ago, Fistful of Talent published a blog post of mine that not only created a huge reaction but was easily the most well-read article I’ve ever had here.  The title should tell you why: Looking Back at What May Be the “Balliest” Cover Letter of All Time.’ It was about a classic cover letter that the …

What Does It Mean When a Tech Analyst Talks About People More Than Technology?

John Hollon Change Management, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, employee experience

I’ve been attending a lot of talent management-related conferences recently, and that means that I’ve gotten a heavy dose of hearing everybody’s favorite HR technology analyst, Josh Bersin, speaking here, there, and everywhere. This has been an enlightening experience. As someone who has been covering the talent management space for a long time, I’ve heard Josh speak quite a bit …

Sweet Lies About Work and Other Final Thoughts from HR Tech 2019

John Hollon Corporate America, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR & Marketing, HR Tech

Editor’s Note – FOT Contributor John Hollon is on the ground this week reporting from the HR Technology Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas How do I know I’m at an HR conference? I know when I hear Marcus Buckingham giving a keynote speech. To put it another way, if Josh Bersin is everyone’s favorite HR technology analyst, Buckingham may …

Josh Bersin at HR Tech: You Need to Hire Generalists Because “They Are Going to Rule the World”

John Hollon employee experience, HR Tech, HR Technology, HR Vendors

Editor’s Note – FOT Contributor John Hollon is on the ground this week reporting from the HR Technology Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas. When Josh Bersin talks, talent management people listen. Everyone’s favorite technology analyst kicked off the first full day of the annual HR Technology Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas with a keynote speech on Making Sense …

Kutik on HR Technology: “Companies Need to Help Employees Become the People They Need Tomorrow”

John Hollon HR Tech, HR Technology, Influence

Editor’s Note – FOT Contributor John Hollon is on the ground this week reporting from the HR Technology Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas. If it’s October, it must be time for the annual HR Technology Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas. This year’s event is expected to set a few records, according to Human Resources Executive magazine: Not only …

Management Fads Come and Go, But Here’s an Oldie You Should Get on Board With

John Hollon Change Management, Coaching, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, John Hollon, Leadership, Managing People, Uncategorized

Management fads come and go, but one thing never changes — the fact that that most management fads don’t seem to last. That’s why I was surprised when I saw this recent Wall Street Journal article touting “agile management” as the hot, new management trend. My doubt was fueled by the third paragraph of the Journal story that openly admitted …

There’s a “Red Wedding” at Uber – But Not Just With Their Marketing Layoffs

John Hollon Candidate Pool, Change, Change Management, Corporate America, John Hollon, Layoffs, Offboarding, Organizational Development, Recruiting, Uncategorized

Like so many people, I loved Game of Thrones. And that’s why ANY big company layoff that’s referred to as a “Marketing Red Wedding” gets my full and undivided attention. The fact that the company is Uber, and the “Red Wedding” description comes from Uber employees about a big layoff that took place there in late July, well, that’s just …