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 1 Comment

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 2 Comments

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 …

A New Recruiting Wrinkle: Paying Everybody as if They Worked in San Francisco

John Hollon Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Compensation/Cash Money, Executive Search, Uncategorized 1 Comment

Here’s the latest recruiting wrinkle in job listings: Posting an ad where the company is completely up front about what the position pays — even if it is $181,000 a year. Jeff Hyman, a long-time executive recruiter and author of the bestselling book Recruit Rockstars, recently flagged me to the fact that project management software company Basecamp was looking for …

Today’s Job Listings: They’re Silly, Pretentious, and Have Gone off the Deep End

John Hollon Candidate Pool, Compensation/Cash Money, Employment Branding and Culture, Job Boards, John Hollon, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing, Talent Acquisition

I’ve seen a LOT of job listings over the last few years, so I shouldn’t be surprised at any of the preposterous skill requirements that some hiring managers seem to be looking for. But then I saw this one. I could hardly believe what was listed as the No. 1 required skill for a position as Advisor to the President …

Employee Improvement Plans: Should They Always Be Viewed as a Death Sentence?

John Hollon Communication, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, HR, Managing People, Performance, Talent Management, Training and Development, Workforce Management Articles

Did I miss the memo? When did the venerable Performance Improvement Plan — a managerial non sequitur that often has little to do with performance OR improvement — morph into the more concise but equally Orwellian “Corrective Action?” I bumped into this new terminology for what most managers lovingly refer to as a “PIP” a couple of weeks ago when …

The 5 Qualities Needed to Be a Really Great Manager

John Hollon Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Performance, Retention, Talent Management, Training and Development, Workforce Management Articles

I’ve had a lot of jobs so I’ve worked for a lot of different managers — the good, the bad, and the really ugly. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from all of them, it’s this: it’s rare when you find one that you would really want to work for again. In fact, when I try to count the good …

The State of Today’s Job Market? It’s Not Nearly as Tight as You Think

John Hollon in the news, Job Market, Labor, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition

Do you really believe that today’s U.S. unemployment rate is at the lowest level since 1969? Well I don’t, and I’m getting tired of the constant overhype about how this is possibly the greatest market for job seekers ever, and that anyone who wants a job can find one. That’s because the current job market isn’t nearly as good as …

If You Just Rely on AI to Train Managers, Don’t Be Surprised at the Management You Get.

John Hollon Business Development, Coaching, Employee Coaching, HR Tech, HR Technology, Leadership, Learning and Development, Onboarding, Online Applications, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, Training and Development, Workforce Management Articles

I’m not easily surprised, but I am when I see something like this: According to The Wall Street Journal, companies are now turning to robots to train and coach young managers. *Insert your bad manager joke here* According to The Journal, the training comes in the form of a bot, “a manager-training app powered by the artificial intelligence of IBM …

What Are You Telling Employees When You Send Them Late Night Emails?

John Hollon Career Advice, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Email, Employee Communications, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR (& Life!) Advice, Managing People, Mental Health, Performance, Work Life Balance, Workforce Management Articles

I learned long ago that you should always be ready to take good advice — no matter where it comes from. This month, it came from a guy named Michael Dermer who touts himself in his blog and newsletter as The Lonely Entrepreneur. His words of wisdom were short, sweet, and spot-on. He said: “Turn off at a respectable time, …

Micro-Internships: A Gig Economy Way to Find Great Young Talent.

John Hollon College Recruiting, Generations, HR, Internships, Job Boards, John Hollon, Learning and Development, Networking, Online Applications, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, Training and Development, Workplace Flexibilty

Count me as a big fan of college internships. I’ve told this story before, but I trace my long career as a journalist and media executive back to my college internship on the Metro Desk of the Los Angeles Times. I got class credit instead of pay, but that wasn’t the point. I wanted a chance to write something that …