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, …

Beware of YOU…(#1 of 4)

John Whitaker Change, John Whitaker

During times of organizational change, it’s estimated that at least 30% of those impacted can be categorized as “Resistors,” actively opposed to the change initiative; another 50% will be “Undecided.” While I usually spare you the math, my ciphering tells me that leaves 20% of the pie acting as a proponent of change. That doesn’t leave a whole lot of people …

Shut Up…You’ll Thank Me.

John Whitaker Communication

“Never miss a good opportunity to shut up.” – Judge Roy Bean If you don’t know Michael Keaton’s fine performance as Billy Blazowski, do yourself a favor: stop reading, watch Night Shift, and then we can talk. Specifically, look for a scene where “Billy Blaze” listens to a recorded message over & over (courtesy Henry Winkler) reminding him to “SHUT UP.” Now, that …

Whose Moccasins Are You Wearing?

John Whitaker Career Paths, Change, John Whitaker

Like too few of my colleagues in Human Resources, I actually fell into an HR “Business Partner” role after years in other positions. Ten years of sales, overlapped with management, operations, and training, then recruiting, then somehow I found myself in the HR suite in my early 30’s. What I found, to my benefit, was that my past job experience …

The Middle Ball

John Whitaker Change, John Whitaker

My Dad had a bitchin’ office. Realize this is coming from the perspective of a 9-year old who still considered Batman figurines “cool,” but I’m going to say my opinion holds up. He had a computer (this was 1970’s technology, so it was the size of a small car), a speaker phone that looked exactly like the one from Charlie’s Angels, …

A New Holiday Tradition?

John Whitaker Driving Productivity, HR, John Whitaker

Editor’s note: This is the second 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.  Let the mediocrity begin! According to a recent Harris Study, it’s estimated that half of all American workers will lose productivity in this …

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 …

John Whitaker knows You Never Forget Your First….

John Whitaker Worldwide FOT

One of my favorite things to do when studying a resume or reviewing a LinkedIn profile is to go back in time to see where it all began…this impressive person in front of me may have made a seismic shift in their professional history that led them to their current state in life. It’s one reason I always recommend that you include …

With Friends Like Me…

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

“Always drink upstream from the herd.” – Will Rogers One of the lesser-known pitfalls for an HR professional working as a Business Partner is one not normally mentioned when the topic of “HR Competencies” is discussed. At least in a corporate HRBP role, you can actually run into the complication of being too damn friendly. Truthfully, it can be a …

Roadkill

John Whitaker Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, John Whitaker, Leadership

…that’s what you find in the middle of the road. Too indecisive, too slow, and eventually too flat. Jim Hightower, former Texas Railroad Commissioner & lifetime rabble-rouser, is the owner of the quote, “The middle of the road is for yellow lines and dead armadillos.” Filed at the top of the “Wish I Said That First” list, I’ve used this …