Always in Beta

Mark Fogel Change, Change Management, HR (& Life!) Advice, Innovation, Mark Fogel 0 Comments

One of my clients refers to itself as “always under construction”…that’s another way of saying you’re always in Beta… This has been their tagline for close to twenty years and they truly are always under construction in every way they approach business including HR and Talent… But what is Beta? Webster’s defines it as: a stage of development in which …

Taking Talent Old School: How to Create a Positive Candidate Experience

Mark Fogel candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Hiring Managers, Mark Fogel, Old School, Online Applications, Recruiting 0 Comments

We constantly hear stories about bad experiences candidates have in our recruiting processes – and not just about the lack of personalization in the pipelining process. I have my own war chest of stories and a few as a candidate, not as the recruiter.  A couple of year back I personally sent out over 600 resumes in a 10-month period …

Warming The Bench

Mark Fogel Managing People, Mark Fogel, Performance, Retention, Sports

A quick prelude to my discussion today: Enes Kantor, the former NY Knick center rode the bench almost all of this NBA season before being traded to the Portland Trailblazers, who had him play significant minutes during the playoffs. It’s a little hard to feel too sorry for him receiving $17 million in compensation to keep his seat warm until …

Want Employee Engagement? Just Ask.

Mark Fogel Change Management, Communication, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Mark Fogel, Paul Hebert, wellness

Employee engagement continues to be a challenge for organizations of all shapes and sizes. The road map to tackling this challenge is right in front of you if you are willing to involve your employees in the solution. But what should you be asking your people to get that answer? What they value, of course. Pretty simple, but nearly impossible …

What’s Your Story?

Mark Fogel Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Managing People, Mark Fogel, Performance, Talent Management, wellness, Workplace Flexibilty

Everybody has a story, maybe more than one, impacting your work life. A few years back while attending the SHRM National Conference in Orlando, Heather Abbott, a Boston Marathon bombing victim, gave a rousing 10-minute introduction to the conference. An HR executive whose life was dramatically altered after losing a leg in the tragic event. She has recovered, moved on, …

Duck Season, Wabbit Season, Conference Season, and March Madness: Part 2

Mark Fogel Conferences, Current Affairs, HR, HR & Sports, Learning, Learning and Development, Mark Fogel, politics, Power Rankings, Resumes, Selection, SHRM, Sports, The HR Profession

Yes, it is time for March Madness. Spring is definitely in the air. About this time last year, I departed from my political and assertive writing to do a mash-up of topics impacting the HR and Talent community. Well, It’s time for a “Part 2,” so hold on to your hats and college basketball draw sheets, here we go! First, …

The Politics of HR – Whose Side Are You On?

Mark Fogel Business Development, Conferences, Corporate America, Current Affairs, HR, Mark Fogel, politics, SHRM

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., HR’s largest membership organization’s CEO has been catching a lot of flack lately. In fact, a band of HR innovators and outliers have pushed the #fixitSHRM hashtag for a while in their displeasure with the CEO’s actions on behalf of the society. It’s even getting some press and blog play in the HR and talent space …

Oh No, I Have Been Placed at Table 19!

Mark Fogel A.I., ATS, Business Development, candidate experience, Communication, Conferences, Email, HR Technology, HR Vendors, Mark Fogel

Alright, you may ask what does being placed at table 19 mean. Well, it is a metaphor taken from the Movie “Table 19”. The table is a place for folks invited to a wedding or any type of celebration, and the hosts don’t know where to place them. Some might even say the folks placed at this table are unwanted …

HR, Take Some Risks and Just Say “What the ****”

Mark Fogel Audacious Ideas, Business Development, Candidate Pool, Career Paths, Change, Change Management, Communication, Conferences, Employee Development, HR, Mark Fogel, Risks

My favorite movie line of all time and something every HR practitioner needs to do, “Sometimes you need to just say ‘what the ****’ and take some risks.” The quote comes from the movie Risky Business. Joel, the character played by Tom Cruise, is much like a teenage version of an HR pansy. Coasting through life on smarts, good looks …