The Plane Isn’t Free Falling, But You Still Need to Put Your Oxygen Mask on First.

Kathy Rapp Books, Career Advice, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Corporate America, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR

The person who gave me my start in HR also gifted me with a book, “Managing Transitions” by William Bridges. At the time I was going through a professional change and my organization was in flux–the book was much appreciated. Fast forward almost 28 years (yes, I started my career at 12) and I still revisit that book whenever I …

Tech Isn’t Your Savior – It’s Your Accelerator

Corey Burns A.I., ATS, Books, Business Development, Candidate Pool, Change, Corey Burns, Driving Productivity, Employee Communications, HR

This past September, I wrote an article about recruiting “tech stack”: tools and technology that combine to help enable the recruiting function. The words “help enable” are two of the most important words in that statement, because technology is an accelerator, not a creator, of momentum. While I stand by the explanation of the term “tech stack,” my thought process …

A Smart Start to Your New Work Year? Determining What To End.

Dawn Burke Books, Business Development, Career Advice, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Dawn Burke, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Good HR, Uncategorized

Does this sound familiar? It’s the first month of the work year. You’re a little happy to be back (you love your kids but…). Although your inbox is overwhelming, you’re ready to start fresh in the new year. You’re working on your yearly kickoff meeting, excited about your new strategy, and have resolved to manage your time better. You’re starting to feel, dare …

You Worked Really Hard in 2018.

Ben Martinez Audacious Ideas, Ben Martinez, Books, Business Development, Career Paths, Coaching, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Uncategorized

It’s 2019 and it’s already time for everyone to start implementing New Year’s goals. But before you jump in and make good on your 2019 resolutions, let’s acknowledge that you worked really hard in 2018. Like really hard. You may not have met all of your 2018 personal goals, and maybe missed the mark on one or two objectives, but …

Should I join this startup?

Guest: Justin Vandehey Books, Business Development, Career Advice, Career Paths, Interviewing, Leadership, Networking, Talent Strategy

Recently, a good friend of mine asked to grab coffee to talk about the pros and cons of leaving his current employer to join as the first employee at an early, seed-stage startup. In reflecting on his questions, I began to think back to the period in my life when I too left a steady job at a larger company …

Drucker – FOT – Modern

It Always Pays to Help Employees Build on Their Strengths

John Hollon Books, Business Development, Career Advice, Career Paths, Coaching, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Talent Management, Training and Development

If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a hundred times while listening to managers give performance reviews to their employees – “Here are the areas you need to work to improve on.”  It sounds like a really smart thing to do, doesn’t it? After all, don’t we all want to improve on our weaknesses? Well … no. Although it would …

Management By Best-Selling Leadership Book – They’re Laughing at You.

Kris Dunn Books, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, HR, Kris Dunn, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Robots

Let me start this post by making a disclaimer – I’m not anti-leadership book, nor am I anti-personal development. There’s a real need for all of us to look for ways to get better at what we do professionally. I believe enough in leadership/management skills that I actually created a training series for managers of people called the BOSS Series. …

Straight to Hell Book Review

Laurie Ruettimann Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Books, Laurie Ruettimann

I just finished reading Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals. The author, John LeFevre, has enjoyed a distinguished career in international finance (per his Amazon author page). He joined Salomon Brothers as a young graduate and finished his career with Citigroup in New York, London, and Hong Kong. Bur Lefevre is best known for his …

Ending the Fiction of Lifetime Employment

Steve Gifford Audacious Ideas, Books, Career Paths, Change, Culture, Giving Notice, Personal Brand, Retention, Steve Gifford, Succession Planning

You probably aren’t working in the last job you’ll ever have.  Heck, there’s a good chance you’re not even in the single digits of employers before you retire.  So, why do we pretend that we are? That’s the interesting issue that is posed in this month’s Harvard Business Review, entitled Tours of Duty: The New Employer-Employee Contract.  The authors lay …