PREACH IT: March Madness Means Half Your Employees Are Back to Mailing It In…

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Coaching, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, FOT Reads, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kris Dunn, Performance, T+D, The HR Profession

It’s mid-March in the United States. That means the following things: – Some of your employees are about to get absolutely hammered this Thursday on St. Patrick’s Day. Green dye in the liquid of their choice?  Absolutely no problem. If there’s one thing Americans can do, it’s celebrate days that are centered around other countries. We’re Irish on 3/17. We celebrate …

What Trait Holds Leaders Back

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Coaching, Communication, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Leadership

Effective leadership involves a million traits. As discussed in What Leadership Isn’t, it’s often easier to explain what leaders want to avoid than it is to review the laundry list of traits effective leaders employ. This post is about one behavior to avoid: getting triggered. As I’ve coached leaders over the years, and indeed as I myself have learned where …

Performance Management Economics: Regression to the Mean of Top Performers…

Kris Dunn Coaching, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kris Dunn, Leadership, Performance

I’ve got a theory I’ve written about before: EVERY MANAGER and INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTOR HAS A SHELF LIFE AT A COMPANY. What’s a shelf life? Shelf life means that you come into a new opportunity with lots of fresh ideas, and you’re engaged and ready to kick some ass. And you do that. Just as importantly, the people around you—the receptors …

Managerial Skill #27: Deflating Conflict Like Corporate Gandhi

RJ Morris Audacious Ideas, Coaching, Leadership, Learning, Learning and Development, Performance, RJ Morris

Talent pros across the country have spent most of early 2016 trying to figure out how to basically just keep up. Escalating wages, tight labor markets and (mostly) good economic indicators. All we have to do is recruit and hire, retain top performers, set the right compensation, run a comprehensive but affordable benefits program and make sure everyone gets along. …

The Cavaliers Fired The Best Coach In Their History, And What That Reminds Us About Talent

Steve Boese Coaching, HR, HR & Sports, Leadership, Steve Boese, Talent Strategy

About two weeks or so ago, the NBA’s Cleveland LeBrons Cavaliers unceremoniously fired their head coach David Blatt. This was despite the team holding the Eastern Conference’s best record (at the time of Blatt’s sacking, the team was a stellar 30-11). Last year, in Blatt’s first season as head coach the team made it to the NBA finals, eventually losing …

Kick-Start Your HR Creativity – Two Lessons From Jared Leto

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Pop Culture, wellness, Work Life Balance

The Thin Red Line. Fight Club.  American Psyco.  These are films that solidified Jared Leto‘s success as an Oscar-winning actor. Then, as his star was rising, he basically stopped making movies. “I think it was about focus. I knew that I needed to commit everything to music at that point in my life,” said Leto. Fast Company interviewed Jared Leto and …

The Unsophisticated Hiring Manager

RJ Morris Coaching, Communication, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, Recruiting, RJ Morris

We spend a fair bit of time in our little shop talking about how to work with sophisticated hiring managers vs. unsophisticated managers. This has nothing to do with liking caviar vs. Cheez Whiz. It has more to do with Sean Penn thinking he’s a journalist. Sophisticated hiring managers have enough reps under their belt to know how to play …

Kick-A$$ Career Advice for 2016

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Change, Coaching, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, HR (& Life!) Advice, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, wellness, Working With Recruiters

It’s that time of year. The traditional time of reflecting and planning for our professional lives is upon us. It’s bull. It’s actually the worst time to be doing any remembering, preparing or thinking about your career. Why? Well, if you’re like me, you’re exhausted. You’re cramming to get all the stuff you said you’d do LAST December done. You’re …

You’re Not Direct; You’re Just Rude

Ben Olds Ben Olds, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Influence, Leadership

We all know them – those folks who pride themselves on “telling it like it is” and “not beating around the bush.” They are in our families, social circles, and at work. These folks value authenticity and transparency, and believe that sugar-coating responses winds up obfuscating the truth and leads to misunderstandings and unproductive dialogue. They say “I believe people …

Can You Train People to Work Hard?

RJ Morris Audacious Ideas, Career Paths, Change, Change Management, Coaching, RJ Morris

Think about the people who have failed at your workplace. We know that it’s not usually because they lacked technical skill. It usually falls into one of two categories: He was a jerk, or he was lazy. She alienated people, or she didn’t get enough done. Hard work matters in the workplace, especially early in your career. As you progress …