Talent Reality Check – Mandarin is the New Spanish for Your Kids…

Kris Dunn Culture, Driving Productivity, Generations, Kris Dunn

Quick – if you could pick right now, what second language would you have your kids learn to enhance their economic prospects over the next 50 years? If you said, "Spanish", congratulations.  That’s a nice choice, and you’re towing the company line.  My guess is that 95% of American’s would give that answer.  After all, Spanish is rapidly becoming the …

4 Common Sense Ways to turn BAD Engagement into GOOD Engagement…

Kris Dunn Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kris Dunn

Fay Hansen’s article in Workforce Recruiting is worth your time to read.  Who can argue with the value of engagement?  The primary issue, as Fay undoubtedly experienced in her research, is that while lots of people talk about engagement, they have a hard time defining what they do to improve engagement in their organizations. Which begs the question – Can …

Driving Full Engagement: Don’t Be So Concerned About Your Managers…

Josh Letourneau Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Joshua Letourneau

Put simply, full engagement is truly a beautiful thing. It’s what all high-performing organizations and teams aspire to, which is made obvious by Fay Hansen’s article at Workforce. That being said, the fact of the matter is the notion of engagement has become nothing more than a platitude to many; an empty buzzword tossed around by the management consulting firm …

Talent Primer – Was That Milli Vanilli at the Beijing Olympics?

Kris Dunn Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kris Dunn, Recognition

Was Milli Vanilli performing in spirit at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics?  Girl, you know it’s true… If given a choice when selecting talent, do you go with skills and aptitude or are you more apt to select the prettiest face?  Right – you go with the skills, because you’re a knowledgeable broker of talent, immune to the …

Executives Need to “Eat the Dog Food” When It Comes to Company Culture…

Paul Hebert Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert, Recognition, Total Rewards

Many companies ask that I help them design and develop programs to reinforce and, in some instances, create a company culture.  Through a reward and recognition strategy, you can highlight and popularize the behaviors that define your company’s culture.  However, don’ think a “program” can create the result you want, if you’re not part of the program. “A fish stinks …