Hey Talent Diva – The World Needs Ditchdiggers, Too…

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Culture, Driving Productivity, Kris Dunn, Retention, Succession Planning

To quote Austin Powers, I’m a man, baby… As a guy, quoting movies is part of who I am… And I can even work it into a HR/Talent blog entry… From Caddyshack: Judge Smails: The man is a menace! Cut that off! Music is a violation of our personal privacy! He’s breaking the law! Danny: I’ve always been fascinated with …

I’m Not Going to Tolerate a Lot of Negotiating, Bob…

Kris Dunn Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Kris Dunn, Making Offers, Recruiting

Later on this week we’ll be doing a series of articles for Workforce Recruiting, most of which deal with the topic of pending pay equity legislation like the Paycheck Fairness Act. I know that sounds boring, but it’s not.  Here’s why – the focus of most of those articles is how  candidates who have better negotiating skills tend to end …

No Fa-Fa-Fa-Fooling – Coaching Def Leppard (and Your New Hires) Not to Commit Political Suicide..

Kris Dunn Culture, Kathy Rapp, Onboarding, Retention

I admit it.  I LOVE Def Leppard.  Regardless of the fact that I don’t understand much of what Joe Elliot actually sings: ”You’re bringin’ on the heartbreak, yeah yeah, uh huh, watermelon…”, the band rocks and I still remember sitting in my date’s Honda Prelude, CD blaring on our way to the “Hysteria” concert – topped off with a post-concert …

If You’re a Slacker and You Know It, Clap Your Hands (Office vs. Telecommuting)…

Kris Dunn Culture, Driving Productivity, Kris Dunn

Telecommuting. Talk to any manager in America, and odds are that they have an opinion on the topic.  They love it for their people.  They hate it for their people.  They love it for themselves, but hate it for their people ("Fred, I’m denying your request to telecommute, because it’s bad for your career at Innotech.  Call me on my …

Management Gone Wrong – Al Davis, an Employee Warning Letter and an Overhead Projector…

Kris Dunn Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kris Dunn

This post is brought to you by the good people at the Employment Branding Institute (EBI).  "EBI – we make you look good, even if you’re hideous"… Today’s rant is about employment branding and the NFL’s Oakland Raiders.  With the exception of the last 6-7 years, the Raiders have been one of the most storied franchises in professional sports.  In …

The Human Cost of WaMu’s (and Wall Street’s) Failure

Jason Pankow Culture, Jason Pankow

Apparently, we’re in some sort of financial crisis.  My wife does the bills, so I’m just catching up. One of the big headlines, currently, is the government seizure and sale of Washington Mutual…the largest bank failure in history.  Here in Seattle, we are still wondering what the fallout from WaMu’s failure will be.  Of course, this has a huge affect …

Buzzards Gathering on eBay – A Sure Sign Your Company Is Dead…

Kris Dunn Culture, Kris Dunn

By now, you’ve heard the news of Wall Street firm Lehman Brothers going belly up and insurer AIG requiring a $85 billion dollar buyout from Uncle Sam to remain in business.  Checked your 401k recently?  Don’t… I’d love to write something cool about the markets figuring it out over time, but with all the government buyouts, it doesn’t feel like …

Career Security – Find a National Micro-Niche and Live Where You Want to Live…

Kris Dunn Career Paths, Culture, Innovation, Kris Dunn

In this world of plant closings, offshoring and general economic upheaval, I’ve become a big believer in the value of developing your personal brand.  Part of developing that personal brand is clearly communicating who you are and the value you provide those who associate with you.  Another big component to personal branding?  Finding your micro-niche. With the world shrinking daily, …