No More Mr. Nice Guy

Marisa Keegan Employee Coaching, Marisa Keegan

If you’re the kind of manager who wants to make everyone happy, you might want to find a new position. Seriously. It’s not good for anyone. And while no one wants to work for a jackass, people do want to work for someone who is decisive, confident, and willing to do what it takes to make the best moves for …

HR Should Run Volunteer Organizations

Paul Hebert Employee Coaching, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Influence, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance

I read a quote a long time ago – I think it was from Peter Drucker – that said something along the lines of: “If you want to really understand management, manage volunteers.” I find that concept more and more relevant to what today’s managers must do in order to drive performance within their organizations.  While the economy may be …

No More Smelly Candidates With Video Interviewing! #WEBINAR

Tim Sackett Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, Hiring Managers, HR, HR Tech, HR Technology, Innovation, Interviewing, Organizational Development, Profiles, Recruiting, Resumes, SHRM, Social Media, Social Recruiting, Sourcing, Television, The HR Profession, Tim Sackett, Trench HR, War for Talent, Web/Tech, Webinar

KD and I are back at it – we’re doing an upcoming webinar on Wednesday May 23rd at 1pm EST (click here to register).  We have a lot of fun with these – we get to check out some very cool stuff in HR – and we get to channel our inner Oprah at the same time!   For this recent …

What is a Baller?

Paul Hebert Career Paths, Communication, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Paul Hebert, Performance, Work Life Balance

If you hang around the FOT water cooler enough you’re bound to run into a few sports terms now and then.  Baller is one of those.  Originally used to reference a street basketball player who makes it big and goes pro now it is used to reference just about anyone who is extremely proficient at the game – whether business …

GenY’s Succession Plan – Fire the Old Farts

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Candidate Pool, Career Paths, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Relations, Generations, Influence, Job Market, Job Seeker Advice, Organizational Development, Recognition, SHRM, Succession Planning, Tim Sackett

For those who read my stuff regularly, you know I’m not a real fan of all the generational talk that goes on in our space – “GenY’s are like this, and Baby Boomers are like that, and GenXers are something totally different…”, blah, blah, blah.  It annoys me when people paint broad strokes over an entire population of people – …

The Bonus Rules

Tim Sackett Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Performance, Recognition, The HR Profession, Tim Sackett

If you’ve been in HR for at least 30 minutes you’ve heard someone in your organization bitch about a bonus.  It comes part and parcel with the gig – from the beginning of time when the first caveman decided he needed some additional incentive for his cave drawers and developed the 5 drawings and you get an extra brontosaurus burger …

The Experience Gap – When You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know…

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Employee Coaching, Organizational Development

A few weeks ago, I was on a family vacation up on Lake Winnipesaukee with my whole family – parents, siblings, significant others and babies, 11 of us in all.  Given our past history when it comes to family vacations, we were all expecting some Griswald trip to Walley World type moments.  Things were actually going just fine until my …

For Business Innovation, Less Executives – More 7-Year Olds…

Paul Hebert Business Development, Change, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Good HR, Influence, Innovation, Paul Hebert

Hey HR – want to get more innovation out of your employees?  Want to amp up the creativity index in your staff.  Look no further than a 7-year old. The Brainstorming Session I’ve been a part of many brainstorming sessions.  Some good.  Some bad.  I always like how they start with “There are no bad ideas.” Unfortunately, yeah, there are. …