Institutionalized: Working for the Corporate Version of Obi-Wan Kenobi/Bill Belichick

Kris Dunn Business Development, Career Advice, Career Paths, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Development, employee experience, Employment Branding and Culture, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Pop Culture, Sports, Talent Management 8 Comments

There’s a dirty little secret about great companies. Some of them are so great, the experience you pick up actually doesn’t transfer easily to other opportunities. Here’s how this phenomenon plays out: 1– You join a great company early in your career. 2–You are fortunate to work for a master, think the Obi-Wan Kenobi or Bill Belichick of your industry. …

The Most Important Part Of Recruiting Is… Wait For It… It’s…

Kelly Dingee Always Be Closing, candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, HR, Influence, Kelly Dingee 2 Comments

Not sourcing. Dear God, did I write that? I did. Sourcing is not the most important part of recruiting a candidate. It’s part of it, yes. But the most important part? No. I find people, sure. But what I’m finding these days is I find people and they think “Yeah, it’s probably time for me to make a move… ” …

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 0 Comments

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 …

Diversity–Are We There Yet?

William Wiggins Business Development, Candidate Pool, Change Management, Culture, Current Affairs, Diversity, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Employment Branding and Culture, Employment Law, Hiring Bias, HR, Uncategorized 3 Comments

An auditor arrived for an ambush audit. He asked to speak with the individual who oversees HR–the receptionist called me. Minutes later I entered the conference room where I had her seat him. I extended my hand and said, “Hi I’m William Wiggins, I’m in charge of HR here, what can I do for you today?” He looked at my …

Call Me! The Lost Art of Picking Up The Phone.

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, candidate experience, Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, Generations, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, War for Talent

Gen X version: “Call me (call me) on the line Call me, call me any, anytime“ Millennial version: “Hey, I just met you, And this is crazy, But here’s my number, So call me, maybe!” Aside from the observation that Millennials are much coyer in their request for a call (“So call me, maybe!”) and those of us who identify …

The Killer HR App – Your Face

Paul Hebert Conferences, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, employee experience, HR, Influence, Paul Hebert, Performance

Almost 20 years ago I read a book that made me want to see around corners and over the horizon. That book was called “Unleashing the Killer App.” Far from a perfect book – but for me at the time, with my background and exposure to technology – it was an eye-opening read. It really reinforced the need to constantly …

Giving a Christmas Bonus So Employees Don’t End Up Feeling Like Clark Griswold

John Hollon Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Employee Communications, Employment Branding and Culture, Holidays, HR, Uncategorized

The more holiday seasons I work, the more I feel like Clark Griswold. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, the character certainly will. It’s the role Chevy Chase played numerous times, but most memorably in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. A major plot point was how Clark was anxiously waiting to hear how large his Christmas Bonus was going to …

Best Places to Work Isn’t Real, but…

Tim Sackett Benefits, Brand Ambassadors, Business Development, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employment Branding and Culture, HR, Uncategorized

Any of the best places to work lists are basically just a marketing gimmick. We all know this, right? RIGHT!? (Let’s be clear, I’m not actually talking about the specific company ‘Best Places’, but the concept of awards that say you’re better than another employer, etc.) If you make the list, great, good for you, you have resources to jump …

5 Hard Lessons I’ve Learned About Being a Better Manager and Boss

John Hollon Business Development, Career Paths, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Leadership, Learning and Development, Performance, Recognition

I’m a sucker for anything that tries to answer a question that I almost never hear anyone ask, much less answer: How can you be a good boss? Notice that I say anything that “tries” to answer because I usually find that most advice on how to better manage people usually goes one of two ways — it’s either very …

3 Ways to Ensure Your Work Communications Show Kindness

Dawn Burke Change, Communication, Culture, Dawn Burke, Email, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications

Work communications are always a barrel of laughs. Usually, when I have gotten in trouble either at work or with a pal, it involved me snapping off in an email. I don’t do it often, but when I do, I spend the next days downing an entire, full-fat version of humble pie, second-guessing my instincts, and generally feeling pretty s**ty. …