Leaders: If You Are Not A Great Listener, You Are A Great Pretender

Dawn Burke Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Uncategorized

Being an active listener is hard.   I work as an HR consultant/trainer for some incredible firms (including KinetixHR, Recruiting Toolbox, and naturally, Dawn Burke HR). Whether conducting training for corporate leaders, HR pros, recruiters, hiring managers, or coaches, there is one significant obstacle all face and struggle to conquer – active listening. My eight year-old-niece would say, “a-doy.” My husband …

Failure – A Facilitated Activity

Kylie Quetell Change Management, Communication, Employee Development, Learning and Development

I was recently asked to give a presentation to a group of 100 people about success after failure. It was for an all day event, and I was asked to speak for 30 minutes. The objective was to get folks inspired to rise up after their own moments of failure. I realized that speaking about success after failure for 30 …

Sweet Lies About Work and Other Final Thoughts from HR Tech 2019

John Hollon Corporate America, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR & Marketing, HR Tech

Editor’s Note – FOT Contributor John Hollon is on the ground this week reporting from the HR Technology Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas How do I know I’m at an HR conference? I know when I hear Marcus Buckingham giving a keynote speech. To put it another way, if Josh Bersin is everyone’s favorite HR technology analyst, Buckingham may …

Have you traveled on the dark side? Lessons from a Diversified HR/Recruiting Career.

Kelly Dingee Career Paths, Change, Corporate America, Culture, Employee Development, Learning and Development, Uncategorized

Confession time…I have never been and will never be a 30 year employee. 3 yrs, 5 yrs, 10 yrs…I can hit those milestones.  But beyond that, fat chance. My career has been guided by gut and need and not always in that order. Why by gut? Work should be fun. You should love what you do and where you are and …

Treating Employees Like Your Kids

Ed Baldwin Bad HR, Career Advice, Ed Baldwin, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, Good HR, HR, Uncategorized

Because I’m reaching the “vintage” where the most junior employees I work with are now the ages of my own kids, I’m now recognizing this management phenomenon in the workplace more than ever before.  Do you treat your employees like your own kids?  On the surface it sounds preposterous.  But then again, I treat my own kids pretty well.  I …

Have You Engaged Your Millennials Today?

William Wiggins Communication, Diversity, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, Uncategorized

I encountered an employee of the Millennial persuasion in the copy room in a state of panic. He was working feverishly to reduce and scan a near mural-size floor plan that had been requested by an executive who sat two floors above ASAP.  He was having trouble figuring out how to reduce and email the document expeditiously. With each passing …

Management Fads Come and Go, But Here’s an Oldie You Should Get on Board With

John Hollon Change Management, Coaching, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, John Hollon, Leadership, Managing People, Uncategorized

Management fads come and go, but one thing never changes — the fact that that most management fads don’t seem to last. That’s why I was surprised when I saw this recent Wall Street Journal article touting “agile management” as the hot, new management trend. My doubt was fueled by the third paragraph of the Journal story that openly admitted …

Should We Retire the Term “Full-Time” Position?

Paul Hebert Employee Development, Employee Engagement, HR, Uncategorized

As I survey the employee/employer relationship landscape, I really never see a great story. Oh, sure, there are good “anecdotes” here and there of some company (typically privately held, startup-mentality, uber-cool) doing something unique and interesting enough to get into INC and Forbes. These stories are the bloody chum consultants tweet, retweet, post and build models around (until the next …

How About a Designer In the HR Department?

Guest: Katie Augsburger Audacious Ideas, Change Management, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Uncategorized

How HR Professionals Can Use Design Thinking To Transform Their Company and Career A few years ago I found the world’s cutest mug. It had a little pug on the front, was large and perfect for drinking tea on a cozy Sunday. It was about 10 minutes after using that mug, tea all down my shirt and my fingers squished …

Let’s Be Honest; Most HR “Diversity Programs” Are for White People

Guest: Katie Augsburger Business Development, Career Paths, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Diversity, Employee Development, HR, Learning and Development, Women, Women in the Workplace

I can’t be the only person that has sat in a “diversity meeting” and thought to myself, “who is this for?” As a woman of color, I rarely, if ever felt like the content was for me. But I often felt like the content was about me, namely, how to deal with me. The focus of many diversity presentations that …