Is High Performance a Zero-Sum Game?

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Development, HR, Managing People, Performance, Recognition, Retention, Talent Management, Training and Development, Workforce Management Articles

I read a lot of HR stuff about high performers. We all want an entire population of these employees at our companies. Adding more high performers means better overall results, which means better everything, right? Maybe not. Depending on your culture, you could be making it hard for the best performers to stay. As Long As It Helps Me A …

That Company Has 3 Types of Workers.

Ben Martinez Ben Martinez, Business Development, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, HR, Performance, Recruiting, Retention, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy, Training and Development

People are wired to work and make things happen. You may or may not like your job, but you are there to achieve things for your company. That is why you should hire more people who actually love their work. There are three types of workers. The “job” worker. This is the person who hates Mondays, lives for the weekends, …

Bosses Behaving Badly: When Integrity Matters Most

Ed Baldwin Business Development, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Ed Baldwin, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Good HR, HR, Leadership, Managing People, Pop Culture

How many of us have seen our leaders (C-Suite, bosses, the ivory tower, “the brass”) abandon their integrity when the going gets rough? Maybe they decided to cut salaries to shed costs without cutting their own, or they identified a sacrificial lamb to take the fall for what was their mistake. Perhaps they simply elected to flat out lie to …

All for One and One for All! Employee Engagement Peanut Butter.

Paul Hebert Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Leadership, Learning, Performance, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, wellness

I started my own blog in 2006. Not an actual OG but very close. Heck, I used to use Typepad for chrissakes. That’s seriously old school. And some of (most of) my posts since that time have been about employee engagement. I know this because every time I’m up to write on Fistful of Talent I panic because I may …

Here’s to the Crazy Ones: And Why You Don’t Deserve Them

Kris Dunn Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, HR, Innovation, Kris Dunn, Learning and Development, Managing People, Pop Culture, Talent Management, Training and Development

I’ve been doing a lot of performance work for some client companies lately. As you might expect, I’m trying to push the companies to get out of the mindset that the performance review transaction is the reason for the process. Repeat after me:  The reason you do any type of coaching or performance management is to migrate employees. If you’re …

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

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. …

Ageism is Real – And It’s Your Fault

Paul Hebert Bad HR, Coaching, Employee Development, Generations, HR, Learning, Learning and Development, Paul Hebert, Talent Management

“But Paul, you’re different. You like that technology stuff.” That’s what I get when I bring up a new way to manage a process with a new project management tool. Or when I try to introduce a web-based collaboration platform. Or even when I suggest we use group collaboration in Office 365. Real truth? I don’t always like “that technology …

I Was Ghosting Jobs Back When Ghosting Wasn’t Cool

John Hollon candidate experience, Career Paths, Communication, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Hourly Hiring, Uncategorized

Who says there’s no such thing as “fake” news? This goes through my head whenever I read about how the “ghosting” trend (people skipping job interviews, failing to show up when they get hired, or bailing from a new job with no warning) is disrupting recruiting and hiring, because the more I hear about it, the more I’m convinced that ghosting is …

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

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 …

Seize the Day

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Business Development, Change Management, Coaching, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Good HR, HR, Uncategorized

Over the holidays we went back to my husband’s childhood home, where we tackled the project of cleaning out a few remaining items in his closet. Amid scrapbooks, photo albums, and well-loved toys was a box of trophies. He pulled out two that were special and moved the rest to the trash pile. Our 8-year-old daughter was visibly dismayed. How …