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. …

Workplace Bullying, the New Normal?

William Wiggins Culture, EEO, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Harassment, HR, Personal Conduct Policy, Policies, Retention, Risks, wellness, Women in the Workplace 3 Comments

At age thirteen I was led to an epiphany. The year was 1976, and this is my story – – I was an eighth grader, rocking a pair of light blue converse all-stars, the perfect afro, and living large at Canterbury Jr. High School.  That was the year of my (to this day) most infamous encounter with Clifford, a classmate and neighbor, who by that time …

Do You VUCA? Should You?

Paul Hebert employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Uncategorized 0 Comments

I had a nice New Year’s breakfast with a friend and we were talking about VUCA. Yeah… I live on the edge! If you’re not familiar, VUCA stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. The acronym was first described in 1987 and adopted by the U.S. Army War College to describe the multilateral world resulting from the end of the …

Marketing Training as a Benefit

Kylie Quetell Benefits, Business Development, Career Advice, Communication, Culture, Employee Development, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Uncategorized 1 Comment

Today’s workforce is very impatient. We want to grow and develop and get promoted, and we want it all to come very quickly. To be perfectly frank, we believe we are entitled to it. I am your employee, and so therefore you should be giving me things. Lots of things. So many things. I don’t even care what those things …

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 …

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 …

Wag The Dog in HR

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Paul Hebert

As I think back on my career and recall the times I had the best work experiences—where I was connected and engaged the most—it almost always involved a crisis or a pressure-filled project. I can vividly remember working on a big Chrysler account or a huge GM Parts incentive program. We worked 24/7 for weeks. In one case, we slept …

No Vacations for You!

Kylie Quetell Benefits, Business Development, Candidate Pool, Career Advice, Culture, Employee Development, employee experience, HR, Leadership, Managing People, Policies, Recruitment Marketing, Talent Strategy, Vacation, Work Life Balance

I received a job offer a while ago, and it was a good one. Part of the package included an awesome paid time off program. Unlimited. That’s right folks, Unlimited PTO. I can take as much time as I need, whenever I need it, vacations galore. If my wife and I decide to start a family, I can have unlimited …

Trading Places (in HR)

Mark Fogel Bad HR, Business Development, employee experience, Employment Law, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Leadership, Mark Fogel

I have always been fascinated with the idea of trading places in business. The 1983 movie Trading Places, starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, is a comedy classic. The concept of trading places in business is compelling. A few years ago, I traded places with a university colleague at Adelphi, where I teach HR as an adjunct professor. Part of …