Range and Change Anxiety: Electric Cars Are More Like Your Company Than You Think….

Steve Boese Change, Innovation, Steve Boese

Earlier in the week here on FOT, Tim Sackett wrote about change and the tendency of people and organizations to resist change, particularly when they sense that making significant changes to a given practice or process requires a more fundamental shift in thinking and perhaps presents a threat to a status quo that they have invested in heavily. Tim argues, …

Who Knew There Was A Future HR Manager in Lord of the Flies?

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Relations, HR, Innovation, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert

‘And you shut up! Who are you, anyway? Sitting there – telling people what to do. You can’t hunt, you can’t sing – ’ ‘I’m chief. I was chosen.’ ‘Why should choosing make any difference? Just giving orders that don’t make any sense – ’ ‘Piggy’s got the conch.’ ‘That’s right – favour Piggy as you always do – ’ …

A Night at the Improv with HR…

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Business Development, Change, Driving Productivity, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Good HR, HR, Innovation, Paul Hebert, Performance

Wouldn’t it be nice to know that for once, things will be staying the same for a while? I think about business in prior decades – the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Most business folks could get up every day and know that things will be pretty much like they were yesterday (not counting the War years, of course.) Most …

A CEO Keeps It Real — Here’s Why We Should Love It

Josh Letourneau Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, Engagement and Satisfaction, Innovation, Joshua Letourneau

Last September, Stephen Elop, former Head of Business Development at Microsoft, was hired into Nokia as their new turnaround CEO. My guess is that he took the last few months to assess the true challenges he was looking at. They are steep, make no mistake. Apple changed the mobile game and now owns the high-end market, growing from 25% market …

Gainesville Loves Innovation

Steve Boese Innovation, SHRM, Steve Boese

Earlier in the week the FOT crew (well actually just Tim Sackett and I), took to publicly lamenting our respective SHRM 2011 Annual Conference presenter proposal rejections. While getting rejected is never fun (and if you believe Sackett, is an entirely foreign experience), from the carnage of said rejections, I noticed something really interesting in one of the comments on …

HR Plays Too Much Defense…

Paul Hebert Bad HR, Culture, Good HR, HR, Innovation, Paul Hebert, Seat at the Table, Sports

Since @timsackett and @steveboese and @kris_dunn use sports analogies to talk HR, I thought I’d try to slide in and sit at the cool kids’ table with my own little sports discussion. Defense is about not losing… What I mean by that is anecdotally I see HR as a function that “protects” the company.  From monitoring legal issues, making sure people fill …

Hey FOT, Get Me Promoted Already! (And What the Bleep is Social Capital?)

Josh Letourneau Career Paths, Influence, Innovation, Joshua Letourneau, Leadership, Recruiting, Social Network Analysis

Most FOT readers I’ve run into over the last few years are unique individuals – they like to be entertained, but look for some substance under the veil of snarkiness, skepticism, and comedy.  And in that substance, many dive for insights; insights that can help fine tune a current program or initiative … maybe even find a nugget or two …

Recognizing Failure vs. Acts of Learning

Paul Hebert Employee Relations, Innovation, Leadership, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance

There are sentences you read sometimes that just push you back in your chair.  You know what I’m talking about.  You see just the right combination of words that convey a thought so profound you not only marvel at the intelligence behind it but the beauty of the simplicity.  Words that, even though scant in number, ignite a firestorm of …

Looking for Diversity? Look for a Difference of Opinion Not Value.

Paul Hebert Culture, Diversity, Innovation, Paul Hebert

Today’s market place moves quickly.  Almost too quickly.  Making a living, making a profit requires individuals and companies to think fast and adjust course with cheetah-like speed.  Innovation is the “new normal.”  (I just needed to throw in the newest overused phrase to feel like a business hipster.) Innovation is a function of diversity.  Innovation almost always comes from an amalgam of …