Like Carol From The Walking Dead, Even Great Leaders Mess Up Sometimes

Jason Pankow Bad HR, Communication, HR, Jason Pankow, Leadership, Pop Culture, Television

First of all, if you haven’t watched the season premier of The Walking Dead, come back to read this after. This is a talent blog, not a spoiler site. Now… imagine this purely hypothetical scenario: You work in an office with limited space. Everyone in the office relies on one another to get their work done. It’s pretty close quarters. …

Must-See TV! Is It Better For Employees to Watch The Walking Dead or Gotham?

Jason Pankow Audacious Ideas, Employee Relations, Hiring Bias, HR, Jason Pankow, Performance, Television

It’s that time of year, again.  The time when you can’t figure out what the heck you want to watch because there are so many new things on TV. As I sat programming my DVR, eating pork rinds and trying to remember what my toes look like, I began to wonder: What does it say about our employees when we examine the …

Unschooling? Does That Simply Mean UnJobbing?

Jason Pankow Candidate Pool, HR (& Life!) Advice, in the news, Jason Pankow, Job Market, Learning and Development, Uncategorized

Yesterday was a big day for me. It was my son’s very first day of school. First day of kindergarten, in fact. This isn’t little league, anymore. I’m not just making sure I find the right daycare where they will send him back home to me alive and fed. I’m not just sending him to preschool where he plays all …

Smoke ’em If You Got ’em! An Elected Official’s Run-In With HR.

Jason Pankow Employee Relations, HR, in the news, Jason Pankow, politics, Pop Culture

There’s a story kicking around my hood that I thought FOT readers might enjoy. You may have heard, during the 2012 election, the educated/enlightened/hipster voters of the great state of Washington, together with our progressive friends in Colorado, decided to de-criminalize marijuana. The feeling is that it’s not as harmful as other things we put in our bodies (tobacco, alcohol, …

The Recruiter Recharge Podcast E1: How To Hire A Great Recruiter

Kris Dunn HR, Jason Pankow, Kris Dunn, Recruiting

Editor’s Note – Welcome to the 1st episode of the Recruiter Recharge, a new podcast series we’re doing with the uber-pro team at Newton Software.  On today’s show we have Joel Passen, Co-Founder and Head of Sales/Marketing at Newton Software, and Jason Pankow, Staffing Program Manager at Microsoft and FOT blogger, on How To Hire A Great Recruiter. Joel and Jason …

Weird Al Writes the World’s Greatest Mission Statement

Jason Pankow Bad HR, Communication, Culture, HR, Jason Pankow, Pop Culture, Uncategorized

You may have seen the plethora of Weird Al videos invading your Facebook feed lately. You see, he currently has the #1 album in the country.  The video with the most visibility, at least in my circles, has been “Word Crimes.”  It’s especially important for us bloggers out there. However, another video, more important to us HR folks, IMHO, is “Mission …

Thought Leader = What, Exactly?

Jason Pankow Career Paths, Communication, Culture, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Jason Pankow, Leadership, Personal Brand

I have a new pet peeve. I occasionally get messages from HR people looking to network or looking for opportunities.  That’s cool.  We all do that.  No big whoop.  But, some of them are starting to get annoying. Hi Jason… this is So-and-So.  I am good friends with What’s-His-Face, whom you may know.  I am a Thought Leader in (name …

Interns and Why They’re Awesome

Jason Pankow College Recruiting, Innovation, Jason Pankow, Job Market, Recruiting, Talent Strategy

It’s summertime!  That means it’s time for college students around the country to decide if they are going to take that class trip to Mazatlán or head out into the real world to find themselves a summer internship. Our intern program is currently underway.  My company has a tremendous intern program that teaches while giving highly valuable practical experience.  We also …

What Do Successful People Do On Friday Afternoon?

Jason Pankow Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Jason Pankow

Happy Monday, Fistful of Talent clan! As you are starting your work week… grabbing that first weekly cup of coffee; looking back on a fun, sunny and event-filled weekend; and trying to fight off that annoying case of the Mondays… I would like to talk about something awesome! I would like to talk about Friday! Recently, 10 Things Successful People …

Working Parents—Be Glad You Don’t Have It As Bad As Gwyneth Paltrow

Jason Pankow Current Affairs, HR (& Life!) Advice, Jason Pankow, Pop Culture

Sad news in the world of pop culture. The greatest actress since Jenna Elfman has decided to take a break from acting. That’s right! Gwyneth Paltrow has decided to take a break from acting to focus on being a The moisture ve up and http://generaldrugstore.com/pain-medicine.html when with back makes center for. mom. Sounds respectable! I mean, if I were a …