Confused About Who’s Engaged? Try This Handy Engagement Test to Sort It All Out…

Kris Dunn Engagement and Satisfaction, Kris Dunn

My posts a few years back regarding the concept of engagement and subsequent research on the topic clarified a couple of things to me. -First, trying to get everyone to agree on a definition of engagement is harder than trying to arrange a blind date. -Second, my take on the best way to have an engaged workforce is to a) ensure …

This Is A Call – Will the Workplace Moderates Please Stand Up? (5 Types of Extremists That Kill Your Company)

Kris Dunn Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Kris Dunn, Performance

This is a political rant – for about 10 seconds – then it’s going to become a workplace rant. I watched pieces of the GOP and the DNC conventions, and one word came to mind – #bullies. If you want airtime in the political process, you have to be at the extreme.  Extreme democrats are called socialists by the GOP. …

Using Assessments in Your Recruiting/Talent Process for Good – Not Evil

Kris Dunn Assessments, Caliper, Kris Dunn

Do you use assessments in your company’s recruiting/talent platform?  If you’re like most of us on the HR/recruiting side, you probably fall into one of three camps related to assessments.  Check it out: 1–You love assessments.  You’re kind of an assessment geek/dork, and you’re unapologetic about the value you believe they can add to an already good recruiting/talent platform.  You’re …

Slinging Crack Rock: Why Most Stock Options Suck…

Kris Dunn Compensation/Cash Money, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kris Dunn, Payroll, Policies

“Notorious B.I.G. said it best: ‘Either you’re slinging crack rock, or you got a wicked jump shot.’ Nobody wants to work for it anymore. There’s no honor in taking the after-school job at Mickey D’s. Honor’s in the dollar, kid. So I went the white boy way of slinging crack rock. I became a stock broker.” —Seth Davis in Boiler Room In …

Ask The Capitalist: How Do I Deal With Personal Reputation Sabotage on Glassdoor?

Kris Dunn Employee Coaching, Kris Dunn

Editor’s Note: Our Founder, Kris Dunn, has been doing his own thing at The HR Capitalist since 2007.  The “Ask The Capitalist” feature has been a staple of that blog, but we’re bringing it to FOT with a reputation sabotage question forwarded by one of KD’s readers. A reader asks… “I know it’s a big ask, but you are the …

Are You Brave Enough To Teach Leaders To Not Treat Everyone Equally?

Kris Dunn Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, Culture, FOT Reads, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Kris Dunn, Learning, Learning and Development

Leadership slang time, people. Let’s give you a term you can text your fellow HR/Talent pros in response to hearing that they’re stuck in a time-suck they shouldn’t be in. The term/acronym? NINA. “No Influence, No Authority.” NINA refers to people who really can’t get things done in an organization, and it’s position/situation specific. Consider the following: – Authority is downward sloping. People with …

Developing Your Team: Three Types of People (And Why You’re The Problem)

Kris Dunn Coaching, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Influence, Kris Dunn, Performance

Note – Was in Boston this week training a great group of managers in Coaching Skills from our Boss Leadership Series, and this topic came up.  So I tracked down this past post and am republishing for those 21 managers.  Enjoy team and good luck back at your location! You wish your team would accept greater responsibility. Why don’t they …

Hiring Former Athletes as a Recruiting Strategy – Genius or a Cop-Out?

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Kris Dunn, Profiles, Recruiting

Was with an SVP of a pretty cool company a couple of months back and he lamented what he considers to be a broken recruiting strategy – hiring former jocks for sales positions.  He considered the approach broken due to the track record of the “usual suspects” his company hired for AE spots – former jocks – but outlined that …

Degrees Measure Resilience In Employment… And That’s Why We Require Them.

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, College Recruiting, employee experience, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kris Dunn

Do you have to have a degree to get hired at your company? Maybe. Do you need a degree to be one of the best in any company? Hell no.  That’s probably why Ernst and Young and other have made decisions in the last few years to drop the degree requirement recently. Then why do we require degrees? I think …

What Does It Mean When You Send Me Emails Over a Long Holiday Weekend?

Kris Dunn Career Advice, Communication, Culture, Email, Holidays, Kris Dunn, Vacation

It’s Friday, July 5th, so that can mean only one thing–a large percentage of people in America are taking the day off, or are at work enjoying the silence that comes with an American Holiday falling on Tuesday or Thursday. American holidays on Tuesdays and Thursdays correlate to opportunities to create 4 day weekends by taking Monday or Friday off …