The Pretender, Part II

John Whitaker Career Advice, Change, Change Management, Leadership, Managing People

For those of you who read Part 1 of this series, here’s hoping you’ve forgiven me for taking subtle shots at Dirty Dancing, mullets, and Democrats. But in my own defense, I’m an equal opportunity antagonist, so you can be sure to see future digs at Footloose, the GOP, and whatever hairstyle Curt Gowdy has adopted for the day. If you didn’t read Part …

THE HR FAMOUS PODCAST: e2 – McLovin: Workplace Dating and Hookups 

Kris Dunn Employee Relations, Employment Law, Leadership, Managing People, The HR Famous Podcast

NOTE FROM KD: Here’s a new podcast from me, Tim Sackett and Jessica Lee called “The HR Famous Podcast”. Take a listen and we’ll be back on a weekly basis. See player below (email subscribers click through if you don’t see it), and please hit iTunes, Spotify and Google Play to subscribe so you get notified whenever there’s a new show on …

Why do Great Managers Matter? A Statistical Lesson

Paul Hebert Influence, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Performance, Talent Management

My Bachelor degree is in statistics. Actually “Quantitative Business Analysis,” which is fancy for statistics. I loved the idea of using math to “predict” outcomes and prove hypotheses. My senior paper attempted to use a variety of statistical methods to predict the outcome of football games. I’m still not retired, so you can judge how well that analysis worked. Got …

Feeling Like A Pretender? (The New Leader)

John Whitaker Corporate America, Employee Development, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Onboarding

If you get things that you desire, there may be unforeseen and unpleasant consequences. Another way to say that, “Be careful what you wish for,” but Google reminded me that’s also the name of a cheesy Nick Jonas flick (redundant, I know.) Whatevs, the spirit of the comment is the same – anyone striving for advancement in their professional life is …

Management Fads Come and Go, But Here’s an Oldie You Should Get on Board With

John Hollon Change Management, Coaching, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, John Hollon, Leadership, Managing People, Uncategorized

Management fads come and go, but one thing never changes — the fact that that most management fads don’t seem to last. That’s why I was surprised when I saw this recent Wall Street Journal article touting “agile management” as the hot, new management trend. My doubt was fueled by the third paragraph of the Journal story that openly admitted …

Communicating Through Organizational Change

Kylie Quetell Change, Change Management, Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, employee experience, HR, Managing People, Organizational Development, Retention, Talent Management, The HR Profession, Training and Development

I recently delivered a presentation to my organization that will have a huge impact on the lives of our team members. I believe that the impact will be a very positive one. Regardless of this, change is change. Which is to say that change is hard. But why? Why is it so hard to have successful organizational change, and how …

Herding Cats…and Recruiters

John Whitaker John Whitaker, Managing People

Remember when you had a recruiting desk to manage? You had your requisitions, you had phone screens scheduled, interviews scheduled, you knew your hiring managers, and you developed a rhythm. Cashing checks and snapping necks. And then they went and promoted you. Now as the manager of other recruiters, you confirm what you probably suspected all along–recruiters are a wacky bunch …

Why I Am No Longer Saying “Culture”

Katie Augsburger Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, HR, HR & Marketing, Leadership, Managing People, Recruitment Marketing, Retention

About 15 years ago, I was sitting at an office dinner party, and the company president was giving an emotional speech about the importance of company culture. The speech was inspiring, revolutionary, and confusing. Confusing because I was unsure what he meant by culture. Did he mean the behaviors he would like to see in the organization? The camaraderie and …

The Hassle of Performance-Based Pay

Kylie Quetell Compensation/Cash Money, Hourly Hiring, Managing People, Metrics, Payroll, Performance, Performance Reviews, Policies, Training and Development

Are performance-based pay structures worth all of the hassle? It feels like the amount of effort that goes into these pay structures might not be worth the squeeze.  Typically performance-based pay requires the measurement of key performance indicators. That means that I’m paying someone to measure all of the “stuff.” That’s fine for me because as we know, you can’t …

How to be a Better LGBTQ+ Ally to Coworkers and Candidates

Guest: Julian Wyant candidate experience, Culture, Diversity, Employee Communications, Hiring Bias, HR, Managing People, Millenial Voice, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy

Being an ally is more than just partying at pride parades and wearing rainbow outfits. Sure, those are a great way to show your support–and have a good time–but being an ally means making your LGBTQ+ counterparts feel welcome no matter where they are. And the workplace is a great place to start. Creating an inclusive space at work is …