White People and Political Correctness

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Communication, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, in the news, Kris Dunn, Labor, Leadership, Learning, politics

The first thing I want you to know is that this post has nothing to do with with things you might expect based on the title.  Let me give you some examples of things this post is not about: —Ferguson, MO or any of the fallout from that situation (Are there any moderates in this situation I should be reading?) …

Don’t Bash The First Daughters – Another Lesson in Not Being Dumb On Social Media

Jason Pankow Culture, HR, in the news, Jason Pankow, Personal Brand, politics, Pop Culture, Social Media

If you’re reading this, I can assume a few things: You are super smart. You are very good looking. You are active in the social world. This is likely not the first time you have seen this argument.  And, I promise you it will not be the last.  Social media is here to stay.  And even those who try their …

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, …

RANT: Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down

Kris Dunn Bad HR, Employee Communications, HR, Kris Dunn, politics, Salary Caps

God, I like you people. You’re nice. You’re professional. You shop at Dillards, so you always look fresh and clean—which brings us to our first video featuring Andre 3000. (Email subscribers, click through, because there’s probably going to be a lot of videos in this one.) You’re winning. There’s just this one little problem. As talent pros, you’re stuck in a …

Is Mary Barra Loyal, Crazy, Naive or Just Too Late?

RJ Morris Employee Relations, Leadership, politics, Pop Culture, RJ Morris, Uncategorized

I was thirteen years old when Oliver North got busted in the Iran-Contra Affair in 1986. The young kids in the audience probably only know Ollie as a conservative media guy, appearing on Hannity regularly. I first heard of North when President Reagan held a press conference to say that he had just fired him. Having the leader of the free …

Don’t Call Me HR

RJ Morris Communication, Influence, Leadership, politics, RJ Morris, Uncategorized

I have never been good at the public confrontation that sometimes exists in the business world. Corporate politics, power struggles, back-stabbing, blaming—I hate most of that. I’m a lover, not a fighter, folks. What do I love, however? I enjoy watching those awkward moments when someone tries an office power play and fails. The uncomfortable awesomeness of one person trying …

Game of Thrones and Lincoln: Moderates Make the Best Leaders. (Spoiler Alert)

Kris Dunn Games, Kris Dunn, Leadership, politics, Profiles

Here’s one reality that bears remembering as we walk our path in today’s workplace: Being a bit disruptive is interesting.  Being extreme, especially most/all the time, is a death wish. Case in point–let’s look at Lincoln and Game of Thrones for fodder. I’m reading Team of Rivals in all my spare time, which illustrates the rise of Abraham Lincoln to …

Are Job Titles Participation Trophies for Grown Ups?

Paul Hebert Compensation/Cash Money, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Millenial Voice, Paul Hebert, Policies, politics

I’m not a big fan of generalizing generations and playing into a faux “millennial” industrial complex, making money convincing everyone that we need to reinvent the world because the millennials have arrived. In fact this member of “Generation Jones” is the one who sets up the tech in our house, knows how the network operates, gets the printer to work …

Don’t Be The South African Sign Language Guy

Jason Pankow Bad HR, Current Affairs, Jason Pankow, politics

I’ve been getting a kick out of this news story of the sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s funeral.  In case you missed it, on stage at the memorial, standing next to world leaders such as our own President Obama, was a sign language interpreter relaying the messages of love and inspiration being given about one of the world’s most …

Condi Rice…Breaking Another Glass Ceiling That Shouldn’t Exist

Jason Pankow Current Affairs, Diversity, EEO, HR & Sports, Jason Pankow, politics

Before I begin my rant this morning, I should print a disclaimer.  My alma mater does not have a football team.  We have an awesome basketball team that seems to love being eliminated in the 2nd round of the tournament (I’m not bitter), but we don’t have football.  My stance on college football is that I will root for the team …