Succession Planning Case Studies: GM Solid, Microsoft Sucky

RJ Morris Bad HR, Good HR, Leadership, Pop Culture, Recruiting, RJ Morris, Succession Planning, Uncategorized

An HR nerd like me sees news from the business world dealing with hiring, succession and promotional decisions as fascinating. Big public companies allow you a peek into how decisions are made and how good or how bad they are in these key areas. Last week, Dan Akerson, the current CEO of GM, decided he wanted to accelerate his retirement …

WEBINAR: Do You Build Your Company Around People Who Can “Fake it Until They Make It”?

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, HR, Succession Planning, T+D, Webinar

CLICHE ALERT:  Stop me when you’ve heard these before… “We really are looking to hire smart people…” “Smart people figure things out….” “Smart people aren’t afraid of change..” Blah, blah, blah… The problem with all that?  The definition of smart people. Most people think that being smart is about IQ, most often demonstrated by academic achievement. If you’re trying to …

Ending the Fiction of Lifetime Employment

Steve Gifford Audacious Ideas, Books, Career Paths, Change, Culture, Giving Notice, Personal Brand, Retention, Steve Gifford, Succession Planning

You probably aren’t working in the last job you’ll ever have.  Heck, there’s a good chance you’re not even in the single digits of employers before you retire.  So, why do we pretend that we are? That’s the interesting issue that is posed in this month’s Harvard Business Review, entitled Tours of Duty: The New Employer-Employee Contract.  The authors lay …

The Next Big Thing In HR

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Career Paths, Change, Coaching, Giving Notice, Good HR, Hiring Managers, HR, Influence, Leadership, Organizational Development, Performance, Retention, SHRM, Succession Planning, Tim Sackett, Trench HR, War for Talent

The next big thing in HR is also the #1 thing HR sucks in.  Whether you’re feeling it or not in your organization, hiring is coming back.  That means slowly but surely the economy is getting better.  That means slowly but surely you’re going to have people retiring.  All those Baby Boomers that held on an extra 2, 3, 4 …

The Changing of the Guard: Gen Y wants a job, just not that one!

Steve Gifford Candidate Pool, Career Paths, Organizational Development, Recruiting, Steve Gifford, Succession Planning

Good news, Gen Yers — that moment we’ve been waiting for is coming! At my last job, I replaced a retiring 42-year employee.  In the last two weeks, I’ve interviewed for two additional jobs opened up by employee retirements — one of them had been with that agency 33 years. Thirty-three years.  That’s right, on her first day of work, …

Daddy, where do CEO’s come from?

Steve Gifford Candidate Pool, Career Paths, Employee Coaching, Employment Branding and Culture, Executive Search, Insourcing, Leadership, Seat at the Table, Steve Gifford, Succession Planning

Not HR, sweetie.  They don’t come from HR. Today’s posting is of the “food for thought” variety, rather than a checklist of ways to up your talent game.  I have no clear answers.  What I do know from observing outside and inside is that there are certain career paths in our companies that can lead to the corner office.  Ours …

As You Go

William Tincup Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Change, Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Giving Notice, Good HR, Onboarding, Outplacement, Recruiting, Relocation, Retention, Succession Planning, Training and Development, William Tincup

One of the biggest failures of the “candidate experience” dialogue is that the main point is usually lost on folks… treat people humanely. Process, products and/or people will not solve the “problem” if your core values are dark and/or meaningless. Hello, my name is Lipstick on a Pig, have we met? Don't get me wrong. I think it’s good for …

The HR Olympics

Tim Sackett Benefits, Compensation/Cash Money, Conferences, Culture, Diversity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Games, Good HR, Harassment, Hiring Managers, HR, Innovation, Making Offers, Metrics, Onboarding, Organizational Development, Recruiting, SHRM, Sourcing, Succession Planning, T+D, Tim Sackett

Oh, I got me some Olympic Fever!  The Summer Olympics are the best – it’s like NCAA Tournament time but with sports we only care about once every four years!  This Summer Olympics I’m even more invested than usual because we have a local athlete from our hometown of DeWitt, MI, Gymnast Jordyn Weiber, competing, so I expect I’ll be …

How To Tell if Your Performance Review Is Shot to Hell (Image and Webinar)

Kris Dunn Kris Dunn, Performance, Succession Planning

OK – I promised you an image up front, so here it is.   Take a look and we’ll discuss after the jump: Here’s what the image means.  If this image can’t be the end result of your performance review process, you’ve likely over-engineered what you’re doing with performance management. The image itself is pretty basic.  It’s the classic 9-box …

Succession Hiring, Average Managers and Lazy Men Playing Tennis

RJ Morris Hiring Managers, Recruiting, RJ Morris, Succession Planning, Uncategorized

On a recent visit to the park near my house, I saw four guys playing tennis at the courts next to the playground.  “Good for them,” I thought to myself.  “Early Saturday morning, and those guys are out to work up a good sweat.”  I, on the other hand, was sitting on a bench, pounding a venti latte, watching my kids play and planning …