The Long Con of Engagement

William Tincup Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Leadership, William Tincup

We’ve been lied to. We’ve been hoodwinked and bamboozled. We’ve been brainwashed to believe that employee engagement matters. Moreover, that it is our moral obligation to manufacture engaged employees. The simple truth is… engagement is a nice to have, NOT a need to have. The con unraveled. Work is work, play is play, work is NOT play, play is NOT …

William the Disgruntled

William Tincup Bad HR, Communication, Culture, Good HR, Influence, Leadership, Performance, Personal Brand, William Tincup

I haven’t posted on Fistful of Talent in a few weeks. Turns out, I’ve been in a funk lately. See, my boss – in this case, Kris Dunn, really pissed me off. Here’s the backstory… As most of you know, I’ve been contributing, ahem offending, the Fistful of Talent audience for about 2 years now. Recently, I wrote an article… …

The Lover – The Accomplice – and The Toilet Bowl

William Tincup Employee Communications, Interviewing, Onboarding, Outplacement, William Tincup

Let’s look at “the” relationship that a person has with our company over time… in particular, I’m interested in the psychotic (channeling Christopher Walken) relationship we have with our peoples. Shall we review…? (If yes, read on. If no, go directly to comment form and write something snarky.) In the recruiting process… as we are courting folks… we tell lies, …

The One Thang

William Tincup Engagement and Satisfaction, Metrics, Trench HR, William Tincup

Last week I was in Miami speaking at the 8th Annual HR Metrics Summit.  My session kicked off the event.  I was, of course, awesomesauce.  Well, that isn’t completely true.  I tried something different with this session.  Only 30 minutes of prep… I wanted to free flow the discussion.  Think: comedy improv meets HR conference.  Quite frankly, I wanted to …

Can Culture Be In The Cloud?

William Tincup Culture, William Tincup

I’m going to argue against myself here for a moment. Don’t be worried… but if you have “extra” medications… send them along. I’m a huge fan of the concepts behind the awards “Great Places to Work” and/or “Best Places to Work”. To work in an organization that focuses on above average compensation, above average benefits and above average work environment …

GOD is DOG Spelled Backward

William Tincup Audacious Ideas, Religion, William Tincup

This is a “what if” blog post. For the next 600 words/4 minutes, we’re going to suspend reality and imagine a different world, a different workplace and a different HR leadership environment. In particular, we’re going to imagine a world where religion was NOT taboo at work. Be it in the hiring practices, promotion pathways, terminating offenses, etc. Blank slate… …

Getting to NO…

William Tincup Conferences, William Tincup

On October 21st, 2011 I spoke at the HR Reinvention Experiment in Omaha, Nebraska.  Joe Gerstandt put together Ignite HR – 6 five minute presentations about HR but within the Ignite framework.  The Ignite HR session was the kickoff for the overall HR Reinvention Experiment unconference.  For those who have never heard of Ignite… here are the rules in a nutshell… …