Being Smart Isn’t a Job Description

Paul Hebert Driving Productivity, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance

It’s the Friday before a holiday and you don’t really want to read another tome on employee engagement, do you? You want something light, fluffy, yet tasty and worth the effort. Let’s see if I can serve that up for you. Wicked Smaht We love smart people. We love to listen to them. We love to sit with them and …

Beware of You—”Wait and Do” (Part 2 of 4)

John Whitaker Business Development, Change, Influence, Innovation, John Whitaker

The first installment was fairly remarkable if I do say so m’self. This post? Wow, are you in for a treat—I’ve got taglines. One of my favorite concepts from Dr. Pritchett’s Hacking Uncertainty is the directive to “Open Yourself to Uncertainty;” that’s a fairly broad statement to assist you in your goal of becoming more tolerant of ambiguity… but what does it mean? …

Get Out Of The Cave

Dan Carusi Change, Culture, Dan Carusi, Organizational Development

It’s Friday night at the Carusi house, so that can only mean one thing – family movie night!  My kids decided to pick the movie, The Croods. Clearly, I failed at my attempts to talk them into another inspirational movie. Our last movie, Invincible, the story of Vince Papale, was too much for them to handle – especially since I …

The Middle Ball

John Whitaker Change, John Whitaker

My Dad had a bitchin’ office. Realize this is coming from the perspective of a 9-year old who still considered Batman figurines “cool,” but I’m going to say my opinion holds up. He had a computer (this was 1970’s technology, so it was the size of a small car), a speaker phone that looked exactly like the one from Charlie’s Angels, …

What Sustains You?

Paul Hebert Business Development, Change, Culture, Diversity, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert

We see the word sustainability a lot today.  Mostly focused on environmental issues but I’m seeing it more and more being played out as a “human” issue – meaning what we do to “sustain” ourselves. But I think we can confuse sustainability with the idea of “static.” The definition on the Wikipedia page is a great way to view sustainability: …

Relative HR Progress

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Good HR, Innovation, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance, Policies, Star Wars, Training and Development

We humans have a tendency to see things in absolutes. It took Einstein to clue us in on the issue of time relativity and even that still leaves many of us scratching our heads.  (Tell me again how the speed of light has anything to do with how fast two people age?) We like to see things in black and …

What is a Baller?

Paul Hebert Career Paths, Communication, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Paul Hebert, Performance, Work Life Balance

If you hang around the FOT water cooler enough you’re bound to run into a few sports terms now and then.  Baller is one of those.  Originally used to reference a street basketball player who makes it big and goes pro now it is used to reference just about anyone who is extremely proficient at the game – whether business …

A CEO Keeps It Real — Here’s Why We Should Love It

Josh Letourneau Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, Engagement and Satisfaction, Innovation, Joshua Letourneau

Last September, Stephen Elop, former Head of Business Development at Microsoft, was hired into Nokia as their new turnaround CEO. My guess is that he took the last few months to assess the true challenges he was looking at. They are steep, make no mistake. Apple changed the mobile game and now owns the high-end market, growing from 25% market …

HR Technology… Waste Not Want Not

William Tincup William Tincup

So, you’ve got managers who aren’t completing performance reviews of their staff in a timely fashion. Or maybe it’s new hires taking forever to complete their required paperwork.  Or perhaps you need something more robust to manage candidate pipelines. You’ve got 99 problems… and if a computer can compete on Jeopardy, surely there’s an HR technology solution to fix your …