Are You Experienced? 3 People You Need to Meet

John Whitaker Communication, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, John Whitaker

Funny how it works, but as I get older, I realize that yes, Virginia, experience does count. But not, necessarily, in the traditional definition of experience, i.e. “tenure.” Let’s face it, there are people who have 20+ years of experience that equate to very little outside of the company for whom they work. But, there are others, who just by …

Lead-footed Leadership

John Whitaker John Whitaker, Leadership

Waaaaaaay back in the 1990s, before Tom Cruise lost his mind, he was in a little flick called Top Gun.  Ever heard of it? One of the iconic memes to come out of the movie was when “Mav” and “Goose” would exclaim “I feel the need, the need for speed!” Good times… (Okay Tom, back to Xenu, we’ll carry on without you…) “THE NEED …

Promises, Promises…

John Whitaker Bad HR, Change Management

“Medals are rarely awarded during times of peace.” – Price Pritchett You’ve been drafted, HR. Your company is being acquired, and you are needed (even if not asked) to make the transition a success. Time to trice up, mill about smartly, and fulfill your promises. “What promises?” you ask? In times of merger chaos, every leader in the company has a responsibility …

The Essential “Me”

John Whitaker Change Management, John Whitaker

Survival is a powerful instinct. In the back of our minds, we’re always counting the seats available on the lifeboat. It’s a primal reaction you’ll witness whenever an acquisition is announced. The scrambling begins, and it’s downright embarrassing at times… but it’s also distinctly human. Politicking, rumor-mongering, turf wars, alliances—we can mask our emotions pretty well, but it’s our actions …

Subtle Signals of Disengagement – The “Out of Office” Email…

Paul Hebert Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, HR (& Life!) Advice, Paul Hebert, Work Life Balance

Is there anything more self-serving and ridiculous than an “out of office” email reply? You send a message to someone and within two seconds a message hits your inbox that says something along the lines of… “I am out of the office with limited access to email.  If your message is important please contact May Jo Doesn’tCareAboutYourProblem in the Department …

Abercrombie & Fitch – Tough “Situation” – Buh-bye Jersey Shore

Paul Hebert Bad HR, Culture, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert, Performance

A&F gots no love for the “Situation” – or pretty much anyone on the show “Jersey Shore.” FTR – I have never watched – and do not ever plan to watch “Jersey Shore” – unless, of course, it is part of some sort of “A Clockwork Orange” behavioral modification program.  But…I do peruse the interwebs and watch “The Soup” on …