Clowns, Who Needs ‘Em?

John Whitaker Audacious Ideas, John Whitaker, Uncategorized

It seems appropriate, given the disturbing “armed clown” craze, that my Halloween post be dedicated to others of the same ilk. If you haven’t referenced this particular storyline, here’s a quick summation: random guys with spare time & permission from their mother adorn creepy clown masks, grab a weapon of choice, and just lurk around the city. So if you …

The Resume Wasteland

John Whitaker Candidate Pool, John Whitaker, Recruiting, Resumes, Working With Recruiters

“Man looks in the abyss, there’s nothing staring back at him. At that moment, man finds his character. And that is what keeps him out of the abyss.”  Wall Street, 1987 “Candidate sends a resume into the abyss, there’s no response coming back to him. At that moment, candidate gets more frustrated. And that is what keeps candidates in the abyss.”  …

Drawing The Dotted Line

John Whitaker Bad HR, Current Affairs, John Whitaker

Showing my age here, but I can remember a time when The Big Chill was actually a movie considered by many to be an instant classic. Whatever your recollection of the movie may be, trust me when I tell you that most of the great quotes belong to Jeff Goldblum’s character, Michael. And one exchange in particular between Goldblum and “Sam” (Tom …

3 Parenting Lessons For a Career in HR

John Whitaker HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, John Whitaker, Leadership, Performance, Seat at the Table, The HR Profession, Training and Development

Here at FOT, we’re all about the children… you might even say that we believe that children are our future, so teach them well and let them lead the way. And as parents like you, we are constantly seeking ways to make sure our little apples are prepared for the day they fall from the tree. But how often do you roll out …

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 …

3 (More) Ways Recruiters Get a Bad Name

John Whitaker Recruiting

Recruiter inside voice: “You hear those papers shuffling in the background? That’s me frantically trying to find your resume, but in the mean time I’m going to seamlessly small talk until I remember who the hell you are.” Candidate inside voice: “Seriously? You called me yesterday, jack-wagon.” If you’re part of #FOTNation, chances are North of 100% that you have: Conducted …

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 …

Satisficing and Regularity

John Whitaker HR (& Life!) Advice, John Whitaker, Leadership

“Satisficing”… familiar with the term? I wasn’t, but then there’s Google. The term came up this week while discussing human behavior with a colleague. It’s a funny word that spell-check detests, but what does it mean, and why should you care? The definition is plainly descriptive: A decision-making strategy that aims for a satisfactory or adequate result, rather than the optimal solution. Why …