Curve Your Enthusiasm

John Whitaker Culture, Current Affairs, John Whitaker

Marissa Mayer eats employee angst for breakfast. Just when you thought corporate malaise might creep back into the annual performance-review process, Marissa kicks it right in the ‘nards. The rather transparent and well known “secret” in most corporations is that the “Bell Curve” is alive and well, albeit not publicized. In most cases, the “curve” is used in determining compensation distribution, …

Shut Up…You’ll Thank Me.

John Whitaker Communication

“Never miss a good opportunity to shut up.” – Judge Roy Bean If you don’t know Michael Keaton’s fine performance as Billy Blazowski, do yourself a favor: stop reading, watch Night Shift, and then we can talk. Specifically, look for a scene where “Billy Blaze” listens to a recorded message over & over (courtesy Henry Winkler) reminding him to “SHUT UP.” Now, that …

Keep Your Pants On…

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

Anthony, Anthony, Anthony….you twit. Your entire life, you work to achieve a position of stature and influence, overcoming what had to be a tough playground experience as a child, only to betray yourself in the most ironic of ways considering your surname. TWICE. Weiner is certainly not the first powerful man to succumb to the temptations of the flesh -hell, even now he’s sharing the spotlight …

With Friends Like Me…

John Whitaker Employee Relations, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, John Whitaker

“Always drink upstream from the herd.” – Will Rogers One of the lesser-known pitfalls for an HR professional working as a Business Partner is one not normally mentioned when the topic of “HR Competencies” is discussed. At least in a corporate HRBP role, you can actually run into the complication of being too damn friendly. Truthfully, it can be a …

Roadkill

John Whitaker Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, John Whitaker, Leadership

…that’s what you find in the middle of the road. Too indecisive, too slow, and eventually too flat. Jim Hightower, former Texas Railroad Commissioner & lifetime rabble-rouser, is the owner of the quote, “The middle of the road is for yellow lines and dead armadillos.” Filed at the top of the “Wish I Said That First” list, I’ve used this …