Don’t Be The South African Sign Language Guy

Jason Pankow Bad HR, Current Affairs, Jason Pankow, politics

I’ve been getting a kick out of this news story of the sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s funeral.  In case you missed it, on stage at the memorial, standing next to world leaders such as our own President Obama, was a sign language interpreter relaying the messages of love and inspiration being given about one of the world’s most …

Marriage Advice from Two Narcissistic HR Bloggers

Laurie Ruettimann Audacious Ideas, Laurie Ruettimann, Tim Sackett

It’s the end of the year, and I want to acknowledge one major event in 2013: The Supreme Court struck down parts of DOMA! Currently, 15 American states recognized marriage equality: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia. And the rest …

Dear HR Pro: Please Don’t Kill Innovation. Thank You.

Andy Porter Andy Porter, Good HR, Organizational Development

Thought that title would get your attention! Believe it or not, this isn’t going to be an HR-bashing post. The lifeblood of an organization is going to lie in its ability to continually innovate and adapt to a rapidly changing environment, and I happen to think HR plays a key rule in making this happen. Innovation requires smart, motivated people, …

‘Tis The Season To Be Learning

Dan Carusi Business Development, Candidate Pool, Coaching, Communication, Dan Carusi, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Relations, Influence, Leadership, Learning and Development

Image this scenario: You are sitting at home enjoying some quiet time right before the holidays. Perhaps you are wrapping gifts, baking some cookies or taking a nap. Then the silence is shattered by the ring of the doorbell.  You slowly open the door and crashing in comes your family, dogs, luggage, gifts, and lots of noise as they arrive …

3 Things HR Looks For In An Employee

Tim Sackett 60-Second SPHR, Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Candidate Pool, Culture, Diversity, EEO, Employment Law, Good HR, Hiring Bias, Interviewing, Profiles, Recruiting, Talent Strategy, Tim Sackett

Have you guys seen all of the selection tools that are out nowadays? It’s crazy.  You can select employees based on almost any personality trait, level of intelligence or emotional intelligence, physical ability, etc. Basically, you decide what you want, and someone, somewhere has already developed that tool.  It’s a great time to be in HR and Talent Acquisition! Here’s …

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 …