Facts of (Work) Life: “Manager Pass-Through”

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kris Dunn, Workforce Management Articles

I wrote about the manager pass-through in 2011.  It’s an important fact of life in every organization, so I’m writing about it again today. Here’s the trick: Imagine you could film every manager in your organization trying to defend a strategy, action, change, etc. taken by the company to their team.  Would they own it or point to a higher power …

If You Want a Culture of Feedback, You Should Measure the Sensitivity of Those You Hire

Kris Dunn FOT Reads, Good HR, HR, Kris Dunn, Learning, Learning and Development

Feedback has never been on the menu for most of us, people. Here’s a taste of what I’m talking about from the aptly-named Tim Sackett Project: Here are the types of “critical” feedback people can handle: “You’re doing a good job, would love it if you could get that big project off the ground. That would really help us out!” …

Using Assessments in Your Recruiting/Talent Process for Good – Not Evil

Kris Dunn Assessments, Caliper, Kris Dunn

Do you use assessments in your company’s recruiting/talent platform?  If you’re like most of us on the HR/recruiting side, you probably fall into one of three camps related to assessments.  Check it out: 1–You love assessments.  You’re kind of an assessment geek/dork, and you’re unapologetic about the value you believe they can add to an already good recruiting/talent platform.  You’re …

Ask The Capitalist: How Do I Deal With Personal Reputation Sabotage on Glassdoor?

Kris Dunn Employee Coaching, Kris Dunn

Editor’s Note: Our Founder, Kris Dunn, has been doing his own thing at The HR Capitalist since 2007.  The “Ask The Capitalist” feature has been a staple of that blog, but we’re bringing it to FOT with a reputation sabotage question forwarded by one of KD’s readers. A reader asks… “I know it’s a big ask, but you are the …

Are You Brave Enough To Teach Leaders To Not Treat Everyone Equally?

Kris Dunn Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, Culture, FOT Reads, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Kris Dunn, Learning, Learning and Development

Leadership slang time, people. Let’s give you a term you can text your fellow HR/Talent pros in response to hearing that they’re stuck in a time-suck they shouldn’t be in. The term/acronym? NINA. “No Influence, No Authority.” NINA refers to people who really can’t get things done in an organization, and it’s position/situation specific. Consider the following: – Authority is downward sloping. People with …

Kohl’s/Amazon: Would You Do The Bidding For Someone Else’s Talent Brand If It Helped You Compete?

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Change, Good HR, Recruiting, Women, Women in the Workplace, Working With Recruiters

In case you missed it, Retail – at least of the normal variety – is on life support. We’re all to blame. That big sucking sound you hear? It’s the gravitational pull of Amazon, giving you two-day one-day delivery you didn’t even know you needed, but now expect. Amazon has a history of innovating, taking the long view of changing …

Degrees Measure Resilience In Employment… And That’s Why We Require Them.

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, College Recruiting, employee experience, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kris Dunn

Do you have to have a degree to get hired at your company? Maybe. Do you need a degree to be one of the best in any company? Hell no.  That’s probably why Ernst and Young and other have made decisions in the last few years to drop the degree requirement recently. Then why do we require degrees? I think …

Get KD’s New Book: THE 9 FACES OF HR

Kris Dunn Career Advice, Career Paths, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Generations, Good HR, HR

It’s true. I just launched a book and it is doing well. It’s called THE 9 FACES OF HR. If you like reading The HR Capitalist or Fistful of Talent, you’re going to like the book and you should check it out. Here’s the summary from Amazon for your consideration: “Popular blogger and CHRO Kris Dunn presents a hard, but compelling reality: every HR professional on …

Could Your Onboarding of New Hires Be More Like Steve Ballmer?

Kris Dunn Communication, Culture, Uncategorized

Onboarding of new hires is a tricky thing. Your company is running fast, and if you do anything to announce someone’s arrival at your company, you’re likely to do one (if you’re above average) or more (if you’re really purposeful about it) of the following things to make new hires feel welcome: 1–You send out an email announcing the new …

“I Am Not Uncertain” – Why Some Hidden Phrases Illustrate Your Culture To Perfection

Kris Dunn Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Employee Coaching

“I am not uncertain.” The phrase is a workplace culture feature from the Showtime series Billions. “I am not uncertain” is what employees of the hedge fund Axe Capital featured in Billions say to their boss, Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis), when they’ve got potentially incriminating inside information they are about to trade on and Axelrod asks them if they are …