“Instant” Replay Is An Oxymoron

John Whitaker Bad HR

With all due respect to my Detroit friends, this one was worse… fourth down, two yards to go, three minutes left in the game, the Dallas Cowboys face a do-or-die situation. The decision to “go for it” is easy, the decision on “how” is not—this is what makes the NFL great: the time has come for the best athletes in …

Don’t Fall In Love

John Whitaker Retention

You’ve heard the meme before, “people don’t leave companies, they leave managers…” right? Sure you have, we all have—it’s repeated more times than you can count. Two things about that: Bullsh-t What about good managers? For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term “good manager,” let me explain. These are people who trust your abilities. They inspire you. You …

Like Carol From The Walking Dead, Even Great Leaders Mess Up Sometimes

Jason Pankow Bad HR, Communication, HR, Jason Pankow, Leadership, Pop Culture, Television

First of all, if you haven’t watched the season premier of The Walking Dead, come back to read this after. This is a talent blog, not a spoiler site. Now… imagine this purely hypothetical scenario: You work in an office with limited space. Everyone in the office relies on one another to get their work done. It’s pretty close quarters. …

Sometimes It’s About Perspective – Management at The Bottom

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Engagement, HR, Leadership, Paul Hebert

There as many ways to generate employee engagement as Carter has little liver pills. (Look it up. It’s a saying. An old one but nonetheless.) If you read the press and the blogs everything from humor to humidors can drive engagement, and there is probably a company-generated (but not peer-reviewed or validated) survey to accompany it to “prove” it is …

Why Leaders Can Take Vacations, Even Us Americans

Kathy Rapp Culture, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Performance, Retention, Travel, Vacation, Work Life Balance

It’s August. Europe is on holiday. I’m just back from a week+ vacation myself. While away, I came across this article explaining why Europeans are better at taking vacations than Americans.  This should not be news to anyone. In fact, I’d say most everyone is better at taking time off than those of us in the states. The article talks …

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 …

The Missing Ingredient with Failure: Leader Acceptance

Guest: David Van Rooy Audacious Ideas, Culture, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Leadership, Learning and Development

The idea that failure is a good thing has become a vogue topic of late. The hope that you can always “fail forward” or find growth from failure is both appealing and comforting. There are enough articles on this topic that it would be easy to jump to the false conclusion that failure is always good, so long as you …

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 …