The 5 Qualities Needed to Be a Really Great Manager

John Hollon Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Performance, Retention, Talent Management, Training and Development, Workforce Management Articles

I’ve had a lot of jobs so I’ve worked for a lot of different managers — the good, the bad, and the really ugly. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from all of them, it’s this: it’s rare when you find one that you would really want to work for again. In fact, when I try to count the good …

Know Your Why–Gut Decisions and Your Career

Kelly Dingee Career Advice, Career Paths, Coaching, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, HR, Kelly Dingee, Learning, Learning and Development, Managing People, Office Politics, Organizational Development, Talent Management, The HR Profession, Training and Development

I feel like I should dedicate this post to PFP, a local gym my youngest daughter attends. My youngest has scoliosis, and in addition to being braced for a number of years by a phenomenal Orthotist, she’s been working out with a trainer to have an amazingly strong core. The best news–the workouts at PFP have been pivotal in reducing …

Wag The Dog in HR

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Paul Hebert

As I think back on my career and recall the times I had the best work experiences—where I was connected and engaged the most—it almost always involved a crisis or a pressure-filled project. I can vividly remember working on a big Chrysler account or a huge GM Parts incentive program. We worked 24/7 for weeks. In one case, we slept …

I Love Amazon, But It’s Scary Thinking They’re The Most Effectively Managed U.S. Company

John Hollon in the news, John Hollon

If you read a lot of business coverage, you know this to be true: The last thing we need is yet another list touting the “best” companies. As my PR friend Robin Hardman points out, “Each year you see them — shouting from business journals, websites, magazine covers… “Best Companies to Work For” lists are everywhere: there are local and regional …

Our Companies Are Sick. #1 Advice on How to Get Well? Fire.Them.All.

Paul Hebert Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Managing People, Paul Hebert, Performance Reviews

Bad management is a chronic corporate illness. And it’s an epidemic. Bad management reproduces quickly in today’s world because in many cases (especially in public companies) performance is measured on a quarter to quarter basis and some of the fastest ways to achieve short-term goals is through fear and intimidation. And managers who use those arcane techniques are the people …

New Generations Are Spawning! Birth of the Nano-Generation

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Culture, Employee Engagement, Generations, HR, Lance Haun, Paul Hebert

Just when we thought the hype about millennials might die down to a dull roar so we could get back to treating people like, well, people, some consultant needed to make another yacht payment and created a “new” generational cohort. One they could ride for a couple more years until they create something new for corporate HR to feel stupid …

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HR Bedside Manner

John Whitaker Communication, John Whitaker

“Tell me the truth, Doc… how long do I have?” Have you ever been under the knife? Consider your state of mind when you feel especially vulnerable. Not only are you subjected to physical exposure via hospital gown ass-flap, your mental state reminds you that everything can change—you are figuratively and emotional exposed. Being at the mercy of others can …

Weird Science in Talent Management

John Whitaker John Whitaker, Science, Talent Management

It’s been a long time since I reached down into my bag of Physics metaphors, but like a bad penny or that weird dream about donuts and a water slide, a recurring set of principles continues to populate my mind. This time, the thanks goes to 6th grade Science homework – don’t make fun, it was actually quite difficult. For me, …

Getting Rid of Managers Is a Bad Idea That Just Keeps Getting Worse

John Hollon John Hollon, Organizational Development

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Business fads predicated on eliminating managers are a bad idea. I know, I know — Zappos has generated a lot of media attention for embracing “holocracy” and getting rid of managers, and others have tried it too, but with the exception of W.L. Gore, the maker of Gore-Tex, virtually nobody has had much success …

“Inter-” VS “Intra-” Employee Engagement

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Culture, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Paul Hebert

I remember back in grade school when I learned the difference between “intra” and “inter.” For those that didn’t have Ms. Mangione for 3rd grade, the difference is this: Intra: on the inside; within Inter: existing between I use the mnemonic of the Eisenhower “interstate” highway system which connected all the various states. Interstate meant that the highways went outside …