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 …

Managing Your Recruiting Career, Is It Time For a Year of Yes?

Kelly Dingee Career Paths, Change, HR (& Life!) Advice, Kelly Dingee, Recruiting, Social Recruiting, Sourcing, Uncategorized

Seems like everyone is due for a year of yes.  Shonda Rimes had one and she’s ridiculously creative and successful.  Bethenny Frankel decided to come from A Place of Yes a few years back. I decided at the beginning of 2016 that it was time for me to have a year of yes.  Why? Let me backtrack for you.  2 1/2 …

Employee Engagement and 6-Second Abs

Paul Hebert Change, Change Management, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Paul Hebert

We (my family – not sure if I was part of the discussion) have been trying to get back (back?) in shape. So we started making the changes necessary to ensure we all end up on Family America Ninja Warrior. I mean we’re doing it all. We’ve read all the books. We set the environment up just perfectly to be in …

You’ll Know You Have True Employee Engagement When Your Employee Says This…

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert

Yeah—clickbait headline. But it worked right? But I do finish the sentence… You will know you have employee engagement when an employee at some level in the company says “no” to a promotion, job change, raise, etc., because it doesn’t benefit the company long-term. When that happens you know you have 100% employee engagement from that employee. Will that ever …

Me & Chuck Muncie

John Whitaker Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Talent Strategy

If the name “Chuck Muncie” means anything to you at all, it probably indicates one of two things: You’re old. You’re a passionate fan of the NFL and its history of characters. I have the advantage of being both. But that still isn’t the reason “Chuck” has a significant role in my professional history. Nope, for me, that name still resonates loudly …

Physics and HR – Turning Up The Heat

John Whitaker John Whitaker

Are we having fun yet? Or, have I exhausted your imagination with my metaphorical marathon? If you’re late to the party, here’s a brief recap: Newton’s Laws of Motion directly align with our responsibilities to “Move People” An object (employee) at rest will stay at rest. An object (employee) in motion will stay in motion in the same direction and …

HR Shouldn’t Use Big Data For The Company

Paul Hebert Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR Technology, Paul Hebert

I’ve gone on record a few times suggesting big data isn’t something many companies can use and use well. I don’t believe it is the panacea every consulting guru says it is. I DO believe there is a lot of value in mining the data available about employees for large organizations. I just don’t see the payoff for most small …

Corporate Freudian Psychoanalysis: Is That A Cigar or Are You Just Engaged?

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Change, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Innovation, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance

We’re going to a weird place today. And I know this is a simplistic analysis but go with it… it’ll be fun! Freud (Sigmund, the psychiatry guy, not the guys with tigers in Vegas. If you watch Big Brother you’ll get that – h/t to Liz and Julia – watch – you’ll LOL yourself) suggested that an individual’s personality was …