Why do Great Managers Matter? A Statistical Lesson

Paul Hebert Influence, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Performance, Talent Management

My Bachelor degree is in statistics. Actually “Quantitative Business Analysis,” which is fancy for statistics. I loved the idea of using math to “predict” outcomes and prove hypotheses. My senior paper attempted to use a variety of statistical methods to predict the outcome of football games. I’m still not retired, so you can judge how well that analysis worked. Got …

Would You Be Happy With No HR?

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Change, HR

Today, if twitter is to be believed, (and there are many whom attribute gospel-like reverence to it) HR is focused on talent, technology and turnover. Throw in an employee experience or two and you’ve got the top 5 “issues” HR needs to address. I have orbited HR for over 15 years, and if I step into the wayback machine, 15 …

Artifacts of Culture or “What’s in the BOX!”

Paul Hebert Culture, Diversity, employee experience, Employment Branding and Culture, Uncategorized

Company culture.   The go-to excuse or ultimate reason for everything good or bad that happens at a company. It’s never the people – it’s the culture.   It enables idiots and sinners.  It encourages geniuses and visionaries.   It is what makes each company different and unique. It’s also what everyone shares, making us the same.   It is the ultimate paradox. It is both good and bad. It is common while still being individual. It allows you to mold it while …

Should We Retire the Term “Full-Time” Position?

Paul Hebert Employee Development, Employee Engagement, HR, Uncategorized

As I survey the employee/employer relationship landscape, I really never see a great story. Oh, sure, there are good “anecdotes” here and there of some company (typically privately held, startup-mentality, uber-cool) doing something unique and interesting enough to get into INC and Forbes. These stories are the bloody chum consultants tweet, retweet, post and build models around (until the next …

What Happens When What You Know Ain’t So?

Paul Hebert Change, Change Management, Paul Hebert, Uncategorized

How often do you challenge your assumptions? You know, those things that form the bedrock of your opinions, beliefs and decision making. Do you ever ask yourself if what you think you know, is really so? You should. My experience has been that many poor decisions and failed concepts can be traced back to believing some key fact or piece …

It’s Okay for You to Fail

Paul Hebert Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Learning and Development, Managing People, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Talent Management, Training and Development, Workforce Management Articles

It’s time to discuss improving employee engagement. Or is it employee experience? Who knows anymore? All I know is we continue to work our butts off to find that secret sauce that will ensure employees connect with the company and pledge their eternal soul to you in HR, the department they work in, and the organization as a whole–yet nothing …

Are You Useful? The Ultimate Management Question.

Paul Hebert Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR

I started today’s post with the idea to riff on JTBD (that’s “jobs to be done” for those in Rio Linda), a point of view pioneered by Harvard business professor Clayton Christensen. JTBD is the idea that people don’t buy what you sell–they hire out a job to achieve an objective. Approaching your business in this way opens up additional …