O.P.P., how can I explain it I’ll take you frame by frame it To have you all jumpin’ shall we singin’ it O is for Other, P is for People scratch ya temple The last P…well…that’s not that simple It’s sorta like another way to call something an issue Employees come in start talking need…

After graduating college, my first real professional experience was in a nationwide retail-clothing store. Having worked there part-time during school, I was afforded the opportunity upon graduation to become a manager in the home store of our District Manager (DM). As an hourly associate I had heard the horror stories about the DM but I…

After a year hiatus, it’s time to get back in shape and I’ve started going to the gym again. The other day my daughter asked me about the exercise journal I use: “So, does everyone at the gym carry a clip board?” The short answer was, “No.” and her question got me thinking about how…

It is no secret that today’s Human Resources, or Human Capital, industry made its way onto the scene as The Personnel Department. In a time long before sophisticated networks housed human resources information systems, when employee information was maintained on 3×5 index cards in a file cabinet down the hall, we were signing and cutting…

Chazz Palminteri wrote the wonderful screenplay, a favorite of mine, A Bronx Tale. It was directed by and starred one of the greatest actors of our time, Robert De Niro. The film is set in the 1960s and chronicles several life events of a young boy, Cologero, who is faced with the choice of listening to the advice his bus…

“Talent”  & “Talent Management” These are the latest overused industry buzzwords…but what do they mean? I had a supervisor who claimed she was “managing talent” and insisted I take numerous courses on timekeeping, accounting, and finance even though it was obvious I had no aptitude whatsoever with numbers or money. The result? Thousands of dollars were spent in an attempt…

During my college years, friends of mine that were on the football team would often share with me hilarious stories from the head coach and things he would say during practices. If a player wasn’t receiving any playing time and they were brave enough to ask the coach why, he would respond with “You just don’t…

I met with a client the other day who was telling me about one of his favorite employees. Words like high performer, rockstar, favorite and value-added team member were used generously by this man – I could have pulled ten or so sound-bites regarding engagement and performance out of his monologue. I’m known for being…

Who doesn’t love combining work they love, being surrounded by smart people and getting to consume food they enjoy? If you happen to be doing this in the great state of Louisiana you also get to say things like acadiana, andouille, bayou, beignet, Cajun, crawfish, lagniappe, muffaletta, nutria, Parish, praline (pronounced “praw – leen”), and…

My mother died in 1991; I was 21 years old and, for all intents and purposes, I should have no longer needed my mother. The problem was, I had been a schmuck of a kid, a wench as a teenager and an arrogant young adult. I offer those depressing nuggets to suggest to you that my mind was not open for her…

Training today doesn’t look like it did years ago. The tools, technology, and research help us to deliver better, more engaging development experiences. Today we’re going to take a look at four critical weaknesses of traditional training programs. You might recognize some of your own organization’s training practices, so take some time to consider if…