The other day I had a terrifying thought during an otherwise mundane moment: What if I’m mediocre? This is actually a huge fear of mine. Oddly, being bad at something doesn’t bother me – there are plenty of things I’ll never be good at and I’m really ok with that. My fear is that I’m […]
We all motivate others at some point in our careers. Our methodology gives us the power to spark creativity or, just as easily, hinder the individual and/or groups performance. Our goal should be to nurture the embers of dedication in an effort to spark the flame of creativity. Then, as that flame burns brightly, we should support it in the hope of creating an inferno of productivity.
On the way to school, my son asked me out of the blue, “Dad, if people aren’t good at their job, do they still get paid?” Having to always stay quick on my feet, I filtered my response to an appropriate, 9 year old level and said, “Yes they do, but if they aren’t good […]
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 […]
Culture. What is culture…really? Does your place of employment have a company culture? (Yes, it does..whether it is recognized or not.) Culture is, in my opinion and based upon my own understanding, is a set of norms defined by a group. It creates boundaries, standards, and expectations for individuals who participate within. But, there is one thing we often forget.
Companies spend thousands of dollars on consultants and subject matter experts in an attempt to define their company’s “culture”. They come up with mission statements, vision statements and elevator pitches, but forget to talk about their people and how they’re treated… how the company’s culture is ultimately determined by how they embrace all of the […]
Culture is not a thing, it’s action. Culture is not intention, it’s behavior. Culture cannot be delegated, it’s everyone. There’s a lot that goes into an organization’s culture, but the simplest operating definition I’ve come across is “culture is the way things get done around here.” Culture is a byproduct of behavior, so maybe we […]
When I was 4 years old I learned how to ride my bike without training wheels. As I would struggle to keep my balance, I was introduced to and reunited several times with the asphalt that made up our driveway. I still have the marks to prove it. When I would cut my legs, there […]
How often do you think about your employer brand? How often do you think about making sure your organization’s reputation attracts the best candidates?
We can’t fix things if we don’t know they are broken. We can’t improve if we don’t know where we are falling short. Want to find ways to be an even better HR department or leader? Just ask. It’s easier than you might think. Sure, sometimes it’s necessary to conduct massive surveys and crunch mountains […]
We have a guest writer, JoAnn Corley, who is conducting 2 Mega Sessions at SHRM National Conference Explosion June 29 – July 1st in Las Vegas. Check the conference app for complete scheduling. JoAnn has a new book out now “Brain on Fire – Unleashing Your Creative Superpowers” Get it here -> www.thehumansphere.com . Ever sat in […]
What is the first thing you do when you receive notice of a new position or are told of the pending departure of an employee? Do you go into overdrive thinking of all the things needed to recruit viable talent for a replacement? How many of us often overlook a talent pool that often hold hidden gems, vibrant and valuable thinkers, and a fountain of undiscovered superstars?
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 […]
Got a talent problem you’re trying to solve? Not a problem. A quick trip through the internet should provide an easy answer. Just look at all the blog and article titles: the one secret, five methods, seven new rules, and forty-three time-proven fundamentals… Insightful advice, mindless parroting, or click-bait marketing? (Hint: the answer is “yes”.) […]
I recently refined my HR view to primarily focus on the recruiting role. These are five things that I’ve found I should know to be a successful recruiter.