John Hollon

John Hollon is Vice President for Editorial of TLNT.com, and the former Editor of Workforce Management magazine and workforce.com. An award-winning journalist, John has written extensively about HR, talent management, leadership, and smart business practices. Contact him at john@tlnt.com, and follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/johnhollon.

Articles by John Hollon

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Arguing With the Boss – and Living to Tell About It

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Take it from me: Fighting with the boss is not a career enhancing experience.

I know this because I have worked for a lot of different bosses over the course of my career, and I have done my share of fighting with many of them.

Yes, I’ve battled at some point with just about every person I have ever worked for, but these arguments really break down into two distinctive categories: Read more…

Classic TLNT

The Most Important Conversation? It’s Sure Not the Performance Review

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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

It’s a lesson I learned while I was working toward an MBA: the most powerful business lessons aren’t the stories of success, but the stories of failure.

Yes, as good as it is to hear about Herb Kelleher and how he built the great workforce culture at Southwest Airlines, I got a lot more out of studying “Chainsaw” Al Dunlap and all the bad stuff he did while systematically tearing down companies (like Sunbeam) and their culture.

This is also true of business wisdom; I always learn a lot more from the bad advice I see popping up from so many so-called experts who have curious notions about what really matters when it comes to managing people and leading a workforce. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Weekly Wrap

What We Can Learn From the Worst Thing a Manager Must Do

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Regular readers of my semi-regular Friday posts know that I sometimes mention The New York Times’ You’re the Boss blog because I often find it to be the source of great insight into talent management and HR.

What I like most is how You’re the Boss reduces issues that just about everyone deals with in organizations of all sizes to bite-sized specifics that are applicable to just about anyone managing people just about anywhere.

Here’s a case in point, and just the headline of the blog post sucks you into it — What I Learned From Firing My Employee of 20 Years. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Survey: Temp, Permanent Hiring May Increase Over Next 6 Months

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I can’t tell: Is this actually good news, or simply wishful thinking?

CareerBuilder’s Midyear Job Forecast says that nearly half of U.S. employers “plan to add full-time, permanent employees over the next six months, and one-third plan to hire temporary or contract workers – both improvements over the same period in 2013.”

The key word there is “plan,” because employers saying they “plan” to hire isn’t the same thing as saying they “will” be adding additional staff. Read more…

HR Insights

Ignite HR 2014: The Conversation Is the Change

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Given the importance of conversation, it makes sense that the final Ignite HR presentations from May’s HR Reinvention in Omaha is about the needs and benefits of workplace conversation.

In fact, one might say that a presentation on conversation is the perfect way to wrap up this series and remind you one more time of  the benefits of the unique Ignite HR format — five (5) minutes, 20 slides and exactly 15 seconds per slide, max.

As this presentation points out, although we are technologically connected, we’re often personally isolated too, so there are many benefits of conversation we really need to consider. Read more…

HR Insights

Ignite HR 2014: Easy For Gandhi to Say

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We’re rapidly coming to the end of our Ignite HR presentations from May’s HR Reinvention in Omaha, and I think you’ll agree, it’s been an interesting mix of subjects and insights.

Part of it, of course, is the unique Ignite HR format — five (5) minutes, 20 slides and exactly 15 seconds per slide, max — but another part is the very diverse areas that the speakers found to dig into.

Today’s presentation is pretty much defined by this message that caught my eye and has a prominent place in my notebook from the conference: You must be the change you wish to see. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: A Little More Evidence of Why Managers Are So Important

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This is an old story, but managers just don’t get much respect.

This is not any big surprise, but why IS a bit of a shock is that I am seeing more and more written that seems to indicate that there is a new found appreciation of managers as more companies realize that middle managers, in particular, are the glue that holds so many organizations together.

TLNT contributor Patty Azzarello wrote about the need for good managers here a couple of weeks ago, quoting a HBR blog post titled Why Good Managers so Rare,  that made the case that “the quality of the managers impacts the success of the business more than anything else.” Read more…

HR Insights

Ignite HR 2014: Horribly Valuable Lessons From Pee Wee (Not Herman)

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As a very, very long week mercifully comes to an end — that’s what spending five (5) days in Florida at the SHRM annual conference does to you — it’s probably time for an Ignite HR presentation that is a little bit different.

What’s that you say? Isn’t Ignite HR already different enough?

Well, yes — you would be right. The Ignite HR format of five (5) minutes, 20 slides and exactly 15 seconds per slide, max, IS very different, but most of the presentations featured this week on TLNT from last month’s HR Reinvention in Omaha have been HR or talent management focused. Read more…

HR Insights

Ignite HR 2014: The Day Integrity Died

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Did you know that integrity is the opposite of hypocrisy?

I didn’t, but I learned that at HR Reinvention in Omaha last month, and I got it from the Ignite HR presentation by Janyne Peek Emsick titled The Day Integrity Died.

It was another presentation that seemed particularly suited for the Ignite HR format – five (5) minutes, 20 slides and exactly 15 seconds per slide, max — and that’s not always true. Some topics, or perhaps I should say “some people,” just aren’t able to focus their thinking into a tightly managed format.  Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

More Employers Not Hiring Due to What They Find on Social Media

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CareerBuilder does a lot of surveys. Some of them are fun and some are silly, but sometimes, they have one that reveals something that makes you sit up and pay attention. 

This is one of those attention-getting ones.

According to a new survey from CareerBuilder, more than half of all employers (51 percent) who use social media for background information on potential employees are finding things that cause them to NOT hire the candidate, and that is up from 43 percent last year and 34 percent in 2012. Read more…