Lance Haun

Lance Haun is an editor at The Starr Conspiracy, a marketing agency focused on the enterprise HCM market. He spent three years as an editor at ERE Media and seven years in the recruiting and HR trenches before joining the agency. You can follow him on Twitter, circle him on Google+, check out his blog or contact him directly at

Articles by Lance Haun

HR Insights

How to Publicly Criticize Your Employees the Way Phil Jackson Does


Phil Jackson, who has won more championships than any other professional basketball coach, had some things to say recently about how the New York Knicks have been playing.

Unfortunately, he told the world about it on Twitter, like someone complaining about bad dinner service at a hotel restaurant (via the New York Daily News): Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

Finding “A” Level Talent Is Highly Overrated

LeBron James

I just got back from NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

For those not in the know, it’s a time when rookies and those looking to make a team’s 15-man roster come to play for almost two weeks in scrimmages. The event is small and fairly inside. It was my second year going with the guys from The 8 Man Rotation.

The biggest names in the NBA aren’t there. There was no LeBron James. Nor was there Kevin Durant.

Instead, you had rookies getting their first taste of team action and free agents and walk on’s looking for a shot at riding the end of the bench (or just making the roster) because there is usually better money in trying to make it work in the NBA than going overseas. Read more…

HR News & Trends

The SHRM-HRCI Issue: Crocodile Tears for Certified HR Folks Out There


I never thought much about certifying as an HR pro.

I get it. You want to be shown as a knowledgeable professional and get some letters after your name. That’s great.

It was never a big deal to me, though. For some however, it was a big deal and I can respect that.

Now, it looks like the clarity of what those letters mean is in serious jeopardy. SHRM is creating their own certification and doing nearly everything in their power to disassociate themselves with HRCI — including uninviting them from the annual conference.

Ouch. Read more…

Classic TLNT

Holiday Bonuses: Great If You Get One, But Don’t Get Your Hopes Up


Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is celebrating with classic holiday posts from the past. Look for them through Christmas Eve.

In the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Chevy Chase’s character Clark Griswold puts a down payment on a swimming pool for his family based on an expected holiday bonus from his company. Instead of getting a bonus though, Griswold is enrolled in a “Jelly of the Month” club.

These days, getting enrolled in a “Jelly of the Month” club might be the best one can expect during the holiday season (a note: I’m a fan of boysenberry and strawberry myself). And certainly no one outside of a few industries and positions are putting a down payment on any major purchase based on an expected end-of-the-year bonus. Read more…

Classic TLNT

Don’t Be a Scrooge: Learning to Enjoy the Holidays as a Manager


Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is celebrating with classic holiday posts from the past. Look for them through Christmas Eve.

Just call me Scrooge.

While it wasn’t my official nickname, you could have called me that my first few Decembers as a manager and an HR practitioner. I came into work grumpy, I left grumpier, and I tried to not be grumpy at home. It was a futile battle though.

Don’t get me wrong either: I like the holidays. I love spending time with my wife. I like spending a limited amount of time with family. But December just rubbed me the wrong way. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

A Noble HR Myth: The Forced Resignation That Avoids a Tough Talk


This week, I read a story on about how Mack Brown, longtime coach of the University of Texas Longhorn football team, is going to resign this week:

The source reiterated Brown would not be coaching at Texas in 2014.

By the end of the week, that will be the outcome,” the source told ESPN. “That will happen. It’s a shame after 16 years he’s not able to do it on his own with dignity and grace.” Read more…

Classic TLNT

Overcoming Fear of the Holiday Party

Mad Men Christmas party

Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT will celebrate with some classic holiday posts from the past. Look for them over the next two weeks.

Nothing cracks me up more than war stories from employment lawyers about the holiday season.

One guy I know says his phone is ringing off the hook on the Mondays after the typical holiday party weekends (usually the first three full weekends of December). Everyone (and I mean everyone) has a story about managers who drink too much, flirtatious co-workers, and multitudes of sexual harassment policy violations in the course of a couple hours.

What has always been the gist of these proclamations has been to either eliminate the holiday party or eliminate every single risk factor (primarily alcohol). If you’re going to eliminate all of the fun things that have some inherited risk, you should save your budget and cancel it completely. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Technology

When Will HR Wake-Up About Transparency and Software Pricing?


I’m on my fourth wedding ring (I’ve only been married once though). I’ve lost a lot of things really important to me (my favorite Portland Trail Blazers hat is in the back of seat pocket 17C on an American Airlines flight, if you ever find it), but the ring thing is always most embarrassing.

Personally, I’ve loved the feel of tungsten carbide rings since my buddy Sam got one when he married. So I got one too, from a traditional jewelry store.

I lost that one a very short time later in the Columbia River just north of where I live now. I went to Zales to get a second one only to have it crack. Read more…

Classic TLNT

Ding Dong, the Job Boards Are Dead (Again)

Ding Dong Witch Dead

Editor’s Note: Sometimes, readers ask about past TLNT articles they may have missed. That’s why on Fridays we republish a Classic TLNT post some of you have asked about.

If you think you’ve experienced deja vu about the death of job boards, welcome to the club.

In a piece in The Wall Street Journal this week, it says that recruiters are changing strategies and avoiding job boards:

As recruiters wade cautiously back into hiring mode, they’re throwing out their old playbooks. Rather than sift through mounds of online applications, they are going out to hunt for candidates themselves. Read more…

Classic TLNT

Get Rid of Performance Reviews? Sure, But What Do You Replace Them With?

Performance reviews

Editor’s Note: Sometimes, readers ask about past TLNT articles they may have missed. That’s why on Fridays we republish a Classic TLNT post some of you have asked about.

Like many of my fellow HR professionals, I’ve had my fair share of time dealing with the headaches from performance reviews.

Whether it is a supervisor who simply doesn’t want to do them or an employee who thinks they were unfairly evaluated, sometimes it feels like an anchor on your other activities.

And I guess I wouldn’t mind it that much if performance reviews always turned out great. The problem is that they don’t. Even the best-designed plans don’t always do the trick. And saying that most employers have the best-designed plans? That’s probably just a bit of a stretch. Read more…