Everyone in an organization must decide where improving work performance makes the greatest difference to success. Every day, managers, supervisors, … Read more
When it Comes to Corporate Values, Larry Ellison is Flat Out Wrong
Oracle’s Larry Ellison is flat out wrong. On Monday, he publicly declared that HP made an epic blunder in releasing CEO Mark Hurd following an … Read more
Implementing Change: A Costly Lesson from the U.S. Mint
We all know people have a resistance to change but who would have guessed that the folks producing change (the currency that is) would encounter those … Read more
Long, Hot Summer Question: Why Are Some Employees Freaking Out?
* See updates below Yes, I know it’s late summer. And yes, I know it has been scorching, make-you-crazy hot through most of the U.S. But still I … Read more
The Curious Case of Mark Hurd: Would you Fire a CEO Over Expenses?
* See updates below In case you’re one of those who believe that corporate executives get handled with kid gloves for issues in the workplace that would … Read more
Workplace Communication: Why It’s Critical Now, More Than Ever
Imagine the following scenario: it is late on Thursday afternoon. Your boss has just come in to talk with you about how much needs to be completed by … Read more
Do Engaged Employees Help Create Loyal Customers?
As part of an MBA Global Study trip back in 1989, I found myself in Japan in the boardroom of Fujitsu Corporation with the vice-chairman of the board and … Read more
Sorry Google, But This is an Age Discrimination Lawsuit Worth Watching
If you’re in HR at Google, that bad dream you keep having just came true. “In a ruling that could have broad ramifications for workers who sue employers … Read more
Make it Right BEFORE Disaster Strikes
I’ve been watching BP’s television commercials flooding the airways. They provide an impressive narrative on the wide range of actions and the commitment … Read more
What Does it Take for Your Employees to Get With the Program?
I’ve worked in a lot of different places over the course of my career, and if there’s one thing guaranteed to get a universal groan from rank-and-file … Read more
Inspiring Creativity: How to Make it Run Wild in Your Employees
A recent Newsweek article titled “The Creativity Crisis” points to research that shows for the first time that American creativity is … Read more
Former HR Exec Libby Sartain Named to Board of Directors at Manpower Inc.
Who said that HR people don’t get a seat at the table? Libby Sartain, the former chief human resource officer for both Yahoo and Southwest Airlines, has … Read more
Survey: Leadership Confidence is Down – Especially in HR
The results of the latest Leadership Confidence Pulse data show that while confidence in the economy is up, confidence in all internal aspects of … Read more
Weekly Wrap: Morale a Big Challenge, and Fired for Following a Police Order
Need a quick way to catch-up on workplace and HR-related stories you might have missed this past week? If that’s the case then you came to the right place … Read more
Sometimes, HR Should Plan the Office Party
Everyone loves talking about human resources getting a seat at the corporate table (2 million or so search results on Google alone). And whenever you hear … Read more
So Long and Farewell, Lon – You’re Simply Part of the CEO Trend
Ah, the perks of being a CEO. We have all heard of the compensation packages it takes to bring someone into this role. It takes months of working with a … Read more
Note to Washington: The HR Investigation Comes BEFORE you Fire the Employee
Here’s what I want to know this morning, as I read story after story about the latest Washington flap: Don’t they have any HR leaders working over at the … Read more
Want to Retain Good, Young HR Pros? You Better Recognize Them!
You’ve heard it before. Gen Y is the trophy generation (this mythical belief that every kid got a trophy). They’re entitled and spoiled and … Read more
What I’ve Learned About Managing Creative People
When Newsweek published an article this month headlined “The Creativity Crisis,” I was intrigued. After all, I’ve spent my life directing and managing … Read more
Why it’s Good to Learn from a Bad Boss
Anyone who has spent much time managing knows this to be a management truism you can’t avoid: you learn more from a bad boss than you do from a good one. I … Read more