Training and Development

The Amplified Stuff of Legendary Teams

The 2014 Fall Classic is over. The San Francisco Giants are the big winners (again). Spring training now seems like light years away… …ah, but there’s always time to dream of Little League days of yesteryear… He threw heat like a wild man, his bulging arms and legs flailing from wind up to release. Every third… more The Amplified Stuff of Legendary Teams

The World of Work Needs Huggers, Not Walkers

June 30, 2009 “They call them Walkers.” Rick the recruiter whispered the words like a desperate prayer while he stood at the 10th floor window looking down on the street. Nishi, Rick’s new boss, was puzzled. “Walkers?” “Yes, Walkers,” Rick echoed, and wiped his dry mouth with the back of his hand. Nishi waved a hand… more The World of Work Needs Huggers, Not Walkers

The Halves and Wholes of Leadership Development

“Love is born with solar flares From two magnetic poles It moves towards a higher plane Where two halves make two wholes…” –Neil Peart We simply made it up. Neither of us had really had any formal lessons; I know I never had them. My stiff “pin-hips” as my mom and dad had always pointed… more The Halves and Wholes of Leadership Development

When Our Workplace Culture Is On Fire

“The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire. We don’t need no water let the m-f burn.” –The Bloodhound Gang At least, that’s the melodic hip-hop mantra many of us have wanted to repetitively belt out at some point in our world of work lives (with an unapologetic emphasis on the unabbreviated curse word,… more When Our Workplace Culture Is On Fire

The Authentricity of Mr. Pixie

“If I could wave my magic wand, I’d set everybody free.” —Neil Peart Call me Mr. Pixie. That image, now delightedly (or unfortunately) burned into the memory of nearly every one of my colleagues and cohorts, is a special one for me. It was another Fun Friday team theme at work, where I got to… more The Authentricity of Mr. Pixie

Welcome Everyone to Job Fair

“Dreams flow across the heartland Feeding on the fires Dreams transport desires Drive you when you’re down Dreams transport the ones who need to get out of town…” —Neil Peart Or the ones who need to get out of jail. “Welcome to Job Fair everyone!” The auditorium filled with clapping and laughter, every seat taken… more Welcome Everyone to Job Fair

Making Lemonade in Two Easy Steps

“So Beatrice, what are you going to make today?” “Lemonade.” “And what’s the first ingredient?” “Lemons.” “And what’s second?” “Sugar.” “And then what?” “Um…ice.” “Yes, ice, but also water, right?” “Yes, and water!” And that’s how it went on my oldest daughter Beatrice’s final Pre-K share and leader day back in May – three easy… more Making Lemonade in Two Easy Steps

Talent Engagement and the Dissed-Engaged

What to do with a productive outlier? Especially when she’s a smart problem-solver, who is sometimes collaborative and works well with others, but who’s also a headstrong, impulsive, independent, opinionated and throws tantrums like baseballs from a wild fast pitcher, tantrums that take what feels like an inordinate amount of time to extinguish; a fuse… more Talent Engagement and the Dissed-Engaged

Two Things: From Safety Net to Safe Haven

Everyone deserves a safety net and a safe haven, even at work, and especially if you’re part of the 24% of women and 12% of men who reported at least one lifetime episode of intimate-partner violence. According to statistics gathered by the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence – The most comprehensive study of its kind, released in… more Two Things: From Safety Net to Safe Haven

Two Things: Talent-Centric and Shining Self-Paced

“Did you ever see the film where the man is given spectacles, that make the world look upside down. He falls about the place but in time he somehow readjusts. And when they take the glasses off, the eyes he’s always had see sky below him, and he falls again…ah, but you hold that thought,… more Two Things: Talent-Centric and Shining Self-Paced

Two Things: Experience Outcomes

Experience outcomes. We laughed as we said it, sitting together in the mothership executive conference room at Peoplefluent planning our global domination strategy. We’d been meeting all week, meeting after meeting, a gaggle of senior leadership and marketing team leads, workshopping and brainstorming and collaborating over all that we’ve been, where we are and where we need… more Two Things: Experience Outcomes

Two Things: Continuous Flexibility in the World of Work

“Our employees are our greatest asset.” Year after year, it seems like employers focus on the same catchphrase. Meanwhile, workforce engagement statistics continue to crawl along the ocean floor like bottom feeders scouring for scraps. It’s like being caught in a time-travel wormhole that loops back on itself, with only our clothing styles and digital… more Two Things: Continuous Flexibility in the World of Work