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Little Shop of Engagement Horrors

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It is no secret that employee engagement has become a vapor for most companies. The percentage of “engaged” employees has remained stable (and low) for well over 10 years.

Why I don’t really like the whole analytics and big data thing in HR

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It’s been something in the back of mind, wound tight, ready to spring with the right trigger – the feeling this whole mad, headlong rush into big data and predictive analytics for HR isn’t right. Isn’t human.

Want to Increase Employee Engagement? Stop Recognizing Employees.

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This post is a redo of a post from a few years back (about 4 or 5 to be not-exact.) I decided to remix/repost based on a twitter conversation I had with @TrishMcFarlane and @AKABruno (aka Matt Stollack.). Trish said: “Interesting.

Heaven Forbid We TALK to Employees!

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I’m jotting this post off in a hurry because the muse is hitting me and I have a full “to-do” list this week. A good friend and smart guy Jason Lauritsen posted in Facebook a link to an article entitled: “Employers are creepily analyzing your emails and Slack chats to see if you’re happy.” And I kid you not the article is exactly what the headline says it is….

The Essential Guide to Recruiting Performers

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Pulse Surveys May Be The Worst Management Idea Ever

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( Steve Boese posted today on how Netflix sees their real time data and the HR spin. It reminded me of the following slightly edited post I wrote back in February 2015 on a different blog. Enjoy this blast from the past.). Big data is all the rage.

How To REALLY Design an Incentive To Drive Behavior

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There are no shortages of people telling you how to get things done at work. I’m one of them. There is, however, a shortage of people who will HONESTLY tell you how to get things done at work.

At What Point Do You Throw in the Towel on Engagement?

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Can you believe there was a time in medical history when medical practitioners didn’t wash their hands? When cleanliness wasn’t a “best practice?” True story. Washing hands wasn’t a routine issue back in the mid-1800s.

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St. Louis Rams – Doing Football Like You Do Employee Engagement

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Looks like I’m going to try and channel my inner Steve Boese or my inner Kris Dunn and try to draw some connection between what’s going on in sports and what’s going on in the business world. First some backstory (not that you need it…).

Building your Learning Experience! What’s it all about?

Join Jesse Novak as he covers what building a Learning Experience is all about, how this should tie into your company culture and why building a foundation around fun, value and recognition is important to engagement. We’ll also discuss how this ties into Gamification and Badging programs to build a brand beyond your organization.

Charlie Judy – What You Wish Someone Had Told You

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Seems I’m doing more podcasts than writing lately. I think it’s because I’ve been writing for almost 10 years about engagement, rewards, incentives, recognition and just about anything connected to influencing behavior in an organization.

Old MacDonald Had a Farm – Then Became an Employee Engagement Guru

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Show of hands… how many of you like being compared to domesticated farm animals? Or even non-domesticated animals for that matter? Except for honey badgers and wolverines – those are some bad-ass animals. I’m cool if someone said I was like a honey badger or wolverine. But what about cows?

Blame your company culture on the pens you use.

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Culture – the tapestry of who and what your company is and stands for. Woven from many different behaviors – large and small. Culture isn’t what is written on posters outside the offices of your senior leadership team.

The Only 2 Incentives You Really Have to Think About

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If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me “what incentive should I run to help me grow my business?” I’d have enough nickels to buy something really expensive. If I had a dollar for every time I’d been asked that I’d be on the beach not answering this question anymore.

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Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose

Navigating the ever-changing world of eLearning can be a challenge, but many people are finding a way to manage it, as well as a clear path forward. With Learning Insights, you can develop an even clearer sense of purpose, taking your vision to reality.

Where should you focus your HR Efforts in the future?

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We all want to predict the future. I want to know which company will be the next AOL, or the next Apple. I want to know where to tell my kids to put their money so they can take care of me in in my old age in the same lifestyle they have grown accustomed to under my roof. Trust me.

Kristen Harcourt on the “Paul”Cast – What I wish I had been told…

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Are you afraid? Are you intimidated? Was there a time in your career where you didn’t say something or didn’t do something because you were intimidated? Either by title, gender, tenure? Was your career stalled or at least slowed down because you were too intimidated by someone at work? That’s what Kristen Harcourt brings to the “Paul”Cast in this episode. Kristen is a senior consultant with the McQuaig Institute.

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Culture at the Speed of the Internet – Microsoft Chatbot Goes Rogue

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On March 23, 2016, Microsoft unleashed on the internet an artificial intelligence (AI) attached to a twitter account. It was called a chatbot and it went by the name of “Tay.”.

Do You Know When to Run an Incentive Program?

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Click Here for Larger Version of Incentive Decision Tree. Most people think they know. My experience is that most people are wrong. But here I am to save the day.

The importance of your Learning Culture and Experience

Join Jesse Novak, Adobe eLearning Evangelist, in exploring thoughts on Learning Cultures inside organizations and how these are impacted by the learning experience. We'll talk about how learning can be made fun, and learners can be kept engaged for longer through the use of achievement, self-motivation and tools which are usable, simple, and reach the learner where they are.

Engagement Entropy – Stop Trying to Find a Solution

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Except for a few classes in high school and college, I’m betting you haven’t used the word entropy in a long while. If you have, you’re traveling in better circles than me. In my group the most common words we use are “does it hurt when I do this” and “do these look like bed bug bites?”.

Are we playing defense when it comes to employee engagement?

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About 6 years ago I wrote a post for Fistful Of Talent entitled: HR Plays Too Much Defense”. The gist of the post was that HR sees their job as “protecting the company.” That HR is in the “prevention of problems game.” ” Unfortunately, the way you win that game is to not lose.

Rayanne Thorn on the “Paul”Cast … Do the thing you suck at?

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Rayanne Thorn joins the “Paul”Cast to chat about doing something different with your life and your career. Normally we talk about leveraging your strengths and focusing on what you do well while outsourcing the stuff you suck at. Rayanne is the Vice President of Marketing at Dovetail Software , ( [link] ) a case management and help desk solutions for HR and also Clarify Solutions.

Take me to the pilot… Good Incentive Design

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Incentive programs are sometimes more art than science. I think that is due to a variety of studies that contradict each other and gurus who do the same. That tension creates “gray” areas and they get filled with the “art” part of the design.

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4 Ways to Close the Learning-Doing Gap for Front-Line Managers [GUIDE]

Wanted: A better way to develop front-line managers! It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to gain key insights into why so many programs fall short and learn 4 key principles for designing an effective solution.

Chad Atwell Podcast – What you wish someone had told you…

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Continuing my podcast series addressing advice you wished someone had given you early in your career we talk with Chad Atwell.

Ray Zinn on the “Paul”Cast… What I wish I had been told…

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As I got ready to upload this podcast I noticed just how long it has been since my last post. I am embarrassed! Chaulk it up to being busy – which also equates to better business. I can attest – there is an uptick in the economy. And speaking of making money. Today’s podcast is a special one. I got the chance to talk to Ray Zinn. The past CEO of a silicon valley company called Micrel. Ray is (was?) the longest-tenured CEO in Silicon Valley – 37 years!

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Jim Hacking on the “Paul”Cast – What you wish you’d known…

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Back on the air with another “Paul”Cast. This time we welcome Jim Hacking – an immigration and citizenship attorney in St. Louis. (I I know who I’m gonna call if I get lit up in St. Louis!). Jim joins me to talk about “time.”

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Employee Engagement is a Lot Like Parenting – #NextChat Jan 13th At 3:00 pm ET

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During conversations over Christmas break with my 22 year-old and my 24 year-old children they were surprised to learn that all this parenting stuff they had to suffer through growing up (and continue to for at least a little while longer) … their mom and I were making up as we went along.

Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.

Just Throw a Webinar – May 25 at Noon EDT

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Six years ago I wrote a post on Fistful of Talent called “Just Throw Strikes.”. The gist of the post was that too often what we think is helpful advice is rarely that. At best it is just a restatement of obvious facts or at worst, a group of words strung together with no meaning whatsoever.

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2017 Resolutions – Top 10 “Won’t Post” Topics for 2017

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Note: I just noticed that I published a “10 Posts Not to Write About HR” back in September. So this is a bit of rehash. It has more in it and I’ve already written it so … what the hey… enjoy. I normally don’t do resolutions.

Read Less – Excel More | Your SoMe Addiction is Hurting You

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Hello… my name is Paul. I’m a social media and industry news addict. Truth. I actually have an app installed that won’t let me open Facebook during certain hours. I can’t disable it. I can’t reboot the computer and start over.

Powerball Planning for the Rest of Us

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I hear a lot of people say that those of us that buy Powerball tickets are stupid. They say we are throwing away our money. They say we have no chance of winning. Well… not exactly… we have a chance. But it is a really, really, really, really small one.

2016 Training Program Best Practices

Can you hear the collective groan when you launch that new compliance course? Do you get complaints both public and private from trainees about the uselessness of the training courses you've launched? Is there anything that can be done about it?

Deep Thoughts Shallow Brains

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Is it just me or have we seen a huge uptick in pithy sayings set top of beautifully photographed scenes? Like you, I read them and nod my head in agreement. In the past these visual soundbites (or do we call them site bites?)

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