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The Meat of the Sandwich: How the Middle Manager Can Close the Gap between the C-Suite and the Front-line

There are leaders, and there are those who lead. Leaders hold a position of power or influence. Those who lead inspire us.

“Whether individuals or organizations, we follow those who lead not because we have to, but because we want to. We follow those who lead not for them, but for ourselves.” – Simon Sinek

Boot Straps: Creating a Culture of Achievement vs. Entitlement

Pull yourself up by your boot straps!  It sounds good.  But we don’t live or work in a vacuum.  We work in organizations that have systems and cultures that either help or hinder performance, confidence and more. Culture drives everything in an organization.  Some organizations have entitlement cultures and others have achievement cultures.  What is right may be wrong and what is wrong may be right.  What do the culture scales say….

Changing Your Culture by Changing Your Conversations

13 people dead.  A 325 page investigation report.  Called before both the House and Senate Subcommittees to testify; to explain.  Explain the inability to address the ignition switch problem.  A problem which persisted for more than 11 years.  A problem where many had, but no one took, responsibility to fix the problem.  Not a failure, but a history of failures.  GM suffered the fate of a poor corporate culture.  And they are not alone.  Too many companies experience the same types of issues and breakdowns.  Here are a few headlines about companies that have faced cultural problems:

Show Me the Money: How to Handle Tricky Salary Questions from Employees or Candidates

Many questions can throw candidates off during the interview process if they aren’t prepared, but it is just as important for recruiters and managers to be ready for tricky salary questions if they want to retain top talent.

Joel Myers, a senior management consultant with F&H Solutions Group, provides some tips to recruiters and managers about how to respond to tricky salary questions from candidates and direct reports.

Below are some complicated questions that managers/recruiters might expect to hear and how they can explain their salary decisions.

Talent Management Tactics Without Strategy = Talent Loss

All too often human resources professionals are overworked and fail to get the traction they desire.  Always pushing higher to get boardroom access and develop that true partnership with the C-suite, but in too many cases falling short.  Activity is not enough.  We must, as human resource professionals, engage in the right activity, at the right time, in the right way, for the right purpose.  That means more activity is in most cases not better.  Less is more.  Why?  Because it creates an opportunity for human resource professionals to be more strategic and focus on real results.  And the t

Breaking Up is Hard to Do – 10 Reasons to Rethink Turnover

The war for talent has been heating up for some time now. The unemployment rate is about 4.1% and wage growth, which has been anemic for years, has started strengthening in the last four to five years. When you add all of that together it equals…Turnover. Or at least the perception that turnover is coming. It also means employers are struggling to find good talent.

#WeToo Need More Than Compliance

Over 50 years ago, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion or national origin. Nearly 20 years after that, The United States Supreme Court formally recognized sexual harassment as a form of discrimination under Title VII. As time went on, the law changed and adapted to protect against even more types of discrimination. This was seen as progress; a strong and moral direction for the country and for all organizations. With all of the many activities centered on compliance, employers and employees should expect less discriminatory behavior.

HR Reflections and 2018 Trends

As the year comes to a close, it is important to reflect on the year, set intentions for 2018, and see what the New Year has in store for us in the world of human resources. This year, we have seen HR issues dominate the spotlight in the media –sexual harassment, gender pay inequalities, discrimination and more.

Pay Matters: Answers to Common Pay Puzzlers

Compensation can be a very challenging area to navigate. Two of our compensation experts, Jennifer Blake and Joel Myers, have answered common pay questions they receive from our clients.

Clear Leadership Vision - Interview with Brad Federman

Shelley Baur, Author, Speaker & Workshop Facilitator of Integrity-Based Communications, interviewed FHSG COO Brad Federman:

"I would give all the wealth of the world, and all the deeds of all the heroes, for one true vision."

That was the response Brad Federman gave me when I asked for his favorite leadership vision quote, attributed to Henry David Thoreau.