Dissecting the Tribe

Judging by the retweets, comments and direct messages, my post A Member of the Tribe–over at HRExaminer–resonated with folks. Seems we care about culture but we don’t know how to define it, grasp it, understand it.  Several you wondered about the job seeker role in this. If companies are bad at defining and communicating their own culture, can job seekers figure it out on their own?

Everyone Wants to Belong

One of the most important parts of the work we do at exaqueo is our work in culture. We help clients to create, build, dissect, understand, and re-build their cultures.  And it’s not touchy-feel-y stuff. It drives business strategy. It explains how you get work done. And it helps employees self-select in or out. Silicon Valley is starting see the value of culture (finally) since Tony Hsieh’s led the charge to share how it’s affected (and hurt his business).  And Netflix and ...

Perfect Credentials Tell You Nothing

When I was getting my MBA at Vanderbilt, a classmate applied for a marketing job at Gap, Inc. He didn’t hear back so he sought out a connection through a friend–someone who help a senior marketing position there. Her reply? “So sorry, I can’t help. We don’t recruit at Vanderbilt. It’s not a top ten school. This kind of behavior makes me sad. Not because it’s unfair, or because our school wasn’t seen as good enough. Really because it’s an ...

Perfect Credentials Tell You Nothing

When I was getting my MBA at Vanderbilt, a classmate applied for a marketing job at Gap, Inc. He didn’t hear back so he sought out a connection through a friend–someone who help a senior marketing position there. Her reply? “So sorry, I can’t help. We don’t recruit at Vanderbilt. It’s not a top ten school. This kind of behavior makes me sad. Not because it’s unfair, or because our school wasn’t seen as good enough. Really because it’s an ...

Perfect Credentials Tell You Nothing

When I was getting my MBA at Vanderbilt, a classmate applied for a marketing job at Gap, Inc. He didn’t hear back so he sought out a connection through a friend–someone who help a senior marketing position there. Her reply? “So sorry, I can’t help. We don’t recruit at Vanderbilt. It’s not a top ten school. This kind of behavior makes me sad. Not because it’s unfair, or because our school wasn’t seen as good enough. Really because it’s an ...

Performance That Matters

I’m back on HRExaminer this week. It’s education, performance, frogs, Long John Silver’s and taking a long-lens look all in one post. Jackpot, right? In all seriousness, the best thinking often comes well outside my area of expertise. In this case, it’s a special education, middle school science teacher that really got me thinking. Hop on over to HRExaminer to get the story.

8 People Who Changed My Life in 2011

I could and should be looking ahead and making resolutions for 2012. But before I do, I’m looking back. And for good reason. I’m about to return back to my entrepreneurial roots as a talent strategy and brand consultant.  Like any brand shift, it happened slowly and evolved over time as I thought about where I can best make an impact in a way that fits my talents and work style the best. But change doesn’t happen in a vacuum. ...

8 People Who Changed My Life in 2011

I could and should be looking ahead and making resolutions for 2012. But before I do, I’m looking back. And for good reason. I’m about to return back to my entrepreneurial roots as a talent strategy and brand consultant.  Like any brand shift, it happened slowly and evolved over time as I thought about where I can best make an impact in a way that fits my talents and work style the best. But change doesn’t happen in a vacuum. ...

8 People Who Changed My Life in 2011

I could and should be looking ahead and making resolutions for 2012. But before I do, I’m looking back. And for good reason. I’m about to return back to my entrepreneurial roots as a talent strategy and brand consultant.  Like any brand shift, it happened slowly and evolved over time as I thought about where I can best make an impact in a way that fits my talents and work style the best. But change doesn’t happen in a vacuum. ...

The University of Sumser

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Class is in session at the University of Sumser where the Dean is opposed to idea that there is a quick fix to everything. If you’ve taken a class here before, you know that staunch opinion and firm beliefs always make an appearance. But there’s always an interesting discussion in the works.