HR and Talent Weekly Roundup: The Scoop on Holacracy

We’ve hit a new business journalism trend: when Zappos implements something new, we consider it Gospel. Reporters go wild. And suddenly there’s a hot new business trend.  Such is the case with holacracy, a management technique that removes hierarchy from organizational structure to strengthen communication and remove barriers in an organization. It’s not new–but it’s new to Zappos. And by journalist creed, that means it’s now hot. Or something like that. Does it work? Sure. In certain organizations. Will it work ...

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 ...

Please Stop Hiring Rockstars

When I think of “rockstar,” I think of Mick Jagger, Slash, James Hetfield, Ozzy Osbourne, Adam Levine. I think of long hair, tattoos, decibels, backstage mayhem, and decibels. “It’s Freedom Rock, turn it up.”  When I search “rockstar,” I get energy drinks, Rolling Stone, a gaming company and “rockstar abs.” To be a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rockstar, think talent and longevity. To be inducted you had to have been in the business for at least 25 years. ...

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Get Your Learnin’ On

I love speaking at conferences–mostly because it means a free pass. And I get to hear some super fab people and really listen and learn. Take MediaBistro’s Career Circus earlier this year.  Before and after my musings, there were stars like Richard Cho from Facebook, Saul Colt from FreshBooks and Laurie Ruettimann, the Cynical Girl.