Martha I. Finney

Martha I. Finney is a writer and consultant specializing in employee engagement and leadership communications. A business journalist for 20 years before entering the consulting field full-time, she brings the qualitative perspective of workplace passion and problem-solving to clients who value the transformative power of engaged employees throughout the organization.

Her clients and leader interviews have come from such organizations as the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency; Intuit; Hewlett-Packard; Newell Rubbermaid; Caterpillar; Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide; Marriott; America Online; Yahoo!; the New York Philharmonic; Textron; Charles Schwab; Industrial Light and Magic; AFLAC; Walt Disney Studios; Deloitte Touche and U.S. Geological Survey.

Martha is author or co-author of more than 13 books, including HR From the Heart: Inspiring Stories and Strategies for Building the People Side of Great Business, with Yahoo’s Chief People Officer, Libby Sartain. Her newest book, The Truth About Getting the Best From People (FT Press, February 2008), helps new managers understand how their beliefs and behaviors promote engagement among their direct reports.

Her original research into joy in the American workplace was featured on CNN, NPR’s Morning Edition, and in major newspapers throughout the United States, as well as Across the Board magazine.

  • Outcomes: Loyalty; retention; recruitment; motivation; safety; engaged culture; public relations positioning; change objectives.
  • Areas of emphasis: Corporate communications; HR groups; workforce development; sales; new managers; new hires; community relations.
  • Products and services: Voice-of-the-employees interviews and profiles; white papers; case studies; book chapters; ghostwriting; publishing consultation.
  • Keynotes and workshops: “Sustain Your Flame! Keep Alive the Mission and Meaning of Your HR Career” (for internal HR group events) and new manager workshops based on the principles of The Truth About Getting the Best From People.

Cathy Fyock

Cathy Fyock, CSP, SPHR, consults with organizations to attract top talent, reduce turnover, and improve productivity in a volatile labor market. A dynamic speaker and seminar leader, she has provided over 200 national seminars for the Society for Human Resource Management alone. Fyock's acclaimed books on hiring include UnRetirement: A Career Guide for the Retired...the Soon-to-Be-Retired...the Never-Want-to-Be-Retired (1994, AMACOM) and The Hiring Source Book: A Collection of Practical Examples (2004, SHRM). Her monthly electronic briefing, The Employment Strategist, is distributed to thousands of hiring managers and HR pros who have attended her training programs.

Stephen P. Robbins

Dr. Stephen P. Robbins is the world's #1 best-selling textbook author in the areas of management and organizational behavior. His books have sold more than two million copies, are currently used by students at more than one thousand U.S. colleges and universities, and are widely read worldwide. Robbins' Organizational Behavior, Ninth Edition (Prentice Hall) is the market leader throughout Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, India, China, and Scandinavia. He is the author of Managing Today and co-author of both Management, Fifth Edition and Fundamentals of Management.

Robbins holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and has served in management roles for Shell and Reynolds Metals. Currently a member of the faculty at San Diego State University (Emeritus), Robbins' research interests have focused on conflict, power, and politics in organizations, as well as the development of effective interpersonal skills. His articles on these and other topics have appeared in Business Horizons, California Management Review, Business and Economic Perspectives, International Management, Management Review, The Journal of Management Education, and other leading journals.

An avid participant in masters' track and field, Robbins has set numerous indoor and outdoor age-group world sprint records since turning 50 in 1993. He has won more than a dozen indoor and outdoor U.S. national titles at 60m, 100m, 200m, and 400m, and has won five gold medals at the World Veteran Championships.