Francois Guay's Blog – October 2011 Archive (13)

If Business was a Contact Sport HR Would be in the Infirmary

Vince Lombardi said it best when he said“Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is”. It never ceases to amaze me that most HR people I meet are non-competitive when it comes to helping their business win and in applying HR strategies and policies. They use words like ethics and fairness to tell us why they are so restrained but really it’s a…


Added by Francois Guay on October 31, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Why Career Pathing is Bogus!

Traditional HR think is that companies need to have career pathing. Do you really believe this is true? Have you ever really noticed how potential talent became great talent. It’s not from going to A then B to C but to accelerate that move from A to C to F and then onward. Not from career pathing but from mentoring, coaching or having someone taking them under their…


Added by Francois Guay on October 26, 2011 at 8:36pm — 5 Comments

What Business and Human Resources can Learn from Football

Would a football coach ever think about playing and winning at football without their playbook? A playbook contains offensive, defensive and special team plays with techniques and vocabulary relating to game plays as well as information about team formations. Football playbook's are given to each team member at the start of the season's training…


Added by Francois Guay on October 25, 2011 at 10:18am — 6 Comments

What HR Can Learn from Hannibal

In 216 BC Hannibal crossed the Alps in terrible conditions to attack Italy. His generals pleaded with him not to attempt it saying it would be impossible to cross the Alps with elephants. On hearing this Hannibal said “Aut viam inveniam aut faciam” or translated from Latin, I will either find a way, or make one. History tells us…


Added by Francois Guay on October 23, 2011 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

How HR Can Help Increase your Companies Sales

If you could help your company increase it’s sales and profits and look like a superstar at the same time would you do it? I am amazed at how shortsighted most human resource and recruitment organizations are when it comes to helping their companies win more business. Sure these organizations help to hire and fire employees but are they part of the business strategy ? No,…


Added by Francois Guay on October 20, 2011 at 10:46am — 3 Comments

Keeping the Attrition Monster at Bay – Why OnBoarding is the First Step

Companies work so hard at recruiting the best talent, rolling out the red carpet, increasing original offers, offering bonuses and other perks to attract the right candidates but once you’ve signed on the dotted line kiss the best behaviors goodbye. The process is similar to dating where the early stages of the chase and initial meetings are euphoric and show so much…


Added by Francois Guay on October 18, 2011 at 9:34am — 2 Comments

Are Ponies Eating Rainbows and Pooping Butterflies at your Company?

Dr. Seuss‘s famous quote should be every employers and recruiters mantra. And with today’s economic uncertainty and general social malaise, we all sure can use a bit of fun and a jolt of performance. So throw out the “Right People, Right Place, Right Time mantra“ that was so 90’s.

Let’s face it as children we all dreamed of having a pony, and if were honest with…


Added by Francois Guay on October 15, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

There is No Talent War - Just Poor Employers

Are you tired of hearing the constant whining and gyrations from so-called experts about the impending or never-ending talent wars? I am, because it’s not true, there are no talent wars just Poor employers.


These employers cannot for the life of them attract good talent because the candidates who are applying to these companies are too well-educated to the…


Added by Francois Guay on October 14, 2011 at 2:46pm — 16 Comments

Cannibalization of HR - Save Recruiting from Being the Next Victim

Recently I read a great book called In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the whaleship Essex. It tells the true life story of a whaling ship from Nantucket in the 1820’s which was sunk by a rogue sperm whale.  Herman Melville based his famed novel Moby Dick on this tragedy. The twenty despairing men of the Essex were over 4,000 kilometers from shore with little food and…


Added by Francois Guay on October 13, 2011 at 12:13pm — No Comments

The Candidate Graveyard

According to legend an elephant graveyard is a place where elephants go to die.  For some unexplained reason over the centuries huge numbers of elephants have left their grazing grounds and secretly disappeared into the unknown never to be found again.

Many companies have successfully replicated this amazing legend by creating a confusing array of web pages that require…


Added by Francois Guay on October 10, 2011 at 8:21pm — 7 Comments

Common Sense Vs. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Mobile

Every recruiter evangelist and solutions vendor out there today is banging his drum telling corporations why they need to be on and develop a recruiting strategy for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and mobile. All I can say is of course! You dont’ need to be one of these evangelist to figure that out. Maybe they have been spending a little too much time in the sun or maybe they…


Added by Francois Guay on October 6, 2011 at 7:40am — 9 Comments

Ten Ways to Piss off your Recruiter

As an Employer:

  1. Saying the job needs to be filled asap when the following week your closing the order (Wait till you call me next time with a really urgent request).
  2. Giving the same job to 5 or more other search firms (Everyones’ going to try so hard).
  3. Not allowing the recruiter to talk to the hiring manager (What are we in…

Added by Francois Guay on October 4, 2011 at 8:00am — 28 Comments

Employers – Stop Wasting My Time

Have you noticed how terrible most job postings are? Not very many stand out from the thousands of computer generated/outdated job descriptions from stuffy HR departments. Your postings tell candidates an awful lot about your company as soon as they see it. Will they read on or will they just jump to the next one that appears on their screen. Candidates deduce rightly or…


Added by Francois Guay on October 3, 2011 at 7:30am — 2 Comments


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