On HR going hungry at the table, bellyaching...
"If you are unlucky enough to work for an organization that doesn't recognize the value of HR, one of two things may be at play: Either you work for a bad company and should immediately move to one that is looking for talented HR folks, or maybe you're the problem."…
Added by Amitai Givertz on June 29, 2007 at 9:26am —
On "just-in-time" recruiting...
"The goal of recruiters and the organizations they work for is to have quality talent (Q-Talent) ready for current and future opportunities – a steady flow of the right people, ahead of the company’s demand for them. Picture an airport with airplanes circling overhead. The talent organization is the control tower. It needs to know who is on the horizon, what their… Continue
Added by Amitai Givertz on June 28, 2007 at 7:29am —
On leadership development, nature or nurture...
"If authentic leaders are a consequence of their early life experiences does this mean that leadership development books, tapes, learning programs and business consultants are a waste of time? And does this explain why so few of them are not sticky?"
Scott McArthur,… Continue
Added by Amitai Givertz on June 27, 2007 at 4:28pm —
On "actions speak louder than words"...
"That's a key thing to remember. Having the idea is only one part of the thought leadership story. Execution and demonstration are the other pieces. Ideas, in and of themselves, are a dime a dozen and the province of writers and inventors. Actually doing the thing in a way that others can emulate is worth a million bucks."…
Added by Amitai Givertz on June 26, 2007 at 8:08am —
On the recruiting technology "Productivity Paradox"...
"The bottom line is that in order to have a successful recruitment system implementation, the recruiter still needs to know how to recruit, and the system needs to be perceived as a valuable tool in managing the workload...ultimately a recruitment system will only be as good as the people using it."
Ed Newman, The Myth… Continue
Added by Amitai Givertz on June 25, 2007 at 6:40am —
On sucky recruiters' excuse-making...
"We've heard all the reasons why you can't deliver strong candidates — not enough money, too many skills and requirements, not enough time, bad ads, candidates don't want to relocate, etc. Enough already! We don't need to pay for recruiters who can't find top candidates. This is your #1 job! Get creative...Just stop making excuses."…
Added by Amitai Givertz on June 22, 2007 at 8:30am —
On the brain drain...
It's a fools bargain. Foreign or younger workers cannot replace what the older workers contribute in the way of institutional memory, long-term relationships and applied creativity. The company loses both the knowledge capital… Continue
Added by Amitai Givertz on June 21, 2007 at 7:00am —
Top Ten Online Business Networking Tips
"Clarify what you have to give and what you want to gain from your online networking.
Identify your purpose and objectives for joining and participating in an online community. Make sure you are clear about what you have to contribute to the community as well as what you can gain from being part of the community."
Scott Allen,… Continue
Added by Amitai Givertz on June 20, 2007 at 12:30pm —
On Feng Shui and retention best-practice...
"If we had cubicles or even individual offices with walls dividing us, the recruiter may have been able to hire away a valuable member of our team. He failed because in an open office environment it’s awkward to take a call from a recruiter and talk numbers, during work hours. Everyone can hear you.…
Added by Amitai Givertz on June 20, 2007 at 8:35am —
On the future of recruiting technology...
"The hope is that, in not too many years, human brains and computing machines will be coupled together very tightly, and that the resulting partnership will think as no human brain has ever thought and process data in a way not approached by the information-handling machines we know today."
J. C. R. Licklider, Man-Computer… Continue
Added by Amitai Givertz on June 19, 2007 at 9:02am —
On communal blogging and "free speech"...
"Yes, you own your own words. But you also own the tone that you allow on any blog or forum you control. Part of "owning your own words" is owning the effects of your behavior and the editorial voice you foster...Shock radio hosts encourage abusive callers; a mainstream talk radio show like NPR's Talk of the Nation wouldn't hesitate to cut someone off who started spewing… Continue
Added by Amitai Givertz on June 18, 2007 at 7:04am —
" 'What the hell are you thinking?' Why put in the effort and time and heartache when it [blogging] doesn’t make any money?
Actually the math is pretty simple. I am investing in my network, contributing to my community of practice (in this case my community of practice is people who believe that talent is more valuable than capital) and want to be part of the next… Continue
Added by Amitai Givertz on June 17, 2007 at 7:30am —
On defining quality employees...
"Most organizations do not have any definition of a "quality employee," nor do they even have a performance management system that is anything better than a popularity contest….suffice it to say that before any performance can be assessed, the organization has to have a clear idea of what good or exceptional performance looks like. It needs to have longitudinal studies of its best performers so that a pattern of actions,… Continue
Added by Amitai Givertz on June 15, 2007 at 9:23am —
On slacking off...
"Slack allows innovative projects to be pursued because it buffers organizations from the uncertain success of these projects, fostering a culture of experimentation"
Nitin Nohria & Sumantra Ghoshal, The Differentiated Network: Organizing… Continue
Added by Amitai Givertz on June 14, 2007 at 12:55pm —
On outsourcing and knowledge workers...
"If by off-loading employee relations, organizations also lose their capacity to develop people, they will have made a devil's bargain indeed."
Peter Drucker, They're Not Employees, They're People
Added by Amitai Givertz on June 13, 2007 at 7:39am —
"Of course I lie to people. But I lie altruistically - for our mutual good. The lie is the basic building block of good manners. That may seem mildly shocking to a moralist - but then what isn't?"
Quentin Crisp, The Naked Civil Servant
[Note: It seems that lying is a preoccupation for recruiters.… Continue
Added by Amitai Givertz on June 12, 2007 at 9:30am —
On personal brand…
“You're hired, you report to work, you join a team -- and you immediately start figuring out how to deliver value to the customer. Along
the way, you learn stuff, develop your skills, hone your abilities, move from
project to project. And if you're really smart, you figure out how to
distinguish yourself from all the other very smart people walking around with
$1,500 suits, high-powered laptops, and… Continue
Added by Amitai Givertz on June 11, 2007 at 10:30am —
On preaching to the choir...
"Repeated exposure to one person's viewpoint can have
almost as much influence as exposure to shared opinions from multiple people.
This finding shows that hearing an opinion multiple times increases the
recipient's sense of familiarity and in some cases gives a listener a false
sense that an opinion is more widespread then it actually is."
Dale T. Miller,… Continue
Added by Amitai Givertz on June 8, 2007 at 2:07pm —
On HR 2.0...
"There is a revolution happening right now, the world is changing and it may represent the most significant change in human relations since the industrial revolution. The revolution is the move from manpower to knowledge power and the medium is Web 2.0."
Scott McCarthur, Does Web 2.0 provide us with the opportunity for HR… Continue
Added by Amitai Givertz on June 7, 2007 at 8:00am —
On writer's block...
"it used to be that whenever i'd stumble upon an interesting article or blog post about recruiting, i'd immediately blog about it here. but now, it's so darn easy to just send such a page to recruiting.com, that i'm left thinking what am i going to blog about?"
Jason Goldberg, this blog is a changing
Added by Amitai Givertz on June 6, 2007 at 10:51am —