Amitai Givertz's Blog – July 2007 Archive (20)

On weird onboarding...

Quote for the Day: Tuesday, July 31st, 2007



"Encourage people to ignore superiors and peers. Hire defiant outsiders. Rather than teaching newcomers about company history or procedure, have the newcomers teach the old-timers how to think and act. Encourage people to drive you crazy by doing what they think is right rather than what they are told. "



Robert Sutton, Weird Ideas…
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On job descriptions and selling value...

Quote for the Day: Monday, July 30th, 2007



"If you sit down with the hiring manager, ask them about their business, take a look at the resumes of employees who were previously successful in the hiring manager’s organization, and then use specialized services to deliver passive candidates that can’t be found through posting on a job board, then you are selling value. You can charge a little more and be a little less efficient, because you offer something better…
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On "Recruiter, re-tool thyself"...

Quote for the Day: Friday, July 27th, 2007



"The solution is that we need to re-engineer the thinking of the recruiters. In my experience many of them believe they have to always

be in control. This has had its' down side it alienates and infuriates

candidates, it drags out the recruitment process which adds costs and

it frustrates the company that is trying to fill a position. Why can't

we make positive changes to this…
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Added by Amitai Givertz on July 27, 2007 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

On educating tomorrows workforce and the poor getting poorer...

Quote for the Day: Thursday, July 26th



"Our education system is driving a massive wedge between the upper and lower classes in America, splitting the middle class between those willing to mortgage their futures to get into the right school district and those who either can’t afford, or think it is imprudent, to take that kind of risk. The fault line that is being created by a lack of corporate recruiting competence is leaving the poor completely behind. They can’t…
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On internet recruiting and the perspective of time...

Quote for the Day: Wednesday, July 25th, 2007



"Job candidates are being matched with client employers using the Internet.

Five percent of recruiting firms have already joined the Internet, and the number is growing by an amazing 12% per month. Right now, over 500,000 jobs are listed on the Internet...it's easy to miss critical technology changes. These days, the penalty can be a shorter life for your company."…

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Added by Amitai Givertz on July 25, 2007 at 6:30pm — No Comments

On HR and Staffing MIA or AWOL...

Quote for the Day: Tuesday, July 24, 2007



"If talent acquisition is to be the linchpin for how HR finds, develops and retains employees that drive their firm’s performance, then Staffing is truly the lead element in the war for talent and, for most, it is unequipped to do its job, poorly trained to operate as a team and poorly organized for the mission at hand."



Gerry Crispin,…
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On the truth and shades of grey...

Quote for the Day: Monday, July 23rd, 2007



"Offering people an A/not-A choice is often useful as a way to find out what they're really thinking. The world is rarely pure black or pure

white but it's also rarely a perfect 18% grey. People often use

shades-of-grey arguments as a way to deflect facts which might refute

their thesis. The humorist Steven Potter wrote that if you were ever

pressed to offer an opinion on events in a foreign country,…
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On who owns Succession Planning, who wants it?

Quote for the Day: Friday, July 20th, 2007



"While sensible, structured succession planning is something that HR would want to push for and would obviously have a crucial role in delivering, it is not up to HR to drive the process - that responsibility rests with the board. And if there is an HR director on the board, then I would hope that succession planning was already part of the mix.



Sadly, just like other people, HR directors are often vain,…
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On HR horror stories....

Quote for the Day: Thursday, July 19th, 2007



"Like the story about the employee who, HR discovered on his demise, had forgotten to change the beneficiary of his pension and life insurance when he remarried; HR had to tell the second wife that the first wife was getting the bucks. Or the man who threatened to sue his wife's employer for "enabling" her affair with a co-worker. Or the fast-food worker who sought to sue her employer for demanding that she tame her…
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On the EOE/EEO/AA/M/F/D Alphabet Soup...

Quote for the Day: Wednesday, July 18th, 2007



"Equal opportunity statements seem awkward at best and unnecessary at worst, especially in radio commercials. After all, equal opportunity is the law, so stating it in your ad is a bit odd. A company is either open to diversity or not; it either supports equality or it doesn’t. Putting the EOE statement in an ad or commercial doesn’t change anything.



Imagine spotting a delivery van with a bumper sticker that…
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Added by Amitai Givertz on July 18, 2007 at 6:42pm — No Comments

On Google being a Web 2.0 parasite...

Quote for the Day: Tuesday, July 17th, 2007



"Take Google, for example, the economic paragon of a truly successful Web 2.0 media company. With a market cap of approximately $150 billion, the Silicon Valley company took in $6.139 billion in revenue and $1.465 billion in profits in 2005. Telling is the fact that unlike companies such as Time Warner or Disney that create and produce movies, music, magazines, and television, Google is a parasite; it creates no content…
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On virtual reality and dystopia...

Quote for the Day: Monday, July 16th, 2007



"Where does this culture of "unreality" come from. Part of the answer is that it is created and controlled by a governing class made up of the media, corporations and political groups. The members of this class exercise much of their power by inventing news, advertising, and entertainment that is sold to us and used to sell us other things, from products and candidates to ideas. All compete with each other to determine…
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On candidate self-sabotage...

Quote for the Day: Friday, July 13th, 2007



Periodically, you may run into a Headhunter who seems to be somewhat jaded, rather skeptical, and appears to have had his sense of humor

surgically removed. Or, perhaps, you may run into one or two in your

life that don't act that way.





The reason for this attitude is that candidates frequently sabotage

their own job search efforts (while, in the process, taking food out of

the…
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Added by Amitai Givertz on July 13, 2007 at 6:36pm — No Comments

On being gainfuly employed, virtually...

Quote for the Day: Thursday, July 12th, 2007



"The last time I was in Second Life I found myself flying to the top of some kind of makeshift art warehouse, wondering why the sky was purple and where in the heck I could find my flying car. Who would have thought that I was merely a stones throw away from finding gainful…
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Added by Amitai Givertz on July 12, 2007 at 9:59am — No Comments

On Web 1.0 and 2.0 and power sharing...

Quote for the Day: Wednesday, July 11th, 2007



I was in the pub the other evening, trying to explain the difference between Web 1.0 ["Dotcom"] vs Web 2.0 ["Blogs & Social Media"] to a web neophyte friend of mine.



The short answer: "Dotcom was about 'taking'. Web 2.0 is about 'giving'...Suddenly for the first time in history, the world's most powerful form of media is about giving, not taking. The implications are vast.



Giving vs. Taking.…
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Added by Amitai Givertz on July 11, 2007 at 7:14pm — 4 Comments

On political correctness and diversity training claptrap...

Quote for the Day, Tuesday, July 10th, 2007



"Do CEOs really believe the diversity claptrap or do they put on a happy face to avoid legal and other problems? Either way, they are acting in a manner contrary to the best interests of their companies, shareholders and the public at large."



Dr. Carl F. Horowitz, The Authoritarian Roots of Corporate Diversity Training



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Added by Amitai Givertz on July 10, 2007 at 8:05am — No Comments

On the virtues of work experience...

Quote for the Day: Friday, July 6th, 2007



"It's a curious thing, this esteem we have for longevity. Why is an anniversary cause for celebration? I can see it in some Purple Heart sense--congratulations for surviving--but that doesn't seem to be the spirit in which such celebrations are intended...



What's the big deal about being married to the same person, or working for the same company, for so many years? Is it supposed to be some expression of loyalty,…
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Added by Amitai Givertz on July 6, 2007 at 7:30am — No Comments

On managment trivia and leadership "small talk"...

Quote for the Day: Thursday, July 5th, 2007



"This is a serious malaise. Managers feel comfortable discussing trivial issues because there's less at stake. Important issues cause trouble because discussions about them can lead to people taking difficult decisions. Difficult issues don't usually need experts to solve them. They need willing people to try to understand, evaluate, make a decision and then do…
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Added by Amitai Givertz on July 5, 2007 at 7:30am — No Comments

On Human Capital, you get what you pay for...

Quote for the Day: Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007



"The problem with the term “Human Capital” is that it perpetuates the notion that human beings are interchangeable anonymous widgets. People who are treated as if they were capital, start to behave like capital. They move to the source of the highest return as quickly as possible without regard to loyalty."



John Sumser, Strategic…
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Added by Amitai Givertz on July 3, 2007 at 8:00am — No Comments

On recruiting passive candidates, not...

Quote for the Day: Monday, July 2nd, 2007



"I really do hate to buck this week's trend, but passive candidates are no better than active candidates. Passive candidates are simply people

who are not looking to change jobs, but that does not make them better

candidates any more than it makes active candidates bad because they

are looking for another opportunity."




Howard Adamsky,…
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Added by Amitai Givertz on July 2, 2007 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

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