Amitai Givertz's Blog – August 2007 Archive (23)

On new metrics for talent management...

Quote for the Day: Friday, August 31st, 2007

"A War for Talent mentality also breeds bad habits that can harm your company. One of them is concentrating on the quality of talent instead of quality of performance."

Wally Bock, A War for Talent mindset may be hazardous to your results

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On HR falling of its seat at the table...

Quote for the Day: Thursday, August 30th, 2007



"After this conversation [automating talent management/business processes] most HR people recognize that this is not just plumbing or automation - but something way beyond their span of control. This kind of initiative must be led, supported and driven by Sr. Management. In most cases, what happens next is that there is some more conversation and then the idea dies."



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On hard lessons about changing education...

Quote for the Day: Wednesday, August 29th, 2007



"Perhaps it is just my native cynicism, but I don’t think that there will be a spontaneous societal recognition of the need for changing education, nor will there ever be a conversation amongst powerful people about ideas that will result in fundamental changes to our education system. Systemic inertia and myopic self-interest being what they are, nobility, goodness and wisdom are not the best way to get a…
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On the ethics and semantics of Search...

Quote for the Day,: Tuesday, August 28th, 2007



"Maybe the word "ruse" is the problem. Let's call it something less sinister, like competitive intelligence (CI) gathering so it doesn't

sound as bad. Getting names through "competitive intelligence" has a

more sophisticated aura about it."



Lou Adler, Ethics, Poaching and…
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On social networks and the "reverse domino effect"...

Quote for the Day: Monday August 27th, 2007



"User generated content sites, like Digg, are often rigged; Facebook is no longer the exclusive community for students; MySpace has become a pedophiles source for soft porn; Orkut is every spammer's favorite toy, etc. The future of the big players does not look too promising. What happens when the tide begins to turn the other way and a few of my friends begin leaving? There is a very good chance that I will too. In…
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Added by Amitai Givertz on August 27, 2007 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

On what recruiters do with leads, passive candidates...

Quote for the Day: Friday, August 24th, 2007



"If you’re interested in gainfully employed, successful individuals, then you’re going to have

to pick up the phone and call companies, because that’s typically where

you’ll find that type of person - at work. They probably haven’t

spammed their resume out to hundred of recruiters so you might actually

have to talk to them and ask them for one. As far as what I’ve…
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On transforming HR...

Quote for the Day: Thursday, August 23rd, 2007



"Many attempts at HR effectiveness start without defining value. For example, some companies invest in e-HR services such as portals and online employee services and believe that they have transformed HR, but they have not. While e-HR may be a part of an overall transformation, it is merely a way to deliver HR administrative services. HR transformation must change the way to think about HR's role in delivering value…
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On [not] having a shared vision...

Quote for the Day: Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007



"Few professionals would argue with the need for a shared vision. It's pretty much accepted as good management practice nowadays - the way we

try to get people more engaged. But I'd argue that shared visions are

not all they're cracked up to be. If you think about it, the more

diverse a team of people are, the less chance there is of arriving at a

common vision. Diversity and a…
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On Murphy's Law and other systematic complications....

Quote for the Day: Tuesday, August 21st, 2007



"The religious person may blame it on. original sin. The historian may cite the force of trends such as population growth and industrialization. The sociologist offers reasons rooted in the peculiarities of human associations. Reformers blame it all on "the system", and propose new systems that would, they assert, guarantee a brave new world of justice, peace, and abundance. Everyone, it seems, has his own idea of what…
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On compensation double standards...

Quote for the Day: Monday, August 20th, 2007



"Why is it that the same managers who use “people don’t work for money” to justify underpaying workers are convinced that their own bonus and long-term incentive plans are great and highly motivating?"



Know HR Blog, Why is Money Not Motivating to Employees, But it is to…
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On the irony of finding sales talent...

Quote for the Day: Friday, August 17th, 2007



Finding sales talent can be as challenging as finding new clients. You have to consider your search for good salespeople to be no different than any other marketing or sales effort. You have to find a large list of prospects, and attract one or more of them to join your firm. Of course, this state of affairs is ironic: you need to be a good salesperson in order to attract someone to help you with…
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On keeping confrontational jerks around, or not as the case may be...

Quote for the Day: Thursday, August 16th, 2007



"Confrontation is never easy. This is especially true with someone like a jerk, who actually thrives on confrontation. As you work though the other reasons to keep a jerk around that I’ve included on this list, keep in mind that confrontation is also an issue in the manager’s mind. What can you do? Simple: Partner with the manager to work though the other issues, and when the manager arrives at the conclusion that now…
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Added by Amitai Givertz on August 16, 2007 at 11:00am — No Comments

Hey, JD! What? No Poker? Sheeesh!

Shout-out to Jason Davis and The Fordyce Letter for sponsoring the Recruiting Roadshow starting with the upcoming bash in Atlanta. A really heartfelt "Thank you!"



If you haven't already visited, hop over to the new blog and check out what's going on starting with today's post:…
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Added by Amitai Givertz on August 15, 2007 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

On the language of "transparency"...

Quote for the Day: Wednesday, August 15th, 2007



"...Telling someone that a particular hedge fund is 'highly leveraged' is a lot easier than saying, 'They've borrowed a lot of money in order

to speculate and multiply their positive returns using other people's

money.'




On the other hand, the vast majority of buzzwords exist for one reason: to hide. By…
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Added by Amitai Givertz on August 15, 2007 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

On recruiter blogging, center stage...

Quote for the Day: Tuesday, August 14th, 2007



"Take a look around today's public market in Recruiting. The pros are quickly learning to make candidates a living breathing part of a network, allies in pursuit of a larger goal. While this is not new, it used to be a back office experience. Blogging brings the Recruiter to center stage. "



John Sumser, Humanizing



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Added by Amitai Givertz on August 14, 2007 at 11:30pm — No Comments

On money can't buy you love...

Quote for the Day: Monday, August 13th, 2007



"Social networks work for cause-driven organizations because they focus on friendraising before fundraising. They create the necessary social capital that makes raising budgetary capital more efficient,

eliminating the need for street teams, cold-calling or mass-market

appeals.



Friendraising before fundraising creates better friends who will lend you their time, their…

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On why some recruiters have a bad reputation...

Quote for the Day: Friday, August 10th, 2007



"Recruiting has a fairly bad reputation. It is often spoken of as a profession where people stretch the truth, promise what they cannot deliver, and act only in self-interest with candidates.



Candidates tell stories about recruiters who were initially friendly and helpful, promising them assistance in negotiating for a position, and who then quickly ignored them when the client did not express interest. Some…
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On changing stereotypes: The Boss...

Quote for the Day: Thursday, August 9th, 2007



"The stereotype of the boss is changing: Today's successful manager is generally more of a facilitator than an autocrat. Yes, managers can unilaterally hire, fire, and evaluate employees, but much of the job entails running meetings, guiding teams, building consensus, collaboratively setting policy, and troubleshooting. Happy managers enjoy that process, and would rather plan, inspire, and guide than crank out reams…
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Added by Amitai Givertz on August 9, 2007 at 7:00am — No Comments

On communications, another bullshit job...

Quote for the Day: Wednesday, August 8th, 2007



"Essentially you're getting paid well - in the six figures up to 50 percent of your base for bonus - to write e-mails, memos and articles for senior management that their employees have no interest in reading. Oh, and through these written communications we're supposed to inform and engage employees so that they're proud of the company they work for."



Stanley Bing,…
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On the paradox of Voodoo Metrics...

Quote for the Day: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007



"Despite management's obsession with hard numbers, many organisations are a fact-free zone, swirling with untested

assumptions. Horrifying sums of money are committed on superstition or

whim. Thus, fact-based management is really triple-distilled common

sense. It's hard. It requires judgment, practice, help, humanity and

wisdom. It needs scepticism and experimentation. It needs reasoned

optimism…
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Added by Amitai Givertz on August 7, 2007 at 6:00am — No Comments

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