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Is it Time to Discard the Word “Talent?”

I realize the irony of writing this blog post just a few short days after dropping the word “talent” as liberally as one showers colored sprinkles on fairy bread. Those of us working in the HR and Recruiting space love using the word “talent.” It sounds sexy and modern. It sparks our souls and fires …

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Chaos in a Talent System

This past weekend, while lazily channel surfing, I watched bits and pieces of Jurassic Park for (approximately) the 372nd time. Fortunately for me they were the snippets with lots and lots of Dr. Ian Malcom action (and I think we can all agree that Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcom, not the tribe of velociraptors, is …

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People (not Robots) Hire People

We’re one of the fiercest advocates for the effective use of technology at work and in HR. Hell; our business is built on this very premise. We keep our fingers on the pulse of all things HR/work technology; existing, declining or new and emerging. We attend and speak at conferences, we contribute to articles, papers …

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“You’re on Mute”

The company Zoom meeting has become a communication necessity for many over the last few months. “Can you move your camera up?” “I like that background!” “Can you turn your music off?” “I can’t hear you… …you’re on mute.” What better way to describe our current workforce communication strategies than a leader (or HR) unwittingly …

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Dear Recruiting – It’s Time to Keep Your Foot on the Gas

In some organizations, leadership teams have “slowed their roll” on all things recruiting and talent acquisition. Not so long ago, before the days of sourdough starters and Netflix docu-series, there was a time when we all took the longview. Not only did we search for candidates to fill our vacancies, we also looked miles down …

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Iconic London is closed.

This bustling city of 9 million residents and 20 million people commuting in to work, is closed. Silent, other than the sounds of the incredible key workers keeping London ticking over and those working tirelessly in the NHS to save lives. Silent, other than the sounds of birds and animals rejoicing in the safety that …

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Who’s Your Mother? Necessity.

In the HR realm we’re quite fond of categorizing our need to change by using words such as transform, revolutionize or disrupt. We may, periodically, even use the word invention. In organizations the world over, large and small, there have long been plans afoot to make an HR and organizational shift for any number of …

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Talent Management: It’s Not Just HR’s Game

Talent management, in a nutshell, is an organization’s commitment to recruiting, retaining and developing the most talented individuals available. It includes everything along the continuum of the employee life cycle and ensures continuity and connectivity amongst talent acquisition, on boarding, cultural socialization, performance management, staff development, succession planning and off boarding. Every single aspect. Every …

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Why Your Employee Engagement Tactics are Destined to Fail

Organizational leaders and HR professionals love tossing around the word engagement. They’re quite fond of saying things like “we need to increase our employee engagement” or “let’s do an annual survey!” or “what’s the budget for employee engagement activities?” (more on that later). We can’t fault them; the engagement industry is a bajillion dollar cottage …

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To Infinity and Beyond! Talent Business Trends for 2020

I saw a quote the other day (on Twitter…where else?) along the lines of “we overestimate what the future will hold in the next year and underestimate what the future will hold in 10 years.” This is especially true as we get into this time of year; the months when HR and Talent prognosticators, pundits …

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