090807 Culture Links

On August 7, 2009, in Daily Links, HR Trends, JohnSumser.com, by John Sumser
Thought for the Day: We’re entering a time where company values is becoming a meaningful issue. The container of culture is best enforced through shared discussion and conversation. The internal company social community is the best mechanism for disseminating culture. Leaders should have public discussions on the meaning of company values. Netflix Culture The folks […]

090807 Spiritual Blogging

On August 7, 2009, in Futures, HR Trends, JohnSumser.com, Recruiting Wisdom, Social Recruiting, by John Sumser
Spiritual Blogging at Work I got a note from a good friend who is trying to figure out what he wants to blog for his company. He has an active spiritual practice and is a great thinker about workplace issues. With a very smart insight about the way that shifting demographics and economics change people’s […]

090707 Authenticity

On July 6, 2009, in HR Trends, Industry Analysis, Social Software, by John Sumser
This short piece appeared on the interbiznet website in 1996 as an introduction to the then forthcoming 1997 Electronic Recruiting Index. It was a part of a chapter on great website design. There was little else available on website design principles at the time. I’m pretty sure it was the first mention of “authenticity” as […]

Mourning The Loss of Context

On May 7, 2009, in All, Daily Links, HR Trends, JohnSumser.com, by John Sumser
Mourning The Loss of Context (May 7, 2009) Sometimes, I think my job is to provide context. My work is built on a foundation of strong beliefs, loosely held. In other words, I try to find frameworks that help make sense of things. I’ll take a stance because it forces a certain range of questioning […]

Wherefore Art Thou HR?

On April 30, 2009, in All, Futures, HR Trends, Industry Analysis, JohnSumser.com, by John Sumser
Wherefore Art Thou HR? (April 30, 2009) This story starts with an article called “Mincing Words” that I published over on RecruitingBlogs.com. The piece begins with the idea that our language for the profession and work of HR is damaging. Laced with descriptors of slavery and the ownership of people, the language (Human Capital, People […]

090428 Media Death Links

On April 28, 2009, in All, Daily Links, Futures, HR Trends, JohnSumser.com, by John Sumser
Thought For The Day: Marriott Corp.’s recent decision to stop delivering the paper to hotel guest rooms won’t affect the numbers until the next reporting period Today’s links paint a picture of the abrupt end of about 80 years of specialized prosperity for the newspapers. Immense fortunes were made and lost by the moguls who […]


Extremophiles (April 22, 2009) In a world of writers and verbal intellects, Eileen Clegg is a visual thinker. She is a prototypical Renaissance person with broad interests and deep networks. The seasoned newspaper reporter (10 years at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat) spent an additional chunk of her life working at the Institute for the […]

090420 Extremophile Links

On April 20, 2009, in All, Daily Links, HR Trends, JohnSumser.com, by John Sumser
Thought For The Day: “In response to economic threats, staff reorganizations, cuts and new hires are usually based on past performance rather than on an understanding of which people will guide the company to success in difficult times.” – Eileen Clegg How Extremeophiles Thrive in Impossible Conditions: Lessons for Business from Nature’s Super-Survivors Extremophiles are […]

090410 HR Issues Links

On April 10, 2009, in All, Daily Links, HR Trends, JohnSumser.com, by John Sumser
Thought For The Day: Free content does not mean low value, no matter what the expensive content providers say. Glen Cathey Responds To ERE Post Claiming Risk For Low Cost Training It was an odd article in the first place. In the internet era, the high cost providers got together and dissed the low cost […]

Sustainable Workforce

Sustainable Work  Force (April 07, 2009)  Over the course of a decade, Kevin Wheeler has compiled a massive contribution to the HR – HCM – Recruiting Industry. Relentlessly travelling the world, he always finds time to head home for ERE. I bumped into him very briefly last week. To paraphrase James Brown, “Ain’t no dog, […]