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The Generation of Buzzwords

On January 11, 2011, in HRExaminer, More2Know, by John Sumser
As technology began to penetrate the HR Marketplace, buzzwords became a feature of product marketing. As a result, the language is getting sketchier and meaning changes too fast for anyone to be able to agree on anything. New ideas rapidly devolve to the least common denominator. This is the way that great ideas like “talent pool,” “talent community” and “talent pipeline” have become shorthand for the more apt “email list”.

Eileen Clegg

On January 10, 2011, in HRExaminer, More2Know, Movers/Shakers, by John Sumser
Ideas are big things and describing them in words can present some pretty serious limitations. With a number of books under her belt and ten years as a newspaper reporter, Clegg is pretty great at breaking free from those limitation. For example, Clegg often uses her visual approach to sharpen the picture where words might fail. Eileen Clegg is a prototypical Renaissance person with broad interests and deep networks. She has spent an additional chunk of her life working at the Institute for the Future where her atypical background in written and visual storytelling have helped to move HR forward.

HRExaminer v2.01

On January 7, 2011, in Editorial Advisory Board, HRExaminer, Jay Cross, Weekly, by John Sumser
In our feature this week, Jay Cross argues that the future is about people powering better technology, not doing away with the people. Meanwhile, John gives us a case in point by discussing innovation in HR, which is about people delivering innovation through technology. Let’s call that a theme shall we? We also highlight a […]

Out of Left Field

On January 7, 2011, in HRExaminer, More2Know, by John Sumser
“That’s where innovation seems to come from…way out in left field. The major players in the HR business are better understood as channels for innovation that happened elsewhere. HR vendors are largely companies that are adept at applying external changes to the local market.” In this post John discusses the new playing field for innovation in HR and then gives a couple of great industry related examples.


On January 6, 2011, in HRExaminer, More2Know, by John Sumser
What will keep you up at night in 2011? Dreams of talent management and electric sheep? Find out in this recorded webinar from earlier this week where a team of recruiting practitioners joined up with the Recruiting Guru Crew (Sumser, Wheeler, Sullivan, Crispin) to sound off. Plus, find out about some upcoming events you’ll want to attend.

Employment Branding

On January 6, 2011, in HRExaminer, More2Know, by John Sumser
What makes Company X the employer of choice for Unix professionals is unlikely to be the dynamic that attracts candidates in accounting. A brand, as it is commonly understood is a good place to start. But, the focus on being a generic “employer of choice” is an inadequate vision for effective long term labor supply management.

In The Know v 2.01: More Influence

On January 5, 2011, in HRExaminer, The Go/The-Know, by John Sumser
Influence is a particularly tricky thing to understand. That some people are more influential than others is a given. Exactly how influential they are and what that means is a more challenging question. One of this week’s articles suggests that Influence is best understood from the perspective of the influenced. I think that means that everyone has their own internal Top Influencer list.

People Not Technology

On January 4, 2011, in Editorial Advisory Board, HRExaminer, Jay Cross, by John Sumser
“Recently, I called for the abolition of corporate training departments. Now some instructors and traditional instructional designers see me as a job threat. They needn’t worry. Enlightened e-learning requires more people, not fewer.”

HRExaminer v1.47

On December 30, 2010, in HRExaminer, Weekly, by John Sumser
Congratulations! You survived one hell of a year in HR and Talent Management. In our last issue for 2010 we look back at the standouts for 2010 and survey the terrain for 2011. This is The HRExaminer v1.47 for December 30, 2010. A Year Of Living Dangerously in HR 2010 In Review HRExaminer charts the […]

2011: What’s Coming?

On December 28, 2010, in HRExaminer, by John Sumser
It’s hard work to see the future in times of upheaval. We’re getting used to ass-covering as a way of doing business. You’d think that highly compensated executives could do better than the ‘forecasting is dead’ point of view. In the two long years since the economic downturn started in earnest, seeing what’s coming has been hard to do. These days, it’s not uncommon to hear normally sensible business people talk about not having a long term view as an acceptable thing.