You want to be Zappos? Here’s Why You Can’t.

On June 12, 2011, in Editorial Advisory Board, HRExaminer, Steve Smith, by Steve Smith
Steve leads content development, thought leadership and public relations activities as a partner at Starr Tincup. Steve received his B.A. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Since 2001, Steve has specialized exclusively in human resources and human capital-focused communications consulting after nearly a decade as a newspaper journalist. He has earned […]
 

HRExaminer 2.23

On June 10, 2011, in Amitai Givertz, Editorial Advisory Board, HRExaminer, John Sumser, Weekly, by John Sumser
Read this week's HRExaminer » Failure is underrated "Failure is the foundation of success; success is the lurking place of failure." What Lao Tzu meant is that success creates a set of blinders that make you extremely vulnerable. Success is the single greatest predictor of failure. Meanwhile, forward progress depends on experimentation which understandably has […]
 

Social Media Stovepipes

On June 8, 2011, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, More2Know, by John Sumser
For all of the noise, Social Technology is slow to enter the HR Marketplace. After all, LinkedIn is nearly a decade old; Facebook is 7; and Twitter is 5.While there are legions of trainers who purport to show how to use collaborative communications tools in organizational settings, there is little real progress in standardization. Armed with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, RSS Feeds, Slideshare and a host of other accounts, most of the news is the heavy breathing of early adopters.
 

Failure is Underrated

On June 7, 2011, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, by John Sumser
What Lao Tzu meant is that success creates a set of blinders that make you extremely vulnerable. Success is the single greatest predictor of failure. Meanwhile, forward progress depends on experimentation which understandably has a large failure rate.
 

Meaning and Data in the Social Web

On June 6, 2011, in Amitai Givertz, Editorial Advisory Board, HRExaminer, by Amitai Givertz
It is impossible to fly by the seat of your pants when there is no indicator that one is even airborne. For those of us who are used to winging it when there is insufficient data to chart the course, measuring results from social campaigns provides a rude awakening. Unable to pace internal adoption with the dizzying rate at which the social web proliferates, escaping the gravitational pull of a world in a state of perpetual beta can consume more time and effort than staying in the game. Besides, where else can you get your emotional needs meet with 140 characters or less?
 

Retention Doesn’t Work

On June 6, 2011, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, by John Sumser
Hiring and Keeping the Best People is a standard goal in most organizations. Identifying key talent and promoting them is such a core part of conventional wisdom that we take it for granted. Most leaders aspire to be surrounded by trusted colleagues who are well seasoned and deeply experienced. When this idea spreads through an organization, it is called "Retention". In a harsher light, it is the essence of cronyism and featherbedding.
 

HRExaminer v2.22

On June 3, 2011, in Editorial Advisory Board, Heather Bussing, HRExaminer, John Sumser, Weekly, by John Sumser
It's happening all around your company all the time. THE EXPERIENCE. We call them candidates but they're strangers with first impressions and the keys to our future. Read more in this week's HRExaminer » Candidate Experience In 2003, I launched a small endeavor called "CandidateVoice". The idea was to audit websites based on their ability […]
 

Candidate Experience

On June 2, 2011, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, More2Know, by John Sumser
In 2003, I launched a small endeavor called “CandidateVoice”. The idea was to audit websites based on their ability to deliver a sound experience for each candidate who visited the employment section of a website. What’s happening with Candidate Experience now?
 

Is Your Non-compete Agreement Enforceable?

On June 1, 2011, in Editorial Advisory Board, Heather Bussing, HRExaminer, by Heather Bussing
With a non-compete agreement, each state has its own unique laws and rules about whether, when and to what extent a non-compete agreement is enforceable. Find out if your non-compete agreement is enforceable.
 

Who Is The Audience?

On May 31, 2011, in From The Vault, HRExaminer, John Sumser, More2Know, by John Sumser
When job hunters are given the opportunity to examine endless opportunities, what do you think they do? Truth is that after about a dozen thorough readings of job ads, they revert to skimming. The web actively encourages this approach…it’s a skimming medium. Following a skimming phase, the job hunter reverts to reviewing opportunities briefly and punching a resume button in response. It’s extremely Pavlovian.