MyPhilter for LinkedIn

Topics: HR Technology, HRExaminer, John Sumser, Reviews, by John Sumser
MyPhilter delivers an obvious (and missing) chunk of simple LinkedIn functionality. A user can organize LinkedIn contacts into categories for further consideration. A simple process loads the data. MyPhilter tracks the categories. (You can have up to five custom categories.) MyPhilter makes LinkedIn a lot more useful if you’re actually using LinkedIn to recruit or find a job.
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Thinking About Influence (or Why isn’t Laurie Ruettimann on the top of every influencer list?)

Topics: HRExaminer, John Sumser, Reviews, by John Sumser
mBlast is showing something really important about the HR idea marketplace. It extends way beyond the confines of our little echo chamber. HR issues are critical in all businesses and the general trade press cover unemployment, recruiting, talent management, training, succession planning, compensation, performance management, labor markets, skills deficits, talent wars and a host of HR issues.
 

Social Media Swirl: BeKnown

Topics: HRExaminer, John Sumser, Reviews, by John Sumser
Today, my inbox started its own form of acceleration. I joined Monster’s new BeKnown network last night to stay on top of the flow in social media products. Beknown is Foursquare meets LinkedIn on the Facebook platform. Beknown is professional networking with badges and accomplishments. It’s easy to dismiss the concept as derivative and unnecessary. After all, LinkedIn was there first and turning professional networking into a game could well have unintended consequences. And, who needs another social media time sink? But that sort of misses the point.
 

The Hidden Dimension

Topics: HRExaminer, John Sumser, Reviews, by John Sumser
In all contemporary Western societies, the labor shortage, driven by baby boomer demographics imposes additional cultural management requirements. With four observable native generations, and a host of immigrant cultures to boot, the modern workplace is a blend of nationalities, races and attitudes. Balancing the needs of each subgroup requires that the organization have a clear grasp of its overall culture and the relationship of the subgroup to the whole.
 

HREvolution and Bersin Impact

Topics: HRExaminer, John Sumser, Reviews, by John Sumser
So, one week with two extremely complementary events. If you were betting on money and deal flow, you’d head to the Bersin event. If you were building long term relationships with the next generation of leaders, you’d focus on HREvolution. Smart participants in the industry need to do both.
 

Does HR Hold Any Real Power?

Topics: HRExaminer, John Sumser, Reviews, by John Sumser
“HR’s vocal critics are predominantly male and focused on the department’s seeming inability to cash in its own chips while complaining about the need for more of them. A more useful approach might be to help HR Practitioners gain effectiveness in organizational politics or to help illuminate the real power that they hold.”
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Analytics Schmanalytics

Topics: HRExaminer, John Sumser, Reviews, by John Sumser
With all of the fuss about the integration of analytics into enterprise HR Systems, it’s pretty hard to tell the difference between what we used to call ‘reports’ and what we now call ‘workforce analytics’. While the reporting is increasingly precise (that means knowing exactly whose butt will be kicked at the next staff meeting and for what reasons), access to the information required to start solving the problem remains a challenge.
 

Social Intelligence

Topics: HRExaminer, John Sumser, Reviews, by John Sumser
On the firm Social Intelligence: The really interesting thing is that their execution model is a hybrid of technology and human infrastructure. If you’ve been following our view of the evolution of software, this is exactly what the next generation of software looks like. Software as a service is a service and it is increasingly about the people who deliver it. Social Intelligence gets a number of things right. Our bet is that they will be widely emulated and acquired early.
 

Who Pays?

Topics: John Sumser, Reviews, by John Sumser
I wonder whether the HR and Recruiting professionals who are a part of the mob calling BS on The Ladders understand the implicit conflict of interest in their stance.
 

HumanConcepts 2

Topics: HRExaminer, John Sumser, Reviews, by John Sumser
One of the strengths of the HumanConcepts approach is that it doesn’t focus on the repetition of best practices. Rather, it offers a relatively blank slate from which you can ask and answer questions that actually matter to your organization. Instead of offering abstract wisdom to a closeted group of workforce planners, the tool works best when there are real problems to be solved rooted in the organization’s actual performance data.