Made You Think Twice v1.01

On June 26, 2011, in John Sumser, The Go/The-Know, by John Sumser
Here are two head-turning links from the web this week that will make you step back and think twice. The Web Is Shrinking from Ben Elowitz, CEO of Wetpaint and A Day Without Distraction from Cal Newport.

The Web Is Shrinking.

On June 25, 2011, in John Sumser, The Go/The-Know, by John Sumser
Check out: The Web Is Shrinking.. Fascinating stats on the overall growth of the web. If you take away Facebook’s astonishing growth rates, the rest of the web is actually shrinking. That means the older style web, rooted in documents and static pages is in decline. The article goes on to make a distinction between […]

HREvolution Session Notes

On May 26, 2011, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, The Go/The-Know, by John Sumser
I remain a little befuddled about the strengths and weaknesses of the Bersin Impact Show and HRevolution. The two events combined give you a really clear picture of what is right and what is wrong in contemporary HR.  Where Bersin’s event is a clear example of using data to drive credibility, the HRevolution folks do […]

The Marketing Conversation

On May 24, 2011, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, More2Know, The Go/The-Know, by John Sumser
When you look at the majority of the material that flows from the marketing departments of our industry, you have to wonder if the idea that ‘markets are conversations’ ever penetrated our world. Loud shouting and ridiculous claims drown out any possibility of nuanced conversation. It is completely impossible to tell the difference between one vendor’s claims and the next.

In The Know v 2.05: Changing Management Styles

On February 3, 2011, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, The Go/The-Know, by John Sumser
Following up on last week’s edition of In The Know, we have another ‘fistful’ of notable movements in the management universe. As the economy regains its footing, expect to hear a lot more about techniques that rearrange management approaches. There will be a heavy emphasis on startups and a deep desire to eliminate meetings and endless planning sessions.

In The Know v 2.04 Hodgepodge

On January 27, 2011, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, The Go/The-Know, by John Sumser
This week’s five links are a collection of cats, dogs and a chicken. We’re working in a time of extreme social change. It’s really hard to tell the difference between noise and information. Even honesty and integrity are hard to fathom. In this sort of climate, people search desperately for a box to fit into.

In The Know v2.03 The Role of Talent

On January 21, 2011, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, The Go/The-Know, by John Sumser
The “War for Talent” rhetoric is about 10 years old. It’s an awful way to describe the fact that there is a steep competition for a certain kind of employee. There’s really no such thing in the ranks of the over 40 crowd, the ethnic population or the trench level workforce. The focus on competition for scarce resurces shifts our attention away from more pertinent questions like “how to make the most out of what you have”.

In The Know v 2.01: More Influence

On January 5, 2011, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, 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.

HR Carnival: Bone Picker Edition (In the Know v 1.39)

On October 27, 2010, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, The Go/The-Know, by John Sumser
The sea of self promoting HR bloggerisms rises up to meet the shore in the HR Carnival. Each month’s postings are a good source of traffic and the smart marketers of the HR blogosphere are ready. Since all you have to do is send a link to the editor of the month, it’s easy for folks to submit their work. This month’s submittals ranged from completely naive or downright stupid to insightful or provocative. Rather than editing out the relatively useless, I took this as an opportunity to discover the conversation implicit in even the most off base submittals.

In The Know v1.38: About Those People

On October 22, 2010, in John Sumser, The Go/The-Know, by John Sumser
It’s surprising how little attention gets paid to the people in an organization. All of the falderal about weighing in on strategy seems to lose sight of HR’s fundamental role: the care, feeding and cultivation of the people in the organization. All tools, from software to compliance regulations are guides in this fundamental mission. This week’s links are designed to make you think about some of the aspects of the real human part of HR.