In The Know: v1.37 Grab Bag Edition

On October 14, 2010, in John Sumser, The Go/The-Know, by John Sumser
Conventional wisdom is usually a disaster. An organization full of people with a solid work-life balance is liable to be both stress and profit free. As long as engagement is a surrogate for lower wages, it’s going to be a suspicious variable. User Generated (free) material, the heart of Marketing 2.0, Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0 and Work 2.0. The whole version 2.0 thing seems to be a wealth transfer scheme. Out of the pockets of users and employees and into the pockets of their organizations. The collaboration backbone depends on a level of commitment that could only be understood as workaholism.

That Thing You Do

On October 11, 2010, in John Sumser, The Go/The-Know, by John Sumser
When employers speak of finding passionate employees, they’re usually looking for people who will work for a discount. If you really love your work, you’ll do it for love and not money, or so the thinking goes. If you don’t think this is true, ask anyone who is on the passion bandwagon whether or not they pay extra for passion. They don’t. Ever. Yesterday, we took a look at the difference between talent and desire. The crazy level of emphasis on talent is distorting sound business practice. There’s something big missing from the conversation. The desire to succeed always produces superior work where talent is simply a question of potential.

In The Know v1.36 Social Media Relationships

On October 6, 2010, in John Sumser, The Go/The-Know, by John Sumser
There is no reliable set of terminology to describe or measure the structure, content or value of your social media experiments and the assets that result. Most effective practitioners realize that social value is something like fresh produce. It has a shelf life. You have to build and harvest value in a manner that resembles grocery store inventory management. We’re all learning about this stuff together. Here are five links (and a bonus) to help clarify your thoughts on value in social media.

Social Media Relationships II

On October 5, 2010, in John Sumser, The Go/The-Know, by John Sumser
* When new publishing and advertising technology takes root, the early adopters appear to have (and in some ways actually do have) more influence and authority than might otherwise be accorded them. Prowess with new technology can seem like subject matter expertise. Learning to tell the difference between publishing skills and functional utility is one of the new frontiers of literacy. Here at the dawn of the communications era, we are just beginning to learn to distinguish between friendship and advertising; between relationships and connections; between being a spam target and being valued; between a network and a mailing list; between your pipeline and my community.

In The Know v1.35 Workforce Analytics

On September 29, 2010, in John Sumser, The Go/The-Know, by John Sumser
In The Know v1.35 Workforce Analytics 5 Links (plus a bonus) to soup up your understanding of analytics in HR. Competing on Talent Analytics Jeremy Shapiro and his coauthors Thomas H. Davenport and Jeanne Harris, bring Human Capital Analytics to the heart of the business conversation. In this HBR article, they define a framework for […]

In The Know v 1.34 HR Program Management

On September 22, 2010, in John Sumser, The Go/The-Know, by John Sumser
The interesting thing (or at least one of them) is that Program Management is often executed by seasoned professionals rather than members of the management team. These entrepreneurial managers navigate politics, resource requirements and team integration by using funding and scheduling as leverage. Their jobs get really interesting when the subcontract or project is also run as a PMO. The approach is best demonstrated by the federal government. The notion that the government can be understood as a model for innovation is still hard for many to swallow. But, the government has been in the pure information business for most of its existence.

In The Know v1.32 Structural Unemployment

On September 7, 2010, in John Sumser, The Go/The-Know, by John Sumser
As an HR leader, you’d better have an opinion on the question. If this is structural unemployment, you may have a recruiting problem of serious import. If it isn’t, you can just wait for the tide to turn. Here are five links to spark your thinking on the subject.

In The Know v 1.31: Future of Work

On September 1, 2010, in John Sumser, The Go/The-Know, by John Sumser
In The Know v1.31 Five links for thinking about the Future of Work Steve Jobs In Concert Rental, Streaming, Subscription. That’s the model for digital rights management unveiled by Steve Jobs yesterday. It’s the future of music, video, books and other content. It’s the future of hirer-worker relationships. Some compensation, some variable pay, some licensing, […]

In The Know 1.28.1 More HR Transformation

On August 17, 2010, in John Sumser, The Go/The-Know, by John Sumser
Contemporary HR requires the use of workforce planning and standards. They don’t really make an organization’s HR function transform but they do create the opportunities to ask some of the right questions. The reasons that HR Analytics and detailed workforce planning are important may surprise you. Increasingly, the data used to define organizational performance will come from beyond its boundaries. Navigating that hurdle will require competence with internal analytics.

IN The Know v1.29 Transformation in HR

On August 16, 2010, in John Sumser, The Go/The-Know, by John Sumser
If you know the Starr Tincup reputation, you’re excused for wondering if this is manga about HR serial killers. The white paper gives you a top level view of the amazing research Starr Tincup has done into the HR profession. For instance, HR folks are not all cat ladies. 50% own a dog. The link takes you to a form to get a downloadable short white paper. A step in the transformation process involves rethinking the way we see ourselves.