090713 The Reformatting

On July 13, 2009, in All, Generational Demographics, Industry Analysis, John Sumser, JohnSumser.com, by John Sumser
The Reformatting Robert Reich, the Clinton era Labor Secretary, offers a wise view of the outcome of our current economic turmoil. In ‘When Will The Recovery Begin? Never‘, Reich outlines his view that the next phase will not be a traditional ‘recovery’. Rather, since we’re starting over, Reich sees the next wave of economic behavior […]

090710 Useful Links

On July 10, 2009, in Daily Links, Job Boards, John Sumser, JohnSumser.com, by John Sumser
Thought for the Day: Treating people like resources. Novel concept. It would mean not using them when you don’t need them. Like Santa Claus in January United Breaks Guitars Here’s what employees mean to your company. When this guy sings his song about your company, it’s not liable to be about your computers or other […]

090710 Three Legs

On July 9, 2009, in Industry Analysis, John Sumser, by John Sumser
Three Legs There are three separate components of any HR organization: the Generalist function, Learning and Development (Training-OD) and Talent Acquisition (Recruiting). For much of the discipline’s history, the generalists owned the career track. Both Recruiting and Training were castaway elements from a career track perspective. As the question of “Talent Management” became a legitimate […]

090709 Free Links

On July 9, 2009, in Daily Links, John Sumser, by John Sumser
090709 Free Links Thought for the Day: Authenticity is a problem in organizational communications,not so much in interpersonal stuff. The audience determines  who is or isn’t authentic. That’s the bad news about working with an audience. href=”http://www.scribd.com/doc/17135767/FREE-full-book-by-Chris-Anderson”>Free There’s a new book called “Free”. Just as you’d bet, the whole thing is free and online. Chris […]

090708 Top 100

Top 100 Most Influential People In HR – Recruiting. These days, I’m spending a lot of time on the Top 100 Influencers Project. Twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays), I publish an additional  piece of the work. So far, I’ve profiled a dozen people and written about influence from a number of perspectives. It’s an […]

090707 #socialrecruiting links

On July 7, 2009, in Daily Links, John Sumser, Social Recruiting, by John Sumser
Thought for the Day: Understanding your world offer requires constant curiosity. The Linguistics of ReTweets Dan Zarella is a tweet statistics machine. In this piece, he disects the content of a warehouse full of 140 character messages. The idea is to look for clues about the way people spread ideas. Zarella exemplifies the kind of […]

090707 Authenticity

On July 6, 2009, in HR Trends, Industry Analysis, John Sumser, Social Software, by John Sumser
This short piece appeared on the interbiznet website in 1996 as an introduction to the then forthcoming 1997 Electronic Recruiting Index. It was a part of a chapter on great website design. There was little else available on website design principles at the time. I’m pretty sure it was the first mention of “authenticity” as […]

090630 Dissonance

On June 30, 2009, in Futures, Industry Analysis, John Sumser, Recruiting Wisdom, by John Sumser
Dissonance People have maps of the world that they carry around in their heads. Accumulated experience, conventional wisdom and the insight of the people and institutions that influence us shape our worldview. Certain that we have a handle on the truth, we move through our reality as if we had a clear picture. We make […]

090630 #socialrecruiting Links

On June 30, 2009, in Daily Links, John Sumser, Social Recruiting, by John Sumser
Thought for the Day: “Twitter produces ambient intimacy.” @Leisa Programming Contests, Community, and Business Master Burnett pointed out the TopCoder Open as an example of markets in which people compete (as an alternative to Recruiting). He  professional imagines that competitive frameworks will outstrip more rigid assessment processes as a way of producing top performers. It’s […]

090624 #socialrecruiting Links

On June 24, 2009, in Daily Links, John Sumser, Social Recruiting, by John Sumser
Thought for the Day: “Systems are not neutral. They have natural biases.” Kevin Kelly Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009 (via Gautam Ghosh) It’s interesting that Twitter is seen as a ‘learning tool’. Topping this list from the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies are a set of social media tools. The poll, a sort […]