FOT/HRCapitalist v. 4.0 Talent Management Blog Power Rankings – Our Top 25 Blogs!

We’re baaaaack!

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to version 4.0 of the Fistful of Talent/HR Capitalist Talent Management Blog Power Rankings. If you remember (or maybe you don’t want to…), the last go-round, we played off the March Madness theme and pitted talent management bloggers against one another. This time around, we decided to throw back to the original power rankings process. We looked at 130 talent, HR and recruiting related blogs and compiled our own list of the very, very best blogs. Check out the original poll methodology here (but note we looked at more blogs this time around and the lineup of folks ranking the blogs has changed slightly).

As with rankings we’ve done in the past, the pollsters selflessly gave up the right to have their blogs considered for ranking since here at FOT, we believe in free and fair elections. We’re not beyond giving our own folks link love though, so check out our blogs or sites of this round’s pollsters: Jessica Lee, Tim Sackett, Maren Hogan, Kelly Dingee, Jennifer McClure, Josh Letourneau, Paul Hebert and Kris Dunn.

And with that, here are our top 25 which we believe represent the best of the talent/recruiting/HR/human capital blogs (and welcome to those new to this particular round of the top 25, italicized!):

Ranking/Blog Name (Power Rating, Last Poll Ranking)

1.    cheezhead™ (Power Index Rating – 96 | 1st Place Votes – 1 | v. 2.0 ranking – #1)

2.    Your HR Guy (Power Index Rating – 72 | 1st Place Votes – 2 | v. 2.0 ranking  #6)

3.    HR Bartender (Power Index Rating – 68 | 1st Place Votes – 1 | v. 2.0 ranking – #17)

4.    Compensation Force (Power Index Rating – 66 | 1st Place Votes – 1 | v. 2.0 ranking – #4)

5.    Seth Godin (Power Index Rating – 57 | v. 2.0 ranking – #20)

6.    Punk Rock HR (power index rating – 51 | 1st place votes – 1 |  v. 2.0 ranking – tied #22)

7.    Renegade HR (power index rating – 49 | v. 2.0 ranking – N/A)

8.    TalentedApps (power index rating – 48 | v. 2.0 ranking – #24 + v. 4.0 winner!)

9.    The Recruiter Guy (power index rating – 47 | 1st Place Votes – 1 | v. 2.0 ranking – #2)

10.  All Things Workplace (power index rating – 45 | v. 2.0 ranking – #8)

11.  The Business of Management (power index rating – 44 | v. 2.0 ranking – #21)

12.  e-Recruitment/Social Workplace Blog  (power index rating – 41 | v. 2.0 ranking – N/A)

13.  Jon Ingham’s Strategic HCM  (power index rating – 37 | v. 2.0 ranking – N/A)

Personal Branding Blog – Dan Schawbel (power index rating – 37 | v. 2.0 ranking – #5)

15.  HR Thoughts  (power index rating – 37 | v. 2.0 ranking – N/A)

      Know HR  (power index rating – 37 | v. 2.0 ranking – N/A)

      HR Observations  (power index rating – 37 | v. 2.0 ranking – N/A)

      Freakonomics  (power index rating –  37 | 1st Place Votes – 1 | v. 2.0 ranking – N/A)

19.  Jim Stroud’s The Recruiters Lounge  (power index rating – 30 | v. 2.0 ranking – #3)

20.  Bob Sutton – The Working Life  (power index rating – 37 | v. 2.0 ranking – N/A)

21.  Fortify Your Oasis  (power index rating – 37 | v. 2.0 ranking – N/A)

22.  Great Leadership  (power index rating – 34 | v. 2.0 ranking – #10)

23.  (power index rating – 37 | v. 2.0 ranking – N/A)

24.  Brazen Careerist  (power index rating – 37 | v. 2.0 ranking – N/A)

25.  John Sumser’s Two Color Hat (power index rating – 37 | v. 2.0 ranking – N/A)

Falling out of the top 25 from version 2.0 of the rankings but still receiving votes were Employee Evolution, Learn @ Trizle, TalentMash by Kristin Gissarro, Andy Headworth’s Sirona Says, HRmarketer.comEvil HR Lady, Marketing, JibberJobber Blog, TalentedApps, Social Media Headhunter.

And also receiving votes but not quite enough to hack it in our top 25: Human Race Horses, JPIE: Human Capital Vendor Space,, Suits In The Work Place, Employee Factor, Amybeth Hale – Research Goddess, The Human Capitalist, Corporate Recruiting Diva, Gary Hamel’s Management 2.0, People Signals, Michael Specht, The Red Recruiter, Three Star Leadership Blog, Ask a Manager, Pseudo HR, Winning the Talent War, Workstream, Inc., Kevin Wheeler’s Over the Seas, Marketing, Success Common Sense, Execupundit, How We Work, Jobertalk, Frontline Leadership, Louise’s UK Recruiter Blog, The Contented Cow Blog, Blog Maverick, Workforce Insights, Free Exchange, HR Gumbo, HR Heroes, Human Markets, Boolean Blackbelt, Find + Attract, Everyone Hates HR, People Shark, Recruiting Fly Blog, Workforce Institute, Upstart HR, Vendorprisey, Ben Stein’s How Not to Ruin Your Life, Tom Peters! Blog, Intellectual Capital Consulting, Success Factors, Workers Comp Insider, Productivity BlogRecruiter’s Perspective, Good to Know, systematicHR.

So, what do you think? Did our voting do the talent management blogging community justice? Do you agree with the top 25? And will anyone ever take Cheezhead out of that number one spot? It’s impressive company to be in, that’s for sure… and we are humbled by your blogging awesomeness.

Until next time, folks…

FOT Background Check

Jessica Lee
Jessica Lee is a VP of TA at Marriott International where she leads a team that enables the company to think big, broad and boldly about all things talent acquisition and in effect, keeps them relevant and ahead of the curve in how they attract and acquire top talent. Don't be fooled by that fancy pants title and description though, she's still an everyday HR gal in the trenches at the core. SPHR certified, a decade and a half into trench HR life... she can whip up a corrective action plan or source for your purple squirrel in a heartbeat. Talk to Jessica via EmailLinkedInTwitter or Facebook... See Jessica's riffs and rants on Fistful of Talent here...


  1. Dan Schawbel says:

    Thanks for choosing the Personal Branding Blog. I think you listed the old blog here. The new one is under Appreciate it.

  2. Frank Roche says:

    Thanks so much, FOT Team. You guys really do great work and really do have a fistful of talent. It’s nice to be considered. Thanks so much for being included.

  3. What an awesome and amazing compilation of blogs in one place! I appreciate the consideration (and selection) and am honored to be included with such great company.

  4. Very nice. Now I have to update my google reader to make sure I’m caught up on all these great blogs!

  5. Jim Stroud says:

    It is always an honor to be considered among the best. Thank you FOT!

  6. I am happy to have received some votes for Human Race Horses. Maybe I’ll break that top 25 list next year!
    Great group of HR professionals doing a lot to move the profession forward collectively!
    Keep up the great work!

  7. What an awesome collection of blogs! I’m honored that HR Bartender is included in the list. Thanks FOT!

  8. Ann Bares says:

    Thanks Team FOT for taking the time to bring us this ranking. Very cool to be included in such great company!

  9. Wally Bock says:

    Interesting as always, gang. I do note some category creep, though. I’m puzzled by how Freakonomics or Seth Godin qualify as “talent management” blogs.

  10. jessica lee says:

    thanks for swinging by, everyone! glad to be part of this community.
    @wally… the category creep, i hear you. that’s the beauty of the rankings though… we’re all talent management pros and there are a lot different kinds of blogs that influence us – so that’s reflected on this list.

  11. Vanessa says:

    Wow, that’s awesome news! I’m thrilled, thanks so much, FOT.
    – Vanessa from Cheezhead

  12. I am VERY honored to be in the top 25 with such distinguished company.

  13. Meg Bear says:

    FOT team you guys are the best. Thanks for the support you have given to TalentedApps. We are honored and grateful.

  14. Lance Haun says:

    Thanks guys. I obviously need to deploy a different strategy in order to beat Cheezhead.

  15. Great…even more blogs to read every day. In all seriousness, the great blogs are a pleasure to read each day. It is the dreck that is such a pain.

  16. What a list! We’ll take an honorable mention with pride in such company. And thanks for helping me update my feeds!

  17. What an amazing group of people to be a part of. As a new blog we are thrilled just to be mentioned. HR Gumbo has been an incredible experience thus far. It’s fantastic to see how many talented people are out there and read their amazing works every day! Congrats to all!

  18. Esme Bean says:

    Wow that is a sweet list of Talent Management Power Rankings..thanks, I’ll be sure to check them all out.Glad to see Seth Godin on the list.

  19. Mary Ann says:

    What a great list! Thanks for running this.

  20. I think Cheezhead deserves to be number 1. They are really something else. And well done to all the others as well. Keep up the good work

  21. Some great blogs and some great information too – thanks for producing this top 25
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