FOT/HRCapitalist v. 6.0 Talent Management Blog Power Rankings – Our Top 25 Blogs!

On the surface, this is just a list – a list of the top 25 blogs in the talent management space as determined by this blog and its contributors. So what?! I know. Some of you think that lists don’t matter much. It’s a popularity contest after all. Or perhaps you think that too often lists are rigged or gamed so there’s no trusting them. Your glass is half empty though and I beg to differ.

Lists are important. You may not agree with any critic’s picks for a list – be it FOT or the Oscars – but lists are helpful, as they serve as a starting point to help you form your own opinion. And with talent management blogs, new blogs pop up here and there every other week, it seems – and it’s hard to keep up with everything going on in the blogosphere. You have day jobs and families and real life, off-line lives after all. So every quarter or so, we put out this list because we want to recognize folks out there who are doing some good thinking on their blogs. And we want you to possibly walk away with some new “bright spots.” And these other bloggers keep us on our toes and help us to continue to do what we do.

So, welcome to 2010 and here you have this decade’s first go-round of FOT’s top 25 blogs. Congrats to our winners – and thanks for always generating such fantastic content. We appreciate it.


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

1.    Steve Boese’s HR Technology (power index rating – 78 | v. 5.0 ranking – n/a)

2.    HR Bartender (power index rating – 75 | 1st place votes – 1 | v. 5.0 ranking – #5)

3.    Seth Godin (power index rating – 58 | 1st place votes – 1  | v. 5.0 ranking – n/a)

4.    Know HR  (power index rating – 55 | v. 5.0 ranking – #10)

5.    The View from Harvard Business  (power index rating – 47 | 1st place votes – 1 | v. 5.0 ranking – n/a)

6.    The Business of Management (power index rating – 46 | v. 5.0 ranking – n/a)

7.    Trizle (power index rating – 41 | 1st Place Votes – 2  | v. 5.0 ranking – n/a)

       HR Observations  (power index rating – 41 | v. 5.0 ranking – n/a)

       The Recruiter Guy (power index rating – 41 | v. 5.0 ranking – #8)

10.  John Sumser’s Two Color Hat (power index rating – 40 | v. 5.0 ranking – n/a)

11.  Compensation Force (power index rating – 39 | v. 5.0 ranking – #7)

       Rehaul (formerly Your HR Guy) (power index rating – 39 | v. 5.0 ranking  #10)

       Punk Rock HR (power index rating – 39 | v. 5.0 ranking – #4)

14.  Simply Lisa (formerly HR Thoughts)  (power index rating – 36 | v. 5.0 ranking – #16)

15.  Jon Ingham’s Strategic HCM  (power index rating – 34 | v. 5.0 ranking – n/a)

16.  Compensation Cafe  (power index rating – 31 | v. 5.0 ranking – #27)

17.  HR Gumbo  (power index rating – 28 | v. 5.0 ranking – n/a)

18.  All Things Workplace (power index rating – 27 | v. 5.0 ranking – #3)

19.  Renegade HR (power index rating – 25 | v. 5.0 ranking – #23)

20.  Upstart HR (power index rating – 24 | 1st Place Votes – 1 | v. 5.0 ranking – n/a)

21.  Marketing Headhunter (power index rating – 22 | v. 5.0 ranking – n/a)

      Welcome to the Occupation (power index rating – 22 | v. 5.0 ranking – n/a)

23.  HR Ringleader  (power index rating – 21 | v. 5.0 ranking – n/a)

24.  How We Work (power index rating – 19 | v. 2.0 ranking – n/a)

      HR Fishbowl (power index rating – 19 | v. 2.0 ranking – n/a)

As with past rankings, you can check out the original poll methodology here (but note we looked at more blogs this time around – more than 160 – and the lineup of folks ranking the blogs has changed slightly too). Cheers to our newest winners!

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. Many thanks to everyone at FOT for recognizing HR Bartender. I’m honored to be included. Congratulations to all of the other terrific bloggers listed. You inspire me every day.

  2. FOT rocks!
    In addition to the recognition (thank you), you’ve created a way for newer bloggers with different voices to enter and “move up the charts.” That’s as it should be and gives those of us who have been here a while a chance to see and hear fresh ideas and approaches.
    Nice going. . .

  3. Steve Boese says:

    Thanks so much for the inclusion on your rankings. I really appreciate it, although I have to admit I am kind of waiting for an email from Jessica or Sackett telling me that I have just been punked.
    Seriously, thanks again and I will try not to embarrass you guys with my future posts.

  4. Paul Smith says:

    Thank you Fistful of Talent for the recognition. I’m truly grateful to be included on this list.

  5. Dawn Hrdlica @dawnHRrocks says:

    Viva la HR Bloggers—Fantastic job to all. You should all be proud. Thanks for keeping HR cool and relevant.
    Your FOT rookie castmember–Dawn

  6. Ann Bares says:

    Thanks to Team FOT on behalf of Compensation Force and the Compensation Cafe – we appreciate the chance to be recognized as part of such an awesome group of HR bloggers.
    Big congrats to everybody listed here!!

  7. Lance Haun says:

    Thanks for the recognition. Always appreciated!

  8. Frank Roche says:

    Thanks so much, Team FOT. It’s an honor.

  9. Charlie Judy says:

    Honored to be considered on any list with these other bloggers. And it’s a great list – I’ve learned a lot from reading each of these blogs (and yours too FOT). Thanks Again!
    HR Fishbowl

  10. Thank you for the recognition FOT. It is an honor.

  11. FOT team- thanks for including me. It means a lot to be included with this group. I’m a true fan too. I will say that now I’ll have to deal w/Boese bragging that he’s #1 and I’m #23. lol

  12. Jess Booth says:

    #needsmoreaussies lol. Awesome list- thanks heaps.

  13. Fantastic list as usual. I’m honored to have made it and love the fact that there are more people listed here to add to my reader than before.
    Great stuff as usual, FoT gang. Thanks!

  14. Great list here. While I read and know a bunch of folks on the list, I look forward to checking out the others!

  15. JKP says:

    My belated resolution is to now follow all 25. I am inspired to make next year’s list. Thanks for the work and wisdom.

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  18. Jack O'Ryan says:

    The older I get the more I need list..otherwise I just never get anything done….

  19. gafas de sol says:

    FOT rocas!
    Además del reconocimiento (gracias), que ha creado un camino para los nuevos bloggers con voces diferentes para entrar y “moverse hacia arriba en las listas.” Eso es como debe ser, y nos da a los que han estado aquí desde hace tiempo una oportunidad para ver y escuchar nuevas ideas y enfoques.
    Bien hecho. . .

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