FOT/HRCapitalist v. 7.0 Talent Management Blog Power Rankings – Our Top 25 Blogs!

One of the reasons why I so like our quarterly talent management blog rankings is its fluid nature. Who comes out as top dog changes with almost every round of rankings. New bloggers emerge, old bloggers fade away… and though someone always has something to say about the validity of our list, we continue to do the rankings because there’s so much great content being pumped out by our fellow HR and recruiting colleagues – and practitioners no less. Folks in the trenches everyday like yours truly and FOT founder, Kris Dunn. And for me – that fact alone is proof that we are evolving and progress indeed is being made to further our profession. In fact, more than a third of the top blogs we highlight are written by true practitioners. Not pundits, not former practitioners turned consultants but good ole, real life practitioners. And I think that’s neat.

With this seventh iteration of the rankings, we see some interesting developments… the last round’s number one blog, Steve Boese’s HR Technology blog is no longer on the list as he has joined the FOT crew (yeah!) and we typically leave our blogs off of the rankings. If you somehow missed it, check out his brilliant blog post yesterday… believe it or not, it was FOT’s first Star Wars related post. That made room for a new king of talent management blogs – enter the picture Lance Haun’s Rehaul. If you’ve ever seen the flick, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, you already know Lance very well. He is HR’s own Benjamin Button. Seemingly born an old man with all the wisdom, insight and patience that comes with years and years of experience. It’s quite amazing. He’s a good guy to know, and we like calling him a fellow blogger. And you’ll learn a lot from reading Rehaul if you aren’t already – so be sure to subscribe and also take a moment to check out some of our other top 25 blogs… you’ll also learn a thing or two from the others. (And if you need some help subscribing to these blogs, you’re in luck. Our former #1, Steve, has hooked you up here.)

Congrats to our top 25. Y’all keep us on our toes and push us to keep blogging!

Name (Power Rating, Last Poll Ranking)

1.    Rehaul (formerly Your HR Guy) (power index rating –  88 | 1st place votes – 3  | v. 6.0 ranking  #11)

2.    HR Bartender (power index rating –  84 | 1st place votes –  2 | v. 6.0 ranking – #2)

3.    Talented Apps  (power index rating –  63 | v. 6.0 ranking – n/a)

4.    Know HR  (power index rating – 61 | v. 6.0 ranking – #4)

5.    HR Ringleader  (power index rating –  58 | v. 6.0 ranking – #23)

6.    Compensation Force (power index rating – 57 | v. 6.0 ranking – #11)

7.    Simply Lisa(formerly HR Thoughts)  (power index rating – 56 | v. 6.0 ranking -#14)

8.    The View from Harvard Business  (power index rating – 54 | 1st place votes – 1 | v. 6.0 ranking – #5)

9.    Compensation Cafe  (power index rating – 53 | v. 6.0 ranking – #16)

10.  HR Fishbowl (power index rating – 49 | v. 6.0 ranking – #24)

11.  John Sumser’s Two Color Hat (power index rating – 47 | v. 6.0 ranking – #10)

12.  Boolean Blackbelt (power index rating – 46 | v. 6.0 ranking – n/a)

13.   Punk Rock HR (power index rating – 46 | v. 6.0 ranking – #11)

14.  Brand for Talent  (power index rating – 44 | v. 6.0 ranking – n/a)

15.  HR Observations  (power index rating – 41 | v. 6.0 ranking – #7)

16.  Jon Ingham’s Strategic HCM  (power index rating – 38  v. 6.0 ranking – #15)

17.  Welcome to the Occupation (power index rating – 37 | v. 6.0 ranking – #21)

18.  Creative Chaos Consultant  (power index rating – 36 | v. 6.0 ranking – n/a)

19.  Renegade HR (power index rating – 35 | v. 6.0 ranking – #19)

20.  Upstart HR (power index rating – 34 | v. 6.0 ranking – #20)

21.  All Things Workplace (power index rating – 33 | v. 6.0 ranking – #18)

 22. How We Work (power index rating – 33 | v. 6.0 ranking – #24)

23. Seth Godin (power index rating – 25 | 1st place votes – 1  | v. 6.0 ranking – #3)

 24. The Sirona Says Blog (power index rating – 25 | v. 6.0 ranking – n/a)

25. Three Star Leadership Blog  (power index rating – 23 | v. 6.0 ranking – n/a)

Cheers to our blogging friends. You guys keep us motivated more than you probably know. And we’re totally honored to have you as colleagues. And for everyone else, 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).

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 FOT for continuing to recognize bloggers for their contributions. And congratulations to all of the terrific writers on the list! I’m honored to be included with such greatness.

  2. Thanks Guys!!
    Not often my SironaSays blog would come in a joint position with the mighty Seth Godin 🙂
    (Just wondering if he is saying that about me at the moment? ha ha ha……)
    Great list as always!

  3. Ann Bares says:

    Thanks on behalf of Compensation Force and my awesome colleagues at the Compensation Cafe – we appreciate the recognition (and all the work that goes into pulling off such a ranking) from the FOT gang. What a great list of bloggers – and how cool to be mentioned among them!

  4. Many thanks to FOT and HR Capitalist for this labor of HR/talent/recruitment luv and for recognizing new writers. Each and everytime this list is published, I add new blogs to my reader.

  5. Steve Boese says:

    Congratulations to all the great bloggers on the list!

  6. Charlie Judy says:

    Thanks, FOT, for bestowing your esteem on HR Fishbowl…it truly is an honor and it keeps me committed to writing even on those days when I feel like it’s a waste of my time (and every one else’s). This has been a lot of fun and I look forward to more. Thanks again to all of you and what you do for our great industry!

  7. Lance Haun says:

    Thanks guys, really. I’m not sure what to make of the Benjamin Button comment but any favorable comparison to Brad Pitt is alright I suppose. I read all of these blogs and they are all deserving of being on this list.

  8. Paul Smith says:

    Thank you to everyone at FOT for the votes of confidence. Reaching your Top 25 list again makes it worth all the hard work and long hours that go into making Welcome to the Occupation. Plus being on the same list with these great bloggers is quite an honor. Thank you.

  9. Meg Bear says:

    Thanks FOT for including TalentedApps. Special thanks to Steve Boese for joining FOT and making room for the rest of us 😉

  10. Frank Roche says:

    Thanks again to Team FOT! I’m delighted — our whole gang at KnowHR is…cheers!

  11. Karla Porter says:

    Nice job to all my HR blogger friends on the list =)

  12. It’s a privilege to be included with so many writers I admire and read every day. You all make me learn and grow. Thanks FOT for the recognition. You all rock!

  13. Chris Young says:

    What a great collection of blogs – thanks for putting this together! I’ve shared your list with my readers in my weekly Rainmaker top five blog picks of the week (found here: to make them aware of your rankings and help introduce them to these great thought leaders.
    Be well!

  14. Victorio_M says:

    Sweet-I made the list! Now I have to stay on the list…
    Thank you, FOT crew, for the recognition. I’m humbled and honored to be included.

  15. sara says:

    Glad to see great bloggers getting appropriate recognition because they do a great service. Our hospital was directed to HealthcareSource via a tip from a blogger, and we couldn’t be happier! They have a new whitepaper download you all might be interested in reading “>> here

  16. Congrats – A lot of great writing and perspectives! Would love to be considered for the next one!

  17. Caroline says:

    GREAT list of blogs, especially for those of us just starting out with social media strategies. I love the quirkiness of some of them– interesting design makes for interesting reading! Maybe one day we’ll make it onto the list!

  18. I’m thankful on behalf of the Remuneration Committee of force, and my wonderful colleagues in the compensation of coffee we appreciate the recognition and all the work that comes out as a bandleader of the OFT. What a great list of bloggers and how cool that is mentioned among the!

  19. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my weblog so i came to “return the favor”.
    I’m attempting to find things to enhance my web site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

  20. great points altogether, you just won a new reader. What may you
    suggest in regards to your submit that you just made some days ago?
    Any certain?

  21. Hi, I think your website might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your blog site in Chrome, it
    looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it
    has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!

    Other then that, excellent blog!

    my website more information

  22. Christen says:

    Individuals are delicate now and they can be easily harm.

    It’s all in the playing cards or in the thoughts of a psychic or clairvoyant.
    Individuals may be trying to place words into someone else’s mouth.

    Feel free to surf to my homepage Review of AskNow (Christen)

  23. I savor, result in I found just what I was having a look for.
    You’ve ended my four day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great
    day. Bye

    Look into my site; search results

Trackbacks for this post

  1. Social Tech Team: Lisa Rosendahl » HR Mouth of the South | HR Mouth of the South

Comments are now closed for this article.

Contact Us | Hire FOT to Speak | About FOT