Weird Science in Talent Management

John Whitaker John Whitaker, Science, Talent Management

It’s been a long time since I reached down into my bag of Physics metaphors, but like a bad penny or that weird dream about donuts and a water slide, a recurring set of principles continues to populate my mind. This time, the thanks goes to 6th grade Science homework – don’t make fun, it was actually quite difficult. For me, …

“Elect” to Make Change For The Better

John Whitaker Change Management, John Whitaker

Hey there FOT’ers, Whitaker here, being decidedly un-hip. You know what IS “hip” right now? The emotionally wrought, hyperbolic, “end of the world” post. President-Elect Donald Trump had a remarkable night, people are connecting the dots to Nostradamus, quoting Revelations, and Alec Baldwin is house-shopping in France (again.) Such drama, such hypocrisy, and such non-productive behavior. Exactly as it would have been …

Are You Tracking Recruiters? Or Spying?

John Whitaker John Whitaker, Performance, Recruiting

Trackers. The bane of every recruiter. Call trackers, “activity” trackers, shared trackers, weekly trackers, monthly trackers, “tick” sheets….no matter the name or the purpose, most recruiters I’ve managed consider these administrative tasks a waste of time at best, or micromanaging at the very least. I don’t blame them, really, nobody likes to tediously document what he or she does throughout …

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Meet The New Boss….

John Whitaker Career Paths, John Whitaker

Being the “new guy” is always an exciting position – something about that clean slate is invigorating, and you have the added benefit of saying “I’m new” for that 3 or 4 week honeymoon period when everybody loves you [shelf life of that phase varies]. It’s obviously a little different when you come into a leadership role; the “excitement” also comes with a …

Welcome? 3 (More) Challenges For the FNG

John Whitaker employee experience, John Whitaker, Onboarding, Organizational Development, Personal Brand, Social Media and Talent

Back in June, I wrote a post describing some of the initial pain points of re-entering the corporate world after years in a role as a consultant. Much of the challenge is acclimating to the new physical environment – dress codes, standard work hours, staff meetings and the like. All of the brick & mortar adaptations that initially shock our …

How To Build Your Internal Recruiting Practice

John Whitaker Always Be Closing, John Whitaker, Metrics, Recruiting

External recruiters are a crutch. I need to be careful with this one, lest I misrepresent my point, but hear me out. What is “recruiting?” Visit different companies and you’ll find the definition (and philosophy) differs quite a bit. Having been a rather frequent jumper the last 6 years, I’ve experienced many of these differences first-hand, and depending upon where …

Back Into The Frying Pan

John Whitaker Career Paths, Change, Communication, Culture, John Whitaker

For the last handful of years, I’ve been a free-range chicken, roaming from roost to roost spreading good cheer and occasional wisdom. The life of a consultant is one that doesn’t suit everyone, but for me it felt like a worn-in Birkenstock. Unfortunately, it’s a lifestyle that didn’t have the resiliency of a worn-in Birkenstock. Daddy needs new shoes. Yes, …

The Rx for Healthcare Recruiting

John Whitaker Recruiting

Don’t anyone go panic, but I believe we’ve reached a critical mass in healthcare recruiting. Remember all those cool “workforce planning” articles that started popping up 10-15 years ago, each warning about the reduced population of workers compared to the increasing amount of jobs and the wild-ass competitive hiring frenzy that would ensue? Well, howdy folks! In the healthcare sector—it’s here. …

Innovation Requires Touch

John Whitaker Audacious Ideas, Employment Branding and Culture, FOT Reads, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Innovation, John Whitaker

Fancy yourself a recruiting innovator? Probably so if you’re stopping by a site like FOT, where the lunatic fringe is in full bloom. So many evolutionary thinkers here and so many great ideas, it’s easy to start feeling like you can change the world. And you’re convinced you’ve got the opportunity to make things happen for your employer. You hear leadership …

Recruiting: Your Little Brother Is All Grown-Up

John Whitaker Always Be Closing, Business Development, Candidate Pool, Good HR, HR, John Whitaker, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing

Work in big corporations long enough and you start to recognize the caste system inherent in the professional community. R&D is indispensable, Manufacturing has to actually make the ideas come to life, and then somebody has to sell it, so Sales becomes critical as well. The “big 3” pillars in a company—discover it, make it, sell it. That leaves a lot of the “rest of …