The Headhunters Are Coming … Are You Ready?

Josh Letourneau Joshua Letourneau, Retention, Working With Recruiters

The Assassins lay in wait.  The Ninjas hone their resolve.  The Samurai sharpen their swords in silence.  Yes, it is time — like the “White Walkers” on HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’, the Headhunters are coming. As the new dawn awakes from the cold winter of the recession, there is one thing Organizations can count on – the Headhunters are coming …

911 Is a Joke … And So Are Most Performance Assessments…

Josh Letourneau Joshua Letourneau, Organizational Development, Performance, Social Network Analysis

Get up, get, get down… 911 is a joke in yo’ town. Unfortunately, so are the majority of performance assessments. And no, it doesn’t take sporting a Viking Helmet to realize the why behind the ineptitude. It’s because they’re nothing more than how one human being (usually a Manager) rates another. As we all know, that ‘rating’ is littered by …

HR Psychographics: “Observable Distaste for Team Sports” While Clinging to Empty Relics of “Human Capital”…

Josh Letourneau Audacious Ideas, HR, Joshua Letourneau, Organizational Development, Recruiting, Social Network Analysis, Social Recruiting

I don’t know about any of you, but I’m straight-up interested in the upcoming research about How HR Thinks and Feels. And if you think I’m saying this because FOT has some stake in it, that just aint true.  Even FOT’s own Tim Sacket wrote a skeptical post about the research, reminding us that we need to be careful forming …

“Small Worlds” Thinking: Breakin’ Down the Talent Pools…

Josh Letourneau Candidate Pool, Executive Search, Influence, Joshua Letourneau, Recruiting, Science, Social Media, Social Network Analysis, Social Recruiting, Sourcing

Need some Recruiting & Sourcing Juice to get you going these days?  Feel like you’re connecting with lots of people in the Talent Pool, but they’re not yielding the information you’d like (referrals, intel, leads, “word on the street”, etc.)?  Perhaps it’s time to step back and think about the structure of the Talent Pool itself . . . Before …

02/14/11 – The Day IBM’s Watson Tapped Out the Boolean Cash Cow…

Josh Letourneau Current Affairs, HR Technology, Joshua Letourneau, Sourcing

Within the Recruiting, Sourcing, Talent Acquisition, and HR World, February 14 was likely a day that came and went without much notice. Yet make no mistake – 02/14/11 is the day that changed our profession forever as the Boolean Cash Cow was abruptly tapped out and fell over dead.  Let me explain… If you tuned into Jeopardy! during the early …

A CEO Keeps It Real — Here’s Why We Should Love It

Josh Letourneau Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, Engagement and Satisfaction, Innovation, Joshua Letourneau

Last September, Stephen Elop, former Head of Business Development at Microsoft, was hired into Nokia as their new turnaround CEO. My guess is that he took the last few months to assess the true challenges he was looking at. They are steep, make no mistake. Apple changed the mobile game and now owns the high-end market, growing from 25% market …

TheLadders: More Cirque Du Soleil Than Evil Empire…

Josh Letourneau HR Tech, Job Boards, Joshua Letourneau

Many of you know that a few of us FOT Peeps attended the #PositionAccomplished Summit at The Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District of New York City last week.  Given the mix of trench HR Pros’, Rockstar Consultants (like Mark Stelzner), and the Three Wise Men of Recruiting (Gerry Crispin, Kevin Wheeler, and John Sumser), we had a vibrant conversation …

No Applications, Only Commitments: A Thought on “Employer Branding”

Josh Letourneau Culture, Joshua Letourneau, Recruiting

“We don’t accept applications.  Only commitments.” Some messages are profound in their simplicity, leaving a clear and distinct impression. Some messages burn into our pysche and kindle our desire to be truly special. Some messages are so different, so unique, so non status-quo, that they lead us to take action. The above is a perfect example. So whose recruitment advertising …

When “Losing Bob” Is More than Just “Losing Bob” …

Josh Letourneau Employee Relations, Joshua Letourneau, Recruiting, Social Network Analysis

It’s a cold Monday morning as Suzy sips her first cup of coffee for the day and reflects on her surprise when Bob turned in his notice last Friday. Being that Bob had been around for 5 years, Suzy asked herself what led him to start thinking about outside opportunities.  Further, who would really be so interested in Bob in …

When It Comes to Social Recruiting, ROI Stinks As a Worthwhile Measure…

Josh Letourneau Joshua Letourneau, Metrics, Social Recruiting, Trench HR

ROI (“Return on Investment”).  We just gotta get us some ‘cuz it feels so good.  It’s become the drug we believe is going to solve all our business problems – so when we need a cash injection to fuel our newly burgeoning Social Recruiting programs and initiatives, we’ve been taught to think that all we need is a fancy excel …