You’re 10 Years Too Late To Get Amazon. Maybe 30.

RJ Morris Business Development, Current Affairs, RJ Morris

Here was the press release intro: Amazon today announced plans to open Amazon HQ2, a second company headquarters in North America. Amazon expects to invest over $5 billion in construction and grow this second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. Then mayors and governors lost their ever loving minds.  $5B and 50k tech jobs. Sign me up. …

4 Ways To NOT Get My Business

John Whitaker Business Development, John Whitaker

It’s part of the game, we all understand. As long as “buyers” exist, there will always be “sellers.” Now, in an age of increasing transparency, there are multiple ways for the two to connect – some ways much better than others. So, realizing this is part of the way business is conducted, I attempt to be courteous to the vendors …

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 …

Business Travel Will Expand Your Horizons

Laurie Ruettimann Audacious Ideas, Business Development, Culture, Employment Law, Labor, Laurie Ruettimann, Learning

I’m about to visit Havana on a cultural exchange mission. America is sending over some of its best and brightest HR leaders to talk about staffing, workplace issues, and labor market concerns. Should be an interesting trip. Cuba wonders why the hell we’re not sending back Beyonce and Jay Z! Americans don’t know Cuba. My in-laws honeymooned in Havana in …

Four Things that Make a Business Builder

RJ Morris Always Be Closing, Business Development, Candidate Pool, Driving Productivity, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Recruiting, RJ Morris

Twitter is in the news a lot lately, with the return of Jack Dorsey as its CEO. Some stories revolve around Dorsey and his relationship with Fred Wilson, a relatively famous venture capitalist who writes at avc.com. Wilson has some great insight into what he looks at when picking a business leader—not an Ops person, but a leader. I like Wilson’s …

Talent Acquisition is a Zero-Sum Game

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Business Development, Contingent Workforce, Digital Interviewing, Good HR, HR, Selection, Succession Planning, Tim Sackett

There is a mathematical concept called Zero-Sum. What is says is basically when one person, organization, etc. will gain, there is an equal loss by another person, organization, etc. of that exact same amount. An example might be market share of a corporation: If GM has 17% market share of U.S. car buyers, and it gains 1% to 18% total market …

5 Things You Should Know This Week

Cara Lucas Business Development, Candidate Pool, Cara Lucas, The HR Profession, This Week in HR

Welcome back to another great week with FOT! Check out these 5 articles to get your Monday started right: 1. Millennials Who Are Thriving Financially Have One Thing in Common: These, however, are not your run-of-the-mill Millennials. Nope. These Millennials have something very special: rich parents. 2. The 6 Secrets to Getting Mentored by the Best in the Business: Who are they? Where are …

Think Like A Marketer: The LD Edition

Chelsea Rowe Business Development, Chelsea Rowe, Driving Productivity, Learning, Learning and Development

Let’s face it. So much of what we do in the HR/talent management space is marketing. Holland Dombeck McCue has drawn the parallels between recruiting and marketing like an artist, and if you’ve missed it… well that’s just a shame because “recruit like a marketer” is damn good advice. “Think like a marketer” is also damn good advice for L&D pros. …

Using the Sunk Costs Concept to Manage Performance

RJ Morris Business Development, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, HR, Retention, RJ Morris, Talent Strategy

Want a little insight into the educational background of your FOT contributor today? I started off as a business major at a state school, took Accounting 101, flunked it, and became an English major. I have a Masters in Irish Literature and work in Human Resources, and today we are going to talk about economics and Sunk Costs.  Seriously. Sunk …

People With High Standards (Like Jim Harbaugh) Wear People Out

Tim Sackett Business Development, Candidate Pool, Change Management, Coaching, College Recruiting, Digital Interviewing, FOT Reads, Games, Good HR, Hiring Bias, HR, HR & Sports, HR Tech, HR Technology, Tim Sackett

FOT Note:  We here at FOT like to think we get talent and HR at a different level. At the very least, we are probably going to have a different take than the norm.  That’s why we recently onboarded HireVue as an annual sponsor at FOT, where they’ll sponsor posts like this one, allowing FOT contributors to write without restriction …