Career Security – Find a National Micro-Niche and Live Where You Want to Live…

Kris Dunn Career Paths, Culture, Innovation, Kris Dunn

In this world of plant closings, offshoring and general economic upheaval, I’ve become a big believer in the value of developing your personal brand.  Part of developing that personal brand is clearly communicating who you are and the value you provide those who associate with you.  Another big component to personal branding?  Finding your micro-niche. With the world shrinking daily, …

Employees Will be Part of the Matrix

Paul Hebert Career Paths, Driving Productivity, HR Technology, Innovation, Paul Hebert, Performance

“One of the most promising laboratories for the Numerati is the workplace, where every keystroke, click, and e-mail can be studied.” One would think that the above quote is from a recently found rough draft of the Orwell book 1984, but it is part of the introduction to an article about a new book by Stephen Baker called “The Numerati.”  …

The 5 Sweetest Jobs in Talent Management…

Kris Dunn Career Paths, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kris Dunn, Recruiting, Retention

Check out my latest Workforce column, where I’m riffing on the 5 Sweetest Jobs in HR and Talent Management… Lots of cool titles, like "Employment Branding Specialist", were considered, but ultimately didn’t make the cut – mainly because I really couldn’t find enough people who actually held that type of title…. To give you a flavor, here’s #2 in the …

Defining Talent Management – Time to Make the Donuts….

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Career Paths, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR Technology, Kris Dunn, Leadership, Onboarding, Performance, Sourcing, Succession Planning

Probably one of the biggest things to get our head around at Fistful of Talent is the whole definition thing.  After all, talent management has all the underpinnings for inclusion in buzzword bingo.  With that in mind, what the h#*l does it actually mean? For me, the definition of talent management is pretty simple at a top level.  It starts …

The College Degree – An Entry Ticket and 2 Educations in 1…

Beth Koberman Beth Kobermann, Career Paths, Generations, Social Media

Want to see what weakness looks like?  The following excerpt is from a contributor on EmployeeEvolution.com: The lie is simply this, “You can do anything you want so long as (sic) get a college education.”… As if my naive ways weren’t bad enough, I also assumed it didn’t matter what you majored in… I had to learn the hard way …

The Cost of Talent – Dice-K (Red Sox) vs. the 2007 Cleveland Indians Payroll

Kris Dunn Career Paths, Compensation/Cash Money, Recruiting, Sourcing, Succession Planning

Paying a little more for talent is OK.  But diminishing returns follow to anyone, including an organization like the Yankees, who pays 3x as much for the same number of "employees" as their competitors.  Case in point – the Cleveland Indians, who crushed the Yankees with less than 1/3 of the New York payroll (61M to 195M). Flash to Game …