Semantics, Monikers and Confusion… Just Sell the Freaking Popsicles, People!!!

Maren Hogan Candidate Pool, Leadership, Maren Hogan

As in LOTS of other fields, title inflation and semantics reign in HR. Actually, there are some (and you know who you are) that would rail against a recruiting firm even attempting to bandy the term HR about, but I digress. Talent Management, Human Capital, Recruiting, Headhunting, Employee Relations, Onboarding. And on and on we go. Our spellcheckers can’t even …

Should Direct Reports Help You Make Hiring Decisions?

Kris Dunn Culture, Interviewing, Leadership

Should you let your direct reports help you make hiring decisions?  I know, sounds obvious for most of you progressive talent managers out there. I’ve always been a part of fairly progressive teams in this area, where consensus-building interviewing was the norm.  My boss would be the one in charge, but all of his/her direct reports would have the ability …

All Stars, No Ditchdiggers – The Ocean’s Eleven/Netflix Staffing Model

Kris Dunn Culture, Interviewing, Leadership, Performance, Recruiting, Retention

Remember Danny Ocean from Ocean’s Eleven?  Ocean had all stars because he had referrals (he knew exactly who to hire for each job), he was offering lots of cash and gave each specialist lots of flexibility to run their part of the show. I recently riffed in my Workforce.com column that the world needs ditchdiggers too, meaning all of us …

The NFL Patriots – A Team-Based Culture That Survives Employee Turnover…

Kris Dunn Culture, Leadership, Onboarding, Salary Caps, Sourcing, Succession Planning

So the Patriots did just enough over the weekend to get past the Giants and become the first pro football team in history to go 16-0.   You can hate them, as many pro football fans do.  You can’t deny their success.  Here’s another thing Patriots haters can’t deny – the Patriots have one the strongest "team-first" cultures in all of …