Hiring Former Athletes as a Recruiting Strategy – Genius or a Cop-Out?

Kris Dunn Hiring Bias, HR & Sports, Kris Dunn, Performance, Talent Strategy

Was with an SVP of a pretty cool company a couple of months back and he lamented what he considers to be a broken recruiting strategy—hiring former jocks for sales positions.  He considered the approach broken due to the track record of the “usual suspects” his company hired for AE spots—former jocks—but outlined that the primary reason for the systematic …

Steve Boese, Matt Stollak and Kris Dunn Report From The NBA Summer League

Kris Dunn Kris Dunn, Sports, Steve Boese, Talent Strategy

FOT had two writers in Las Vegas last weekend (Steve Boese and Kris Dunn) as well as a longtime friend (Matt Stollak) to cover the NBA Summer League. Together, they represent the majority of the 8-Man Rotation.  See the links below for their reports from Vegas: Steve Boese – 5 Quick Takes On Talent from the NBA Summer League Matt …

Dawn Burke Says All Your “Proactive” HR Talk is Garbage

Kris Dunn Dawn Burke, Organizational Development, Talent Strategy

Says the Bard known as Dawn H. Burke: “I have yet to see a proactive strategy actually work within 6 weeks of implementing it.  Why? Because at the end of the day, human emotion doesn’t follow any typical or predictable pattern you can trend forward. Do financial markets follow trends, yes. Your competition, yes.  How people buy your product, yes. …

5 HR and Talent Management Lessons from NBA Free Agency 2016

Steve Boese Career Paths, Compensation/Cash Money, HR & Sports, Steve Boese, Talent Strategy

Because you never, ever get tired of the ‘sports and HR/talent’ connection, strap in while I offer up the HR and talent management in the real world spin on five of the latest NBA free agent transactions of what has been a crazy week for the league,  and its teams, players and fans. Here goes… Let’s start with the biggest …

3 Ways To Avoid Hiring Nightmares

Kathy Rapp Always Be Closing, candidate experience, Career Paths, Communication, Culture, Employment Branding and Culture, Executive Search, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, Job Seeker Advice, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Recruiting, Selection, Talent Strategy

I hate hiring for myself. The kissing multiple frogs aspect before finding my prince/princess is tough. Rarely am I talking to someone where there’s not something I like or appreciate about them. It frankly sucks to spend time with someone you genuinely like, only to have to say “you’re not the one.” I also hate hiring because I’ve set the …

Real Life Recruiting From The Trenches: What Keeps Us Up At Night

Dawn Burke Always Be Closing, candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Dawn Burke, Digital Interviewing, HR, HR Technology, Recruiting, Talent Strategy

You read a lot about talent acquisition (that’s what fancy people call recruiting) from consultants, agencies and analysts paid to attend conferences. Who don’t you hear from? Corporate Recruiters. Corporate recruiters, in the trenches everyday, knocking it out for companies everywhere. Not for commission (in some cases), but for the love of the company. For the love of connecting. For …

Jon Snow Is Officially Tired of Everyone’s #### – FOT Webinar Preview

Kris Dunn Coaching, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, HR, Kris Dunn, Performance, Talent Strategy, Webinar

“Let me give you some counsel, bastard,” Lannister said. “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” “Remember this, boy: ‘All dwarfs may be bastards, yet not all bastards need be dwarfs.’ And …

Using Talent Data For The First Time… It’s Complicated.

RJ Morris Good HR, HR, HR Tech, HR Technology, Innovation, Outmatch, RJ Morris, Seat at the Table, Selection, Talent Strategy

Um, yeah. Talent Analytics, Data analysis, Big Data, Small Data. Heard about them? Of course you have. Lots of folks are on the HR circuit talking about data or selling tools so HR folks can better leverage data. Keep in mind, folks, lesson number one about HR data. It’s just like giving a turkey fryer to your cousin Eddie—make sure …

Do You Build Anything Different With Your Legos? Engagement Commodities Are Ruining Your Company

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Innovation, Paul Hebert, Talent Strategy

I read an article a while back with the headline: “Information is a Commodity. Your Story is Not.” The content of that post has nothing to do with this post other than the idea that no matter how well you research best practices and copy them for your organization, you are simply assembling commodities (information) in pretty much the same …

Employers Love Lesbians 9% More Than Heterosexual Women

Tim Sackett Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Compensation/Cash Money, Current Affairs, Good HR, Hiring Bias, HR, Talent Strategy, Tim Sackett

I love research. This is from a recent study by Economist: “Research into this area is tricky; getting decent data is hard, and asking people to reveal their sexual orientation can be even harder. But studies across the world (in Canada, America, Germany, Britain and the Netherlands) tend to uncover the same phenomenon; while gay men suffer an earnings penalty, …