Talent Primer – Was That Milli Vanilli at the Beijing Olympics?

Kris Dunn Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kris Dunn, Recognition

Was Milli Vanilli performing in spirit at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics?  Girl, you know it’s true… If given a choice when selecting talent, do you go with skills and aptitude or are you more apt to select the prettiest face?  Right – you go with the skills, because you’re a knowledgeable broker of talent, immune to the …

Executives Need to “Eat the Dog Food” When It Comes to Company Culture…

Paul Hebert Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert, Recognition, Total Rewards

Many companies ask that I help them design and develop programs to reinforce and, in some instances, create a company culture.  Through a reward and recognition strategy, you can highlight and popularize the behaviors that define your company’s culture.  However, don’ think a “program” can create the result you want, if you’re not part of the program. “A fish stinks …

Breath Mints and Hand Sanitizer – The Keys for a Successful Career Fair…

Jason Pankow Interviewing, Jason Pankow, Recruiting, Working With Recruiters

The week of Aug. 11, I will be attending the SIGGRAPH conference in Los Angeles.  SIGGRAPH is an organization that represents artists, designers, and computer graphics peeps.  Feel free to swing by if you’re in LA. Preparing for the event has me thinking about the 10 hours I will be spending in the career booth. Ah, the career booth.  During …

For Recruiters and Candidates Alike – Attitude is Everything in a Down Economy… Everything

timtolan Recruiting, Tim Tolan, Working With Recruiters

With the ongoing Slump in the housing market and the steady rise in gasoline and food prices constantly thrown in our faces, it’s no wonder that Americans fear the worst for our economy. You can’t turn on the news or pick up a newspaper without hearing the media’s increasingly pessimistic reminder on how bad things are. But hey …is the …

Kid Rock and the Olympic Medal Count – The Ultimate Talent Scoreboard…

Kris Dunn Always Be Closing, Culture, Driving Productivity, Kris Dunn

Every performance culture has a scoreboard.  In your neighborhood, it’s the size of your heart lawnmower.  In the corporate world, it’s revenue, net income and of course, the stock price.  In sports, it’s… well, the scoreboard.  The Olympics?  It’s got an overall scoreboard as well.  It’s called the Overall Medal Count, in which the total medals for each country are …

My Chair’s Limiting My Innovation Level and Ability To Collaborate…

Kris Dunn Culture, Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kris Dunn

Can a chair make a difference in the quantity/quality of collaboration or innovation in your organization?  Don’t think so?  Then you must be a Stalin-loving, Buick-Driving, industrial complex manager who doesn’t let your people dream.  In short, you’re a Buzzkill… Or, maybe it’s just that you’re already playing catch-up to the budget numbers and it’s only August.  Either way, Reena …

The Great Recruiting “Snipe Hunt”…

Jennifer McClure Always Be Closing, Candidate Pool, Driving Productivity, Jennifer McClure, Recruiting, Sourcing

Before there were computers (gasp!), video games (not even Space Invaders), text messaging (people actually wrote letters), or cell phones (remember that avocado green wall phone with the loooong cord?), we had to get creative and make our own fun as children. I grew up “back in the day” on a family farm out in the middle of nowhere (Google …

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 …

Talent Management Rocks In the DC Public Schools… Well, Sorta…

Jessica Lee Culture, Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, Jessica Lee, Leadership, Performance, Recruiting, Total Rewards

Washington D.C.’s public schools are a hot mess. Here in your nation’s capitol where you have a hub of amazing intellect and oodles of movers and shakers, the school system has been failing for years. You might ask why, as an HR pro, I would blog about this. First, I’m a proud DC resident. But second and more relevant to …

I Just Added Kevin Bacon to My LinkedIn Connections – How’s Your Day Going?…

Kris Dunn Kris Dunn, Social Media, Sourcing

Freaky stat of the week here at FOT, with implications for all that recruiting stuff you’re doing on LinkedIn and social networks.  Microsoft dumped 30 Billion Instant Messages into a database, turned the scientists loose, and guess what?  Kevin Bacon was freaking right… From the BBC News: "Microsoft researchers studied the addresses of 30bn instant messages sent during a single …