Internal Vs. External Talent – You’re Asking the Wrong Question….

Kris Dunn Culture, Interviewing, Kris Dunn, Recruiting, Retention, Succession Planning

Admit it, you’ve debated the issue at some point in your company.  Do you go outside for talent or do you grow it from within?  Related questions include the following: –How do we provide a career path for the employees within our company? -How can we hire externally when we require so much knowledge of our business to be successful? …

The Gay Experience and Your Employment/Recruiting Brand…

Jessica Lee Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Retention, Sourcing

The best question a candidate has ever asked me during an interview, hands down, was this: “I’m openly gay. How are gay employees treated here? And is the culture receptive to GLBT staff?” In the conservative corporate world of Washington, DC, a candidate asking this question showed some chutzpah in my book. Not because this was a difficult question to …

The 5 Worst Reasons To Quit Your Job…

Kris Dunn Culture, Kris Dunn, Retention

I’ve been on the phone with many candidates over the last two weeks and have this conclusion – it’s amazing what people will tell you as a recruiter, if you have the moxie to frame the question in the right way and then S.H.U.T.U.P.   Seriously, stop talking.  You’re ruining the brutal honesty that is forthcoming, if you would only use …

Kobe Bryant and Ruthless Employees – Competitive or Toxic?

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Culture, Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kris Dunn, Leadership, Performance

And so it goes…Kobe Bryant is in the Finals… Think about the employees you know who would run over you with a truck to make their quarterly bonus… Some (many) would say that’s Kobe in the NBA.  Isn’t it funny how ruthless employees get classified as "competitive" when the organization is winning? For those of you who don’t follow basketball, …

Aren’t Business Cards Dead?

Kris Dunn Culture, Kris Dunn

I know, I know.  I’m a little bit cynical and yes, the world hasn’t gone digital enough yet to eliminate the business card.  But I’ve been at my current gig for over three years, and haven’t had to reorder off the initial order of 500 cards.  Of course, I’m not in a business development role right now, or I’m sure …

Blackberry/Facebook/YouTube Junkies – The Hyperconnected…

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR Technology, Kris Dunn

There’s a new study out by Nortel on how people work and play.  They’re adding a new term to the mix – the hyperconnected.  The premise?  Companies are facing an onslaught of "connectivity devices" in use by their employees.  While some companies choose to restrict the use of connectivity/community-based devices/technology, the pressure is on to allow employees to connect when …

The Scott McClellan of Your Workplace – Here’s How to Tell if Your Employees Think He’s Legit…

Kris Dunn Culture, Kris Dunn, Leadership, Retention

First up, this isn’t a political site; it’s a site about all things talent.  So, I’m not providing a political opinion on the news of Scott McClellan (former Bush press secretary) writing a scathing book on issues within the Bush Administration. Instead, I’m here to point out that every workplace has their Scott McClellan(s).  Not whisteblowers – those folks speak …