Do you really need superstar talent?

Steve Boese Recruiting, Sports, Steve Boese, War for Talent

Attracting top talent, the ‘War for Talent’, engaging talent, myriad HR Technology vendors hoping to sell you solutions for Integrated Talent Management, even this site, with its name Fistful of Talent – there is no shortage of conversation, content, and concern amongst leaders and in organizations about the importance of attracting, deploying, developing, and retaining the right talent in order …

BIG IDEAS: What I Like About The Ladders New $2,500 Guarantee…

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Generations, HR, HR Vendors, Interviewing, Paul Hebert, War for Talent

This week I’m not at #SHRM11. But I’m following the tweet stream and I know I’m missing swag videos, @ewmonster and his (and his company’s) total brand jacking of the twitter stream (and now my post) with BeKnown, Natasha Bedingfield and general fun tweetage (major props to them!)  But lurking in the background, seemingly little noticed by the swag obsessed attendees …

Scared of Losing Talent? Circle the Wagons! (But We Still See You in There…)

Steve Boese Recruiting, Steve Boese, War for Talent

A few months back, FOT’s resident incentive and rewards guru, Paul Hebert, penned a great piece called ‘HR Plays Too Much Defense’. It was a great take on how, in many HR organizations, the default position of risk avoidance, protection, and even fear detracts from the function’s potential and ability to enact positive and relevant change in the enterprise. Click the …

HR Owns This One. Bellweathers – Charlie Sheen – HR Capitalist

Paul Hebert Culture, Current Affairs, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Kris Dunn, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition, War for Talent

You are what you eat. You are what you drive. You are where you live. You are who you put up with. Is Charlie Sheen an Employee Bellwether? At first Charlie Sheen was an interesting side note to all the crazy stuff associated with the star-laden left coast. Then he became something more. He became headline news.  He became a …

5 Reasons a CEO Should Never Take the Lead on Selling…

timtolan Business Development, Executive Search, Leadership, Performance, Tim Tolan, War for Talent

Let’s think about the title of this post for a moment, shall we? I’m not implying that CEOs shouldn’t be involved in selling – in fact, I think they should. What this rant really is about though is taking the road-less-traveled based on a conversation I recently had with a candidate. His CEO was the self-appointed (or annointed) go-to-sales-guy, and his actions negatively impacted the entire sales team …

In a Recruiting Slump? Get Yourself Some Warrior Mindset Juice!

Josh Letourneau Joshua Letourneau, Recruiting, War for Talent, Working With Recruiters

In the Special Operations world of the U.S. Military, the “Warrior Mindset” is highly revered.  Put simply, being able to talk the talk isn’t enough – you have to walk the walk.  Throughout the indoctrination process, regardless of what military service we’re evaluating, the goal is to weed out the Wolves from the ‘Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing’. The following is …