The Weight of the Matter

Mark Fogel Food and Drink, Mark Fogel, Personal Brand, Recruiting, wellness, Work Life Balance 3 Comments

Of all the topics that are taboo in the inner sanctum of the Talent/HR world, weight may be the toughest to be honest about. Especially here in the US and especially with female HR executives, although today’s quip is coming from the cliché Overweight, Caucasian, Over 50 former C-suite dude. Today I will weave a true and humbling story of …

Taking Talent Old School: How to Create a Positive Candidate Experience

Mark Fogel candidate experience, Candidate Pool, Hiring Managers, Mark Fogel, Old School, Online Applications, Recruiting

We constantly hear stories about bad experiences candidates have in our recruiting processes – and not just about the lack of personalization in the pipelining process. I have my own war chest of stories and a few as a candidate, not as the recruiter.  A couple of year back I personally sent out over 600 resumes in a 10-month period …

HR, Take Some Risks and Just Say “What the ****”

Mark Fogel Audacious Ideas, Business Development, Candidate Pool, Career Paths, Change, Change Management, Communication, Conferences, Employee Development, HR, Mark Fogel, Risks

My favorite movie line of all time and something every HR practitioner needs to do, “Sometimes you need to just say ‘what the ****’ and take some risks.” The quote comes from the movie Risky Business. Joel, the character played by Tom Cruise, is much like a teenage version of an HR pansy. Coasting through life on smarts, good looks …

Duck Season, Wabbit Season, Conference Season and March Madness

Mark Fogel Employment Law, HR & Sports, Mark Fogel, Policies, politics, Talent Management

Unlike most of my posts, this one is a mixed bag with multiple topics. First, it’s conference season for the talent community as there is a smorgasbord of offerings and some cool places to travel to. Austin, Vegas, San Diego, and later this year Chicago. Let’s not forget some overseas offerings as well. Big, small, and everything in between. For …

Don’t Believe Everything You Read or Watch, Even on HR Websites

Mark Fogel Communication, Culture, Current Affairs, FOT Reads, Free Speech, Good HR, Mark Fogel, politics, Television

We have heard the saying a million times: “Don’t believe everything you read”. Or maybe it is “don’t believe everything you hear or see on TV”. In any event, written, verbal or visual, with the advent of social media and 24-hour cable news, we are bombarded with a smorgasbord of “news” on demand. And how do we know if we …