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5 Reasons Why Traditional Employment is in Trouble

Kevin Wheeler

According to the U.S. Labor Department, 2.1 million people resigned their jobs in February, the most in any month since the start of the Great Recession. This is startling given that the economy is not strong and that millions are out of work.  That is what happened in previous recessions. But many corporations and recruiters are in denial. 

5 Trends that will Shape our Future

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This was necessary to enable us to develop the technology and tools that make possible a new level for mankind to scale. and more. Social Business. 

Talent Pools vs. Communities: What’s the Difference?

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We toss the word community around a lot in recruiting, but most of us do not have a very clear definition of what makes it different from a database or a talent pool. talent pool typically is a group of people who have been screened at least a little. community is entirely different.  Feeling included. Similar values. Openness. Engagement.

Empire Avenue Helps Teach Social Media Engagement

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Empire Avenue was never intended to be a “serious game&# in the sense that games designed purposely for learning are. still pretty inexpensive!

Thoughts on Conferences: What Makes them Good or Bad?

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I have been to about a dozen conferences this year in various countries and four continents. So what makes a good conference? Networking. New ideas.

Serious Gaming: 6 Tips on Using Games and Simulations for Recruiting Success

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Maybe all you need for an attraction and sourcing strategy is a good game. The U.S. Army was one of the first organizations to pioneer video games for attracting potential recruits. couple of years ago the Army launched its highly successful recruiting game America’s Army, which has significantly helped raise recruitments. Hold virtual job fairs.

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The Language of Success: What the CEO Wants You to Know

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There is a common language used by top-level managers in every company and these managers assume that every employee can speak that language.  It is a language centered on business concepts and understanding a handful of financial concepts.  Investment is the first concept and cost savings is second. Assumption #2: Having an Investor Mentality.

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Thoughts on Education in the 21st Century Organization

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Old ways die hard. Corporations hang on to the actions that made them successful decades in the past, and seem powerless to change and adapt to changing environments and needs. Corporate education is often the last to change. Brick and mortar still dominate. Send to Facebook. Current Affairs Future of Talent

What Is a Next Generation Corporate University: From Control to Choice

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“Our true “core competency&# today is not manufacturing or services, but the global recruiting and nurturing of the world’s best people and the cultivation in them of an insatiable desire to learn, to stretch and to do things better every day.&#       -Jack Welch, Former CEO of General Electric. Nature does the growing.

The “New” Recruiter

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Over the past twenty years or so, corporations worldwide have focused on a variety of initiatives. The bulk of these were aimed at improving efficiency, increasing profit, and ensuring quality.  We also expect products to be priced very low relative to how they were priced for our parents.  What I am advocating is a shift in your thinking.

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Are Universities & Degrees Still Relevant?

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For more than 150 years the basic college degree- the Baccalaureate or Bachelor’s degree – has been the hallmark of an educated person. During the 19 th and most of the 20 th centuries, attending university was largely the province of wealthy men – fewer than 20% of all high school graduates attended any college.  They are bored and disengaged.

Plays Well With Others

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Strangely enough, schools have been promoting collaboration in this way for decades, even though it has become a sort of joke. Send to Facebook.

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Three Experts Talk about Corporate Learning and the Future

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Corporate learning is going through profound changes as the need for fast, anytime learning grows. The paternalistic models that have served for a hundred years are not able to provide flexible, fast learning. They are dependent on knowledge staying static for a long time, on constants, on predictability. Today data is ubiquitous and persistent.

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Should We Just Blow it Up?

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Do you know that recruiting is one of the least efficient processes in an organization? Transaction costs (cost per hire) are large and there is almost no effort being made to connect that cost with delivering value (quality of hire). It seems like no one is measuring the effects of our recruiting activities. But so do managers in other functions.

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Corporate Learning Trends- What Endures During Recessions

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I spoke at the Global Learning Summit in Singapore last week where I listed the trends that I see emerging around the world that will have wide-ranging effects on corporate learning. I was controversial and tried to offer a different slant on what is emerging as best practice in learning. ROI is the holy grail of training professionals. Mentoring.

An Ode to SIGS – Down with Communities!

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It seems like every organization is using social media to attract and engage interesting and qualified people in their opportunities. 

Are Interviews Worth the Time?

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One of the greatest myths in recruiting is that interviewing is the best way to assess people. Numerous vendors provide interview training and promise that if you conduct interviews well you will select people who will perform better and stay longer. Innovative approaches include using simulations, gaming techniques, and video. Send to Facebook.

Pictures from Piha New Zealand

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A small diversion. I’ve been spending a few days in one of my favorite places – New Zealand. The benefits of a small population are many!

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Are Senge’s 5 Disciplines Still Relevant?

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THIS IS THE FIRST OF SEVERAL POSTS THAT WILL EXPLORE THE FIVE DISCIPLINES AND SEE IF THEY REMAIN RELEVANT IN TODAY’S BUSINESS CLIMATE. Part 1-Systems Thinking. In 1990 Peter Senge published a book called The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization. Systems Thinking. frequently cited example is Apple. 

Do You Really Want Only “A” Players?

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There is a myth in recruiting that, given the right tools and processes, we can hire only “A” players, defined as those who generate the most revenue or who contribute the most to our overall success. also believe that you may not want to have an organization full of competing “A” players – especially from outside your organization.

Getting More Value from Your Social Media

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Platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and a variety of proprietary platforms are becoming core to successful recruiting, learning, relationship building, and marketing. However, most organizations are operating without an

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Chief Talent Officer - A Common Role by 2015 | Over the Seas

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Most organizations can't assess who the best employees are in a quantitative way.

TRU Conferences vs. Traditional Ones

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SLIDESHOW FROM A RECENT TRU LONDON. Most conference follow a traditional pattern: Keynote talks, general sessions, panels, and break out sessions. There is almost always a vendor section where you can get demonstrations of software products, meet key users and try out the products for yourself. And that’s what a new type of conference is offering. 

Are Senge’s Five Disciplines Still Relevant – Part 2?

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THIS IS THE SECOND OF SEVERAL POSTS THAT WILL EXPLORE THE FIVE DISCIPLINES AND SEE IF THEY REMAIN RELEVANT IN TODAY’S BUSINESS CLIMATE. Part 2- Shared Vision & Team Learning. Shared Vision. Rather than remain a computer company only, Apple has learned to expand its vision and think bigger. Team Learning. Its motto is “.

Gen Y Redefines Learning | Over the Seas

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Gen Y, those in their twenties now, and all those who follow are born of bits and bytes. They hardly read.

Which Century is Your Organization In?

Kevin Wheeler

If you read my previous post on talent trends, you are aware that life in organizations is undergoing tectonic change. We are moving from the mechanistic and manufacturing-oriented era that dominated the 19th and 20th centuries

T-Shaped People and Collaboration | Over the Seas

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Many organizations are realizing that when people are assigned or choose roles to play in an organization they are often more creative and efficient than when

Are Senge’s Five Disciplines Still Relevant? Part 3

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THIS IS THE THIRD OF SEVERAL POSTS THAT WILL EXPLORE THE FIVE DISCIPLINES AND SEE IF THEY REMAIN RELEVANT IN TODAY’S BUSINESS CLIMATE. Part 3- Mental Models & Personal Mastery. Mental Models. We all come to work with assumptions that are so embedded in our behaviors and thinking that we do not question them. Personal Mastery.

Do We Need Internal Recruiting At All? | Over the Seas

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As the years have rolled by I have become more and more aware of how poorly internal recruiting functions perform when compared to recruitment process

From Social Networks to Communities

Kevin Wheeler

Social media and social networks are all the rage. They are supposed to help us connect to a wider range of people, find like-minded associates, build brand loyalty, locate and engage candidates for employment, provide education and

Is HR Relevant and Does it Matter? | Over the Seas

Kevin Wheeler

HR hasn't changed for decades despite the rhetoric. HR might accept that creative work now means collaborating, sharing, and allowing information and ideas to flow freely. Newer organizations are already using HR in a different way

Habits, Frameworks and Corporate Universities

Kevin Wheeler

We all know how to learn – it's built into our genetic makeup- but we struggle to articulate and explain how we do it. Piaget developed his constructionist theory of learning by watching and studying how children learn

Talent Management Survey

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Over at the Future of Talent Institute , we are collecting responses to a short survey on current talent management thinking and practices. While we have used the term talent management for many years, it remains unclear as to what is actually included. Here’s the link:   TALENT MANAGEMENT SURVEY. Send to Facebook.

Learning How to Learn

Kevin Wheeler

“.we can say that Muad’Dib learned rapidly because his first training was in how to learn. They experiment, test, challenge and in the process learn.

Changing Nature of Work: The Labor Recession Will Outlast the.

Kevin Wheeler

Individuals are finding new freedoms and exploring their own capacity and taste for change and entrepreneurism. Some organizations are looking for ways to adapt to all of this without endangering their own success, but it may be that

The New Television: How the iPad Changes Everything

Kevin Wheeler

Many of the reviews of the iPad that I have seen reflect the impressions of people trying to put it into some known category.

Big Data & Analytics in Recruiting

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Big data and analytics are just beginning to be tapped for recruiting and learning, but their future growth will depend on HR practitioners understanding of what big data and analytics can do for them, their willingness to use the data to make decisions and change behavior, and agreement around privacy and ethical use of this […].

Provincetown-The Pilgrims First Home

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While we all think the Pilgrims first set foot on Plymouth Rock, it was actually here at Cape Cod.

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What the Income Tax Ended

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This is the Breakers, the summer cottage of Cornelius Vanderbilt.

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Vermont – A Transformed State

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Spent 10 days in Vermont, my home state, visiting family and attending my high school reunion. Vermont remains amazingly beautiful and unspoiled. Even though it weathered a once-in-a-century flood 3 years ago, it has completely recovered, as far as I … Continue reading → Places

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