Kevin Wheeler

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. The natural inclination would seem to me to be to hunker down and hang on to the job you have, no matter how bad it is. That is what happened in previous recessions.

5 Trends that will Shape our Future

Kevin Wheeler

At our Future of Talent Retreat this past weekend, I laid out the five trends I see as dominating the next decade or more.

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

Kevin Wheeler

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. A talent pool typically is a group of people who have been screened at least a little. They are people roughly qualifeid for a position or to work in an organization, but we really don’t have any realtionship with them.

Empire Avenue Helps Teach Social Media Engagement

Kevin Wheeler

Empire Avenue was never intended to be a “serious game&# in the sense that games designed purposely for learning are. Rather it was just put together by some young Canadian guys as a fun way to figure out what a personal brand might be worth.

Thoughts on Conferences: What Makes them Good or Bad?

Kevin Wheeler

I have been to about a dozen conferences this year in various countries and four continents. I have been part of the organizing group for some of them, a speaker in others. And in fact, conferences have been a core part of my life, education and professional work for more than a decade.

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

Kevin Wheeler

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. A couple of years ago the Army launched its highly successful recruiting game America’s Army, which has significantly helped raise recruitments. The Army has also created a multi-million dollar U.S.

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

Kevin Wheeler

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. Whenever those of us in talent acquisition or human resources are not part of a conversation, it may simply be that we don’t speak or understand that language.

Thoughts on Education in the 21st Century Organization

Kevin Wheeler

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. Teacher led classes are common and leadership development hasn’t changed much since the 80s.

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

Kevin Wheeler

“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. “I never allowed schooling to interfere with my education.&# -Mark Twain.

The “New” Recruiter

Kevin Wheeler

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. They have ranged from business process re-engineering to Six-Sigma quality and have been responsible for the productivity gains world economies have enjoyed, as well as for the lower prices and better quality of most products we use. These initiatives have changed our expectations.

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Are Universities & Degrees Still Relevant?

Kevin Wheeler

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. And women were woefully underrepresented.

Plays Well With Others

Kevin Wheeler

When you were in elementary school I bet you received a report card with a section that indicated how well you played with the other kids in your class. Strangely enough, schools have been promoting collaboration in this way for decades, even though it has become a sort of joke.

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Three Experts Talk about Corporate Learning and the Future

Kevin Wheeler

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. The world we are living in is none of these things. We need empowered models based on self-learning, choice and fast connections to massive amounts of information.

Should We Just Blow it Up?

Kevin Wheeler

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). At conference after conference I hear the same old measures being touted proudly: cost per hire, time to fill, number of interviews to offer and so forth. It seems like no one is measuring the effects of our recruiting activities.

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Corporate Learning Trends- What Endures During Recessions

Kevin Wheeler

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. Most corporate learning remains traditional, formal, and follows patterns laid down decades ago by firms such as GE and IBM.

An Ode to SIGS – Down with Communities!

Kevin Wheeler

It seems like every organization is using social media to attract and engage interesting and qualified people in their opportunities. While they call this “community” building, I am not sure that is the best term.

Are Interviews Worth the Time?

Kevin Wheeler

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. If you conduct highly structured, well thought out interviews consistently and apply what you learn, research shows that this is the case.

Pictures from Piha New Zealand

Kevin Wheeler

A small diversion. I’ve been spending a few days in one of my favorite places – New Zealand. This is a country full of beautiful hiking trails, deserted beaches, and spectacular views. And not far from the largest city, Auckland, lie black sand beaches and bush country hiking trails.

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Are Senge’s 5 Disciplines Still Relevant?

Kevin Wheeler

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. This book summed up his thinking about how organizations can more effectively function based on his systems thinking background at MIT.

Do You Really Want Only “A” Players?

Kevin Wheeler

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. I believe, instead, that “A” players more often emerge from within your organization, or are made by it, because of the systems and processes you have in place.

Getting More Value from Your Social Media

Kevin Wheeler

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

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

Kevin Wheeler

Most organizations can't assess who the best employees are in a quantitative way. Assessments are subjective and highly influenced by personality and circumstances. Massive hiring followed by equally massive layoffs are the norm without

TRU Conferences vs. Traditional Ones

Kevin Wheeler

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. Nothing wrong with this. I run some of these myself and they are a good way to get the new ideas I mentioned in my previous article across as well as to network and explore best practices.

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

Kevin Wheeler

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. Apple’s vision is centered on its strengths in design and in creating simple user interfaces.

Gen Y Redefines Learning | Over the Seas

Kevin Wheeler

Gen Y, those in their twenties now, and all those who follow are born of bits and bytes. They hardly read. They watch lots of television, watch movies on the Internet, have made YouTube their favorite destination, and probably play some

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

Kevin Wheeler

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

Kevin Wheeler

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. For the most part, this is a healthy way to respond to the world.

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

Kevin Wheeler

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

Kevin Wheeler

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. Some organizations are creating departments with that title, others are changing job titles and responsibilities to include talent management.

Learning How to Learn

Kevin Wheeler

can say that Muad’Dib learned rapidly because his first training was in how to learn. And the first lesson of all was the basic trust that he could 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. But, it doesn't fit any known category and seems to many like either a bad computer or an overblown

Big Data & Analytics in Recruiting

Kevin Wheeler

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 […]. The post Big Data & Analytics in Recruiting appeared first on Over the Seas. Recruiting Trends analytics big data learning recruiting

Provincetown-The Pilgrims First Home

Kevin Wheeler

While we all think the Pilgrims first set foot on Plymouth Rock, it was actually here at Cape Cod. Out here at the very eastern tip of Massachusetts, you can experience what the Pilgrims did: An inhospitable landscape of sand dunes, rocky … Continue reading → Places

What the Income Tax Ended

Kevin Wheeler

This is the Breakers, the summer cottage of Cornelius Vanderbilt. It was designed by Richard Morris Hunt and built in 1893 in Italian Renaissance style. This mansion required 200 servants to manage the parties and social events that regularly took … Continue reading → Museums Places

Vermont – A Transformed State

Kevin Wheeler

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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