The state of Talent Management: A Podcast with Ira Wolfe

Ira Wolfe is a long term friend in addition to being a well-known author and speaker. He talks about the future of the workforce. So when Ira contacted me to be a guest on his podcast show Geeks, Geezers and Googlization I readily accepted. He wanted to talk about the state of talent management. Ira …

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What is talent?

  The term “talent” is used a great deal in HR. We have talent management, talent acquisition, talent reports, people are referred to as “talent” and they are managed by talent managers. I ask the question “What is talent?” because I don’t necessarily have a good definition. 10,000 hours Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, popularized the …

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How Important is Strategy?

The answer to that question is VERY IMPORTANT. It matters in whatever kind of business you are running. Seth Godin says in Strategy matters more than ever, “When everyone is playing the same game, your execution is critical.” But he points out that how well you execute may not be sufficient. Basically he asks the …

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Three Tips for Retaining Your Top Employees

I had the good fortune to hear a luncheon talk by an HR pro by the name of Jack Smalley. Jack, who is with Express Employment Professionals, was the guest speaker at the SHRM- Atlanta year end luncheon. The basic theme of his talk was organizational change, but wrapped up in that presentation were three …

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Too Many Geezers? Guess You Need to Change Your Image.

Harley-Davidson’s chief executive Keith Wandell, who took over in 2009, has been working on changing the company’s image in order to attract a new customer base. They are trying to get rid of the “Geezer Glider” image that Harley has in general. Everyone knows that Harley-Davidsons appeal to a large base of baby boomers and …

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HR Carnival End of May Edition Hosted by Jon Ingham

Jon Ingham is the host of the End of May edition of the HR Carnival. He calls this one The What do All Day edition. I had the good fortune to meet and connect with Jon when he was here in Atlanta for the HRevolution 2011 conference. In addition to being a very nice guy …

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HR Carnival: End of April Edition

The folks at Talent Junction hosted the latest version of the HR Carnival. There is some great reading in this one! Here are some samples: For The Survival of HR: Drucker Lesson of the Day. How To Fix The HR Profession 6 Reasons Why Talent Management is a Strategic Imperative Six Signs You Have An …

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HR Carnival: Some of the Best in HR Reading

Crapola (click on the link for a def.)… I missed it again! I just need to get better organized. Ben Eubanks was the host this time around over at Upstart HR. He published 25 Pieces of HR Awesomeness. That is this months HR Carnival, which now has its own logo. ———> I promise to have a post …

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Top 25 Talent Management Blogs: We Made It A Second Time

The list of the Top 25 Talent Managment Blogs has been posted at Fistful Of Talent. If you are looking for some of the best blogs in HR this is were you will find them. AND, I am very proud to say that HR Observations was on the list tied at 15th! Thanks! I hope …

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Talent Management: Just What Does It Mean?

The other day I posed this question to a group of HR people: “Is there a consistent definition of the term TALENT MANAGEMENT?” The responses I got pretty much matched my thought. There is not a consistent definition. And I think this is confusing to HR folks and upper management. And thus things don’t get …

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