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Technology Disrupts the Elves

 


 

The legend of Santa Claus dates back to the 4th Century St Nicholas – Nicholas of Bari or Nicholas of Myra. The elves have been talked about since Pagan times – in Scandinavia as house gnomes – some of whom were helpful, and trolls, who were not.

Some of the modern-day elves include Alabaster Snowball, Buster Evergreen, Pepper Minstix and others. Alabaster is the only elf with a university degree and updates the Naughty and Nice list – some say as frequently as four times a minute. Sugarplum Mary is...

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Turn Your Hiring Manager from Adversary to Ally in 2020

 


 

The life of a recruiter isn’t easy. It’s hard enough trying to find, engage and deliver amazing talent to our companies. Yet hundreds of HR leaders have shared that their biggest roadblock is actually internal: working with their own hiring managers (HMs).

What do they mean?  Hopefully, your HR team is seen as a true business partner with your HMs but that’s not always the case. We’ve all experienced where a great passive candidate is sourced and sent to the hiring manager only to fall into a black hole where they never hear feedback. This...

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Faith

 

 

For many years, I have written the ongoing tale, the Jewish Guy Who Wears A Chai, about the potential minefields HR professionals must navigate during the holiday season.  In order to address what can be real risks, I have employed a touch of sarcasm, and by a touch, I mean a ton. 

This year, I am going to park my snark and focus on what the holidays are primarily about but which increasingly employers...

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The Aqueduct – Treat people with Dignity and Respect

 

 

In 3500 BEC the Minoans, on the island of Crete built what seems to be the first aqueduct. The aqueduct had a huge impact in Roman time when the invention of the Roman Arch allowed the aqueducts to carry water for several kilometers. Fresh water was always important, but the invention of the aqueduct changed the game. The Roman bath stays famous even to this day. Previously, workers would fill jugs and carry water for long distances. The aqueduct had a huge impact on workers carrying water.

Circumstances change and...

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The Opportunity Economy

 

2020 seems like an ominous number......

I'm sure there are movies of lore that have characterized the year forthcoming with jet packs and laser beams. Much has changed through technology and there are trends emerging that will have an impact on the way we work in 2020.

People's personal mantras are more important than ever. Whether you are passionate about fitness, mental health or the environment; your personal passions come with you to work. With the evolution of the home office and the gig economy, the line between work and life is becoming ever-blurred. Companies...

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Please Welcome our New Leader, Rudolph

According to most sources, Rudolph the Red-nosed reindeer was written in 1938 by a copywriter for Montgomery Ward. His name was Bob May and he wrote it for his 4-year-old daughter during the time of his wife’s struggle with cancer. There are multiple versions of the story that have differing timelines, but what’s important is Bob May’s focus on a characteristic that would (literally) out-shine all others – and how that had an impact on everyone involved.

We’ve all been in situations where out of the blue, we get an email announcement...

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Reskilling Talent through the Centuries

 

 

Somewhere between the 2nd and 3rd century BCE, the Egyptians lost their leadership in the world of papyrus. Cai Lun (Ts’ai Lun) is credited as the inventor of paper – mixing hemp, tree bark, fishing nets and old rags. At the time, in 105 A.D., papyrus was widely used - in addition, bamboo and silk – even turtle shells - to record events. Bamboo was heavy and silk was expensive, and turtle shells were, well, cumbersome - so paper became a...

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Scars to Your Beautiful

 


 

Back in the day, we used to have one-screen movie theaters. As a kid, I remember going with my Dad or Mom to the Colonial Theatre to watch whatever was playing. In 1983, my Aunt would drove me over the river into New Jersey to watch War Games. It’s a classic. It’s was the Next-Gen AI flick. Matthew Broderick (David) was the player for “Joshua” (the computer). If you’ve not seen it, I can’t ruin it. But as David plays the game, things start to feel too authentic. David asks...

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