Economic Woes Yield a Talent Search Lacking Urgency

America’s got talent. So why is it so hard to find?

Maybe it wouldn’t be great theater, but why not develop another reality-based television show based on marriage—one that would tie the knot between those elusive skilled workers and job openings at thriving U.S. employers.

You can have your manufactured pop stars and your weight-loss champions. And please, keep your dancing celebrities. Give me something that’s a little more connected to reality—the continuing struggles of those who make up the U.S. labor market, showing how the short- and long-term effects of the latest recession are truly...


I Would Die For You

“I would die for you.” Those were the closing remarks of Colonel David Sutherland, former Special Assistant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and career warrior, as he closed his speech to the RecruitDC attendees last week. For the 300+ of us in the room his words hung in the air and lingered long after he left the stage. He had just given a moving 30 minute speech about the value of hiring veterans and the need for a trinity of support: public, private, government for returning vets. His presentation focused on the Warrior’s Ethos, the foundation of...


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SHRM: July LINE Report

According to the SHRM Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) Report for July 2012, hiring is not expected to ramp up significantly in either the service or manufacturing sectors, compared to previous years. The LINE results for July 2012 reflect an ongoing trend of steady job growth each month, but also reveal a pace that has not kept up with rates from the previous year. 

Hiring will be steady in the manufacturing sector in July with a net of 36.7 percent of manufacturers adding jobs in July. Similarly, a net of 24.1...

Mind the Gap - polarization in the global labor market

Globally, companies are struggling to find talent in a market saturated with applicants. For most organizations, the problem is the gap between available skills in the talent pool and their current job requirements. There are simply not enough people with the requisite experience, education and knowledge to drive and fuel innovation and growth.

Yet, the headlines are full of stories about high unemployment. The Economist reported last year that, “Of all the big, rich Group of Seven economies, America has the lowest share of 'prime age' males in work: just over 80 percent of those aged between 25 and 54...


6 Tips for Attending a Conference ALONE

I just returned from a great four days at the SHRM conference, last week, where I was fortunate enough to meet several other solo conference goers. To that end, I thought I’d share some tips I’ve observed and picked up from others about attending conferences on your own.

I can totally relate to this excerpt from Peter Bregman’s article, "How to Attend a Conference as Yourself:"

“I often feel awkward when I go to a conference. Reluctant to sidle up to a stranger and introduce myself, I roam, like I did at college parties, self-conscious, seltzer water...



From Shakespeare's Hamlet 1602:

Heaven and earth,
Must I remember? Why, she would hang on him
As if increase of appetite had grown
By what it fed on, and yet, within a month—
Let me not think on't—Frailty, thy name is woman!—

Hamlet is angry at his mother for marrying shortly after his father's death.  He sees her as weak.  He generalizes the weakness he sees in his mother to women generally.

No progressive manager would say a sexist comment like that today. Actually, they might, just when they think they are...


#Nextchat Recap: Diversity & Inclusion In The 21st Century: What's Next?

On June 20 as #Nextchat invited special guest Joe Gerstandt to join us for an informative discussion on “what’s next” for Diversity and Inclusion in the 21st century.

In case you missed it, here are all the tweets from the chat:









The 'Get it Done' Strategy

I’ve read a lot of books on strategy. The best ones influenced my mode of operation as an executive of Jacobs Suchard, the maker of coffee and chocolate brands, Jacobs, Nabob, Toblerone, Suchard and Côte d'Or. I was devoted to master strategies and “big play” innovations that ideally position a company to dominate their chosen market(s) and enjoy sustainable competitive advantages. The philosophy begins with a mindset obsessed with the competition. It worked well for me in my 17 years at Jacobs Suchard, although I am the first to admit that we managed just two blockbuster strategic innovations over...


Creating a Global Learning Organization

In Peter Senge’s landmark book, The Fifth Discipline, he introduced the idea of the learning organization: “An organization where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people are continually learning how to learn together” (Senge, 1990 and 2006).  Senge said this was an imperative for organizations to manage the complexity of 21st century business.  He’s right.  I would add, however, that the primary reason that business today is increasingly complex is because the world is more interconnected. ...