Strategic HR? What is the strategic part?


William Tincup posed the following question to his network: “If finance is the strategic part of accounting. Assuming accounting is mostly tactics. What’s the strategic part of HR. Assuming HR is mostly tactics of course. Workforce planning?” The question generated lots of interest and answers and sparked my thinking. His question made it clear that […]

3 Keys to Effective Recruiting

Last summer, I had the opportunity to help a friend who was having some challenges staffing his infrastructure team. I hadn’t actively recruited for over five years, but, I thought it would be great fun to be onsite, work with smart people and play with new tools such as Jobvite and Checkster.  It seems like […]

Picking your battles

Sign saying Please flush the toilet

Vicksburg. The Civil War. In case you missed it, we are “celebrating” the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States, aka The Civil War, which was anything but “civil.” This was the culture war of culture wars. Those who live north of the Mason Dixon line will tell you the war was over slavery. […]

The “Google Earth” for Talent Spotting


The question of the “perfect” candidate is one that anyone who touches the recruiting process must eventually confront. I explained a few of the challenges in my previous blog post and I have been poking around to see what practical tools exist. I began with a long conversation with Lucia Erwin, a Silicon Valley workforce […]

Talent supply vs demand. Where are the candidates?

Empty Office

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to a hiring manager make the following complaints about unfilled positions. “This position has been vacant for 9 months.” “We just can’t find the right person.” “HR hasn’t sent me any qualified people.” “I can’t find a good headhunter who can find me someone.” “We have […]