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Dr. John Sullivan is a well-known thought leader in HR. He is a frequent speaker and advisor to Fortune 500 and Silicon Valley firms. Formerly the chief talent officer for Agilent Technologies (the 43,000-employee HP spin-off), he is now a professor of management at San Francisco State University. He was called the "Michael Jordan of Hiring" by Fast Company magazine. More recruiting articles by Dr. Sullivan can be found in the ER Daily archives.

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The ability to deal with uncertainty can make or break a team. Famous jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald made her biggest career mistake on a German stage back in the 60’s. That performance earned her two Grammy Awards though. Ella started singing...
I was reading a description of different advanced analytics methods and I felt there was something quite wrong. I had hard time putting my finger on it. Technically the descriptions were accurate, but at a more subtle level there was...
Here’s a fun, and enlightening DisruptHR video that at first glance seems to have nothing to do with HR. But stick with it and you’ll see why “Stop Blaming Millennials for the Death of Retail” is worth your five minutes....
Gretchen Carlson, the accomplished journalist, former Miss America, long-time Fox & Friends host, author, Ted Talker, and unintentional founder of the #MeToo movement, spoke at the Spring ERE Recruiting Conference, and I was fortunate to have snagged a few minutes with...
LinkedIn provides an excellent pool of candidates, but many recruiters are missing out on a separate group of qualified candidates because their process is lacking creativity. In other cases, the tech stack that recruitment teams are using to uncover top...
Mentor moms, nanny allowances and milk delivery are just a few ways that these top companies have found to make life easier for parents returning to work after the arrival of a child. In an era when it’s becoming the norm...

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Employers slowed their hiring in April, adding a seasonally adjusted 160,000 new non-farm jobs, the smallest increase since September. Economists had been expecting a much larger gain of about 200,000 jobs. The monthly Labor Department report released this morning also put the unemployment rate at 5%, unchanged from March, and not much different...
Many organizations have a sound strategy, but fail to execute their full potential. Why is that? Because culture eats strategy for breakfast. Easily! Culture is the way ‘we’ do things. The behavior of a network of people (a workforce) is continuously shaping its own culture. This culture is driving performance, or it does...
Studies show there are essentially two types of managers (and companies) — those that are accounting-focused and those that are marketing-focused. Accounting-minded managers focus primarily on reducing costs and overhead. This approach appears to make/save money in the short run, but actually has the potential to lose customers over the long
The Future of HR Is Already Here — Dominate Your Industry by Adopting These Silicon Valley Principles If your CEO expects your firm to lead your industry, he/she will eventually realize that this can only happen if the firm adopts a “continuous innovation” model. That means that CEOs in all major industries will...
Whether employees are located just down the hall or across the country, training is a critical part of the overall development process, not just for new hires but at every point in the career lifecycle. As more companies embrace the idea of fully remote workforces, training becomes especially important as a way to...
Many companies — from multinational mega-corporations to neighborhood markets — are still using outdated hiring techniques. Clinging to the ways of the past when constructing a workforce leads to high turnover, stagnant engagement from staff, and quarterly reports in the red. In some cases, it is as if they are staffed by a...

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Reminiscing about my childhood led me to remember playing Monopoly with my family when we gathered together for holidays. As a child, it was just a board game, and I was always excited to play with those awesome tokens, especially...
Do you remember the movie “The Matrix” where Morpheus was seeking “The One” and found the amazing hero Neo who made a difference in the war against the machines? It is a wonderful movie. I could watch it over and...
After white supremacists descended upon Charlottesville, Virginia, social media lit up in response. In the days that followed, several marchers were identified and lost their jobs in the process. As the events in Charlottesville showed, political extremism in the US...
With fewer peers and more power, it’s easy for leaders to lose touch with those they lead. A study by Hay Group’s McClelland Center finds that senior leaders in an organization often gain power at the expense of self-knowledge, and are...
News broke earlier this week that iCIMS, an applicant tracking system, had acquired TextRecruit, a text messaging and live chat communications platform for employers. “This couldn’t be a better fit,” said Erik Kostelnik, TextRecruit’s co-founder and CEO. “TextRecruit and iCIMS share the...
Note: Sriram Rajan is Head of Organization Development at SIG Combibloc Obeikan. He was awarded the “Mark of Excellence” as HR Professional of the Year for the MEA region in 2017 in recognition for his work developing a leadership training program...

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