Dr John Sullivan

Dr John Sullivan is an internationally known HR thought-leader from the Silicon Valley who specializes in providing bold and high business impact; strategic Talent Management solutions to large corporations.

The Best Practices of the Most Aggressive Recruiting Department

The differences between the FirstMerit approach and that of most organizations comes down to the complete integration of two key recruiting concepts into every thing they do. The two key concepts that guide recruiting at FirstMerit: It's a war. While corporate recruiters occasionally use the term "war for talent," most …

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The Best Practices of the Most Aggressive Recruiting Department, Part 2

Structural Elements in the Recruiting Function Internal executive search. The team developed an internal executive search capability to identify, recruit, interview, and assist in the selection of executives, senior management, and other key management positions. The resulting effort saved hundreds of thousands of dollars and produced hires faster — and who …

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Getting Started With Metrics

Make Your Metrics Useful Making metrics useful seems to be where most people get off track. A metric should be telling, regardless of whether it is intended to report performance or diagnose the performance of a process. Unfortunately, many metrics in use today simply don’t tell you anything of value. …

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Talent Management Road Kill

Patience Is Waning Senior leaders thoroughly understand that building an organization or changing one takes vision, planning, patience, and flawless execution. To that point, they have given HR five years. All indicators are that HR has yet to change or plan to change anything, and that the patience of senior …

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Talent Management Road Kill, Part 2

Readers responding to Part 1 raised some very valid points: R. Bistrick noted that many in HR have no associated industry work experience, which limits their understanding of the business and its issues to one of keywords, often without the benefit of context. (This is certainly true for many corporate …

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Poaching, Ethics, Slavery And Personal Opinions

Employees Are Not Owned by the Corporation Poaching employees is not stealing, because employees are never owned. I literally laugh out loud when I hear individuals say that it is illegal or unethical to poach or steal employees from another company. Let me be crystal clear on this: Employees are …

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Assessing Employee Referral Programs: A Checklist

The relative poor performance of most programs can be attributed to one or both of the following reasons: Poor program design Poor program execution From an outside advisor's perspective, recruiting managers underutilize, under-appreciate, and under-fund most ERPs — despite the fact that in many organizations referral programs produce at least 30% …

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How a Former CEO Built A World-Class Recruiting Department

A Recognized Leader In addition to the assessment that went into preparing this case study, the world-class efforts of the Valero recruiting team were recognized in 2005 by a panel of recruiting industry thought leaders that awarded them a prestigious ERE Recruiting Excellence Award. The ERE Excellence Award to a …

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