July 26 , 2017

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A Missed Opportunity – Failing To Use References For Recruiting Top Talent

Most know references to be a tool for checking a candidate’s background, but it’s important to realize that reference related factors can also be one of the simplest, cheapest and effective areas for identifying top candidates. Even the best corporations that excel at recruiting routinely fail to realize that references and the reference process itself can be powerful sources for ... Read More »

Dr. John Sullivan’s High-Impact Interview Questions for Top Candidates

If you’re not getting exceptional hires, it may be because your traditional interview process is simply not designed to excite them. Instead of dwelling on the past, a superior alternative is to ask them to solve real problems, to demonstrate that they are forward-looking and that they have solutions for the future. Top candidates routinely dislike standard interviews because they ... Read More »

Bold Approaches For Successfully Retaining Every Innovator – Part 2

Part 2 of a 2 part series (Click here for Part 1) A retention toolkit for innovators. As the economy picks up and unemployment rates continue to drop, I can forecast with a good deal of certainty that the turnover rates among all employees will increase. However, it is important to realize that in a rapidly growing economy, the value ... Read More »

Bold Approaches for Successfully Retaining Every Innovator – Part 1

Part 1 of a 2 part series (Click here for Part 2) A retention toolkit for innovators. Corporate executives are beginning to learn the high value of Innovators, which can be 5 to 300 times the value of an average employee. If a company doesn’t have enough innovators, a primary option is recruiting them. In a previous related article, I ... Read More »

Announcing The Winner In The Epic Corporate Battle Of Innovation Vs. Efficiency

Take notice: If what you do produces only average results… prepare to be eliminated! We are witnessing a visible revolution and shift in corporate focus. The public visibility of this shift is unusual because strategic changes in the corporate world are normally slow in coming. In fact, the majority of corporate leaders typically fail to identify or even grasp it ... Read More »

How Yahoo’s Decision to Stop Telecommuting Will Increase Innovation

Marissa Mayer’s decision to require Yahoo employees to “come into the office” has already been criticized by many. But most of the criticisms that I have come across have been based on emotion rather than data. If you understand the science behind increasing innovation through face-to-face interaction, her decision can only be classified as “a brilliant business decision.” Innovation Has ... Read More »

Hiring A Targeted Innovator Requires Bold Approaches

The Top 30 Boldest Actions for Recruiting Individual Innovators. I just returned from the always powerful CoDev conference where a prime focus was on the difficulty of hiring and retaining innovators. Almost everyone agrees on the value of innovators but unfortunately, because of their design and their lack of boldness, most corporate recruiting processes simply cannot successfully hire a highly ... Read More »

Use a Salary Reopener Clause to Increase Your Offer Acceptance Rates

One of the most frustrating elements of recruiting occurs when after weeks of hard work, you have found an excellent candidate who is excited but you can’t get past the last sticking point: the appropriate starting salary. The candidate naturally wants more, but the company is often reluctant to offer more money because they are uncertain whether the new hire ... Read More »

The End of Sourcing is Near… the Remaining Recruiting Challenge is Selling

With the growth of the Internet, social media and employee referral programs, “finding talent” is becoming amazingly easy. In recruiting, we call finding talent “sourcing” and for nearly 3 decades sourcing has been the most important but difficult aspect of recruiting. After all, if you can’t “find” great talent, you certainly can’t interview and hire them. But finding top talent ... Read More »

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Why Candidates Are Dropping Out of Your Hiring Process

As seen on Yello (March 31, 2017) by Tracy Kelly. HR industry thought leader and professor of management at San Francisco State University, Dr. John Sullivan, says the cost to candidate withdrawal is real; the lost investment is a drain on team resources. Your online application is too complicated Sullivan reports that at Fortune 500 firms, 9 out of ten ... Read More »