March 21 , 2018

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6 Talent Management Lessons From the Silicon Valley

No matter where I travel around the world, people are extremely curious about the unique talent management practices of Silicon Valley. Over my 30+ years of working in the Valley, I have tried to distill the best talent management practices of great firms like Facebook,Google, and Apple (as well as the practices of many of the startups) into what I call “the Six ... Read More »

Get Rid of Your Bad Hires Quickly With a ‘No-fault Divorce’ Process

Everyone knows that the average hiring process is less than perfect. In fact, most selection processes have high failure rates (i.e. even after months or even years of “assessment,” nearly 60 percent of the marriages in California end in divorce). So it shouldn’t be a surprise that as many as 46 percent of new hires fail within 18 months, according ... Read More »

Winning ‘the War to Keep Your Employees’ Requires Re-Recruiting Your Top Talent

  If you expect to win “The War to Keep Your Employees,” you must continually assure that the best offer that a top performing employee receives comes from inside your own firm. In order to assure that, management must periodically approach top talent and recruit them again (re-recruit) just as if they were a new external prospect. Although I coined ... Read More »

The Government Shutdown Provides a Great Recruiting Opportunity

It’s hard to miss the troubling news about the “government shutdown” and the “debt default crisis,” but what has not received a lot of press attention is that these negative events have unwittingly created a powerful recruiting opportunity for hiring away top government workers. The idling of federal employees can be properly labeled as a recruiting opportunity because clearly the ... Read More »

Actionable Predictive Analytics and Implementation — the Next Big Thing in Talent Management

Every leader wants to know what is the “next big thing” in talent management? Well in my book, it is the forward-looking talent management approach known as predictive analytics. If you are unfamiliar with the term, predictive analytics are simply a set of decision-making metrics or statistics that alert or warn decision-makers about upcoming problems and opportunities in talent areas ... Read More »

A Quick Guide on How to ‘Talk Strategically’

Many in business and most in talent management fail to realize that as soon as you open your mouth, it’s immediately obvious to almost all leaders and executives whether you are “strategic” and “know the business.” If you have ever been a CEO or senior executive (as I have), you already know that strategic individuals use a completely different language ... Read More »


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 »