Category: Talent Management

How CEOs + CHROs Can Help Recruiters Attract Unicorns


Recruiters rarely receive any kind of leadership and emotional intelligence training. They will receive plenty of technology training, and probably negotiation training. But when it comes to it, humans hire humans. Companies should invest in education and training for recruiters to enhance their talent acquisition and retention rates. After reading

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3 Roles for Recruiters in the AI Era


Think AI will replace recruiters? Think again. It’s making them more powerful than ever as ambassadors, overseers, and protectors of their companies’ values. For all the headlines it has managed to grab lately, artificial intelligence remains a bit of an enigma — and a somewhat alarming one at that. With reports that up to half of all the

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“Hire Earlier” 5 Startup Tips


“I wish someone had told me to hire earlier. I did everything by myself at the beginning, and as you’d expect, I dropped a lot of balls and wasn’t the best person to be around during the honeymoon period of starting a new business. With the clarity of hindsight, I wish I had hired a support team earlier.” I had the pleasure of interviewing

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Solving The Recruitment Image Problem


I bet you don't have a favorable view of recruiters. I want to change that. Recruiting has an image problem and there seems to be misguided cheer that recruiting will be saved by technology disruption to rid the world of recruiters. The idea seems logical: The artificial intelligence stack, such as bots, machine learning and algorithms, can

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Salesforce & Mobify: The Real-life Talent Experience


Previously featured in the Huffington Post. In 2016, I spoke with two dynamic innovation leaders, Peter McLachlan, Chief Product Officer from Mobify and Simon Weaver, VP Engineering at Salesforce. Both conversations summed up for me the real-life candidate and talent experience in today's breakthrough companies.   Peter McLachlan, Chief

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Meet the Matchmakers: Headhunters, Recruiters and Coaches


Navigating the world of recruiting can be downright confusing. Constantly, I’m asked to explain the difference between a recruiter, headhunter, contingency search, retained search, career coaching, transition coaching, leadership coaching and their value. In simplest terms, each role serves specific functions in the business of employing and managing

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Recruiting is Broken


  Recruiting is broken. It’s a deeply flawed system. According to a recent poll by Deloitte Touche, the majority of human resources professionals agree with this statement. The current state of recruiting is not meeting the demands of a 21st Century workplace because it doesn't effectively build relationships or develop talent. It lacks a

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How Augmented and Virtual Reality Will Impact Work


  TechCrunch recently ran an article that announced by 2020 augmented and virtual reality will reach $150 billion disrupting mobile. Between Facebook’s $2 billion for Oculus, Google’s $542 million for Magic Leap, Microsoft’s HoloLens, and Epson the augmented and virtual reality markets are poised for huge expansion as these giants discover

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Saving the World 9 to 5: Sustainable Companies and Talent


I’ve noticed a rising trend among the many talented professionals I have the privilege of working with- they want to work for sustainable companies. No ifs, ands, or buts. They’re willing to leave their large corporate roles or decline large offers from companies that aren’t in alignment with their highly driven global responsibility and green values.

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How to Fix the Crisis in Recruiting Ethics


There’s a crisis in recruiting ethics, and its massive. An incident recently reported by The Daily Mail illustrates a slice of the dilemma facing the industry. One weekday morning while traveling on the London Underground along with lots of other bleary-eyed commuters, a disgruntled man cursed at a man who he believed was standing in his way as he exited

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Engaged Employees Create Successful Companies


  Failing to engage employees in the workplace wreaks havoc in the office creating an environment ripe for bad behaviour that erodes trust among employees. It boils down to human nature. When employees feel that their basic survival is threatened, you bring out the worse in them. As social creatures, humans gain a sense of belonging and security

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Battle for Growth: Human Capital Development Strategies


Elon Musk is a master problem solver, a tremendous innovator and a master of human capital development evident in the breakthrough companies he has built and ideas he has brought to market. I admire Elon Musk’s commitment to tackling a myriad of society’s challenges and his pro. He continues to break through boundaries as an entrepreneur in his drive

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The Talent Wars: How to Keep Your Unicorns


  The talent wars have begun. While global unemployment may be hovering around 10%, there is a real shortage of qualified candidates for many open positions. Poaching talent has become commonplace in today’s market, and the average employee turnover rate is predicted to rise from 20.6% to 23.4% by 2018. It’s hard enough to source and hire talent

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Effective Management Strategies for a Global Workforce


  One of the big challenges I am observing in organisations is effectively managing global workforce with its rich diversity and cultural nuances. I had a situation with a San Francisco client where had I not coached him to understand the different nuances between American culture and language in comparison to his new European employer, the job

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Caging the Unicorn: Talent Retention and Engagement


A widespread workplace revolution-taking place in Silicon Valley that is rippling across SV North, Silicon Beach and slowly traversing into other start-up and tech environment is what I call ‘The Caging of the Unicorn’ or professionally termed as upping the ante: Using the science of the brain and big data for talent rentention. These employees are

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Strategies to Mitigate Employee Burnout


  I see employee burnout all the time. It’s not a new phenomenon in the tech industry. It’s often pushed to the side and hushed up, but addiction and burnout are a big problem for a lot of otherwise high-performing technology workers. I would estimate 1 out of every 20 coaching candidates that comes to FORWARD have hit rock bottom as a direct

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Why Organisations Need to Fully Buy into Talent Before Hiring


  Recently, FORWARD was in the process of placing a fantastic developer only to realise the entire team had not yet bought into bringing this particular talent on board. They were not yet clear on what they needed from a developer to fill the position because of other factors weighing in on the role. I decided to stall the process and make the

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