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The Sky is Falling!
The talent shortage is real and getting
worse. Luckily, Steve Jobs has the solution.
Over the last few months, I've spoken with
recruiting leaders at dozens of Fortune 500 companies, getting their
reaction to some of the hiring challenges we all face. It seems that
everyone agrees the talent shortage is for real and getting worse, but most
recruiting leaders are reluctant to implement the bold actions needed to
address the problem.
In this article, I want to make the case that
we have a problem, get your viewpoint, and then offer the vision of Steve
Jobs, Darwin, the underpinnings of the American Industrial Revolution, and
obviously Geoffrey Moore, Jimmy Buffett, and Thomas Friedman. These are our
guides on how to implement the appropriate corrective actions. (Lou
The Rise of the Enterprise Mashups
I have been spending a lot of time over the past month thinking about the
potential impact of mashups, gadgets, widgets, add-ons, or whatever you want to
call them, on the enterprise. Just this past week, Yahoo announced
Yahoo Pipes, Microsoft launched
Connected Services Sandbox, and just
yesterday I saw the first preview of Teqlo's
approach (Mark Crofton has a good write-up
The pace of mashups and the varying approaches to creating mashups continues to
So what is a mashup or
widget and what is the difference between the two? The
best description was
recently provided by Phil Wainewright (who, by the way, rights one of the
best SaaS blogs out there).
Essentially, mashups combine public domain web information with SOA-based
components utilizing open APIs in most cases.
ProgrammableWeb suggests there are
currently over 1,500 mashups today (although nearly half of those are map-based
"HR Transformation": A Well-Worn and Oversold Buzzword or Actually Starting To
Become a Reality?
We've had that phrase "transformation" done to death for years now, and
suppliers have repeatedly been accused of packaging HR services under a
"transformation" wrapper that was really....well... a lot of that lift-n'-shift
stuff that didn't really come up to snuff.
However, recent HRO deals are beginning to show signs of proving this
stereotype wrong. Many of the recent deals have major HR transformation
components built in that actually negate any really significant cost-savings,
and the driver behind HRO is clearly one of driving shock into a company,
effecting quick change, and offering companies the chance to actually do things
Job Search Affiliate Programs
You can generate RSS job searches through a single TagJag OPML pull:
http://tagjag.com/jobs/keyword/opml (obviously, you'd want to replace the
word 'keyword' with your own search term. I think I've uncovered just about
every job search site that outputs RSS for search queries (if I'm missing any,
please let me know). I only bring this up after being approached by at least
four companies in the past month to start doing co-branded job search portals.
While I'm sure this works well for some, it's never really worked well for me in
Even though I've just set job listings at
$5 for 60 days through Simply
Hired's Jobamatic, I'm really not expecting a single bite. Why? Oh, maybe
because I've set up job affiliate sites
before and (despite sending good traffic) have wound up making far less than it
costs me to buy a cup of Peet's coffee. (Chris
Pirillo) (Tip of the hat..Specht)
10 Free Ideas to Develop Your People
Free of charge but incredible value!Feel free to add to the list or post
on your site so that we can create a master document.
- Listening - Really listening. People love to be listened to, the
upside is you understand their issues and motivation 100% better.
Google Reader - Set
up a list of development blogs or brain fitness for your team to
Google News - Set up a
news alert about your industry, your company, your local area to
keep them abreast of development.
I found on the Watson Wyatt site a WorkUSA
research paper that WW looks to have sponsored. In the "WorkUSAź 2006/2007:
Debunking the Myths of Employee Engagement, Executive Summary," WorkUSA
attempts to identify some myths and ascertain what actions might be most
important in driving engagement. (I should note that I didn't purchase the
WorkUSAź 2006/2007 research
suggests that employee engagement has a strong impact on an
organization's bottom line. Unfortunately, a number of myths,
misconceptions and false assumptions are leading employers down the
wrong path when it comes to building employee engagement. As a result,
many are investing time and money in ways that will do little to
increase engagement levels.
When I added
FilmLoop to the TechCrunch DeadPool last month based on rumors of mass
layoffs, it was clear there was more to the story. The thirty person company
had raised $11.5 million in capital and by any calculation should have still
had at least $3 - $5 million left in the bank. They were trailing Slide,
RockYou and Photobucket in their market, but had just launched a
completely new platform that was getting good reviews. FilmLoop wasn't
dominating the market, but they were not on the ropes, either.
More of the story has leaked, from multiple
sources close to the company. Here's a rough timeline of what appears to
have happened: (TechCrunch)
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