7/14/11: Top Talent Development Posts this Week

July 14, 2011 by Wally Bock

Every week, I review blogs that cover talent development to find the very best talent development posts. This week, you’ll find pointers to pieces on talent wars, recruiting online and otherwise, engaging high potentials, and connecting the dots for integrated talent management.

From Mike Haberman: Talent Acquisition Wars Include Hoodies

“If  you are in the high tech business today your talent acquisition strategy had better include hoodies, chocolate fountains, gourmet food, napping rooms and big parties, according to writer Geoffrey Fowler in his WSJ article The Perk Bubble is Growing as Tech-Sector Booms Again. Companies are once again competing for talent offering perks mirroring what was often done in the late 1990?s.”

Wally’s Comment: The high tech sector is so hot right now that many observers are worrying about another tech bubble. Mike Haberman helps you understand how that affects recruiting and some of the marvelous perks that are part of the talent acquisition game in that part of the world. “Recruit like it’s 1998!” could be the slogan of the day.

From John Zappe at TLNT: New Survey Finds That 89% Are Using Social Media in Recruiting

“No longer just the shiny new object in the toolbox, social media recruiting has become an integral part of hiring.”

Wally’s Comment: Social media are part of recruiting everywhere these days. This post is a good, quick overview of the state of social media in recruiting.

From Bill Kellner at Right Management: It Still Comes Down to Who You Know

“Person-to-person networking continues to be job seekers’ most successful tool. We recently analyzed job data on the nearly 60,000 individuals throughout North America to whom we provided career transition services over the past three years.”

Wally’s Comment: The more things change, the more things remain the same. Remember that while technology changes rapidly, human nature doesn’t change. That’s the core of Bill Kellner’s point in this post.

From Jon Ingham: Engaging the HiPo

“I’ve been dipping into some of HCI’s Engagement & Recognition conference in Chicago (and streaming) today.  … I was particularly impressed by a session from Leah Haunz Johnson at the Corporate Leadership Council: The Disengaged Star: re-engaging your high potentials.”

Wally’s Comment: John Ingham is doing a public service reporting on various HR conferences and seminars. Here’s one about engaging those high potentials.

From Barb Arth: Connecting the Dots — Not a Game for Kids

“Through my recent blog posts, we’ve been discussing the best practices of leadership development.  Today, we are ready to review the fifth (of six) best practice:  integrate leadership development with other talent processes.”

Wally’s Comment: This is an incredibly rich post. You may want to set it aside to give it the time it deserves, but if you do that, mark your calendar for a specific time to make sure you get back to it.

Wally Bock is a coach, a writer and President of Three Star Leadership.

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