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Hiring and Acquiring – Two Sides of the Same Coin?

It is hard to imagine two organisational activities that result in more high profile, costly failures and reputational damage than corporate acquisitions and senior level recruitment (although culture change probably comes close). Situations where high hopes and strong rationale underpinning an acquisition or senior level hire can quickly give way to the realisation that a big mistake has been made are all too common. At first glance they may not seem to be too similar; yet both activities share some of the same fundamental problems and issues. Given that failure in these activities is hugely damaging to businesses, isn’t it time businesses changed their approach to hiring and acquiring? Continue reading Continue reading

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Rethinking the War for Talent

Despite advances in technology, selection methods and years of cumulative experience; organisations continue to struggle squaring the recruitment and talent puzzle. Arguably, with all the tools currently available to them, businesses are no better at recruiting than they were 20 years ago. Whilst new technologies and social media have widened the net, there is little evidence to suggest that decision making is improving or that organisations are better at understanding what makes a successful hire. Maybe it is time that we re-frame the talent question and look at recruitment decisions through a different set of filters? Continue reading Continue reading

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Peopleware and Social Business – A Missing Piece?

Despite the fact that the term ‘peopleware’ was first coined in 1977 and a book by the same name was published in 1987, there is little contemporary mention of peopleware today in social business circles. It’s going to be interesting to watch the changing role of peopleware in social business, not least the idea of what peopleware is and how it can help social business realise it’s full, transformative potential. Continue reading Continue reading

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Creating Sustained High Performance

Ilaria Vilkelis gave us a nice write up on her blog yesterday when she spoke about success in an uncertain economy. The part of her piece that really struck a chord with me was this section on exploring the space … Continue reading

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The Apprentice: A rocky road ahead?

Those in the UK will no doubt be aware that last Sunday saw the finale of The Apprentice, where the nerdy inventor Tom Pellereau triumphed over the hyper-organised and arguably more capable Helen Milligan (here). In contrast to previous series’, … Continue reading

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2011, a Year of Relationships?

Ross Dawson has a view of both next year and the next decade. Amongst the trends, relationships are becoming more and more significant (if they weren’t already!) and given the increased use of social media tools, this is only likely … Continue reading

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How do you measure the quality of your relationships?

I came across this intriguing post from Robin Dickinson, asking about people measure the quality of their relationships. This comment really caught my eye; Given that we are empowered to make literally 1000’s of such connections [via social media], this … Continue reading

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Formal v. Informal Relationship Structures

John Hagel III and John Seely Brown have an excellent post which as usual covers a wide range of perspectives and insights. While some of the points are more strategically orientated, operationally, there is some really useful stuff too. The … Continue reading

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Millenials value Networks and Relationships

Susan Scrupski writes about some research she’s been doing with GE and J&J, the upshot of which is that as the generational collide increases, the value placed on networks and relationships by younger employees seems to rise. In Susan’s words; … Continue reading

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Business is just Relationships

Sig has a great post on the slowly emerging theme that “Business” is nothing but “Social Networks”. Given the recent rise of numerous social software platforms and the maturity of Business Process Management, it is refreshing to read that people … Continue reading

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