The War for Talent: After 17 years it’s time for a new idiom


Posted by David Green, Business Development Director | Talent management
Posted on February 3rd, 2014 at 10:54 am

To echo Bloc Party’s career high business is in a continual ‘state of flux’ as we transition from the certainties and rigidity of the organisational age to one that is increasingly more complex, collaborative, knowledge-based and global. Read full post

Can job titles shine a new light on the dusty old corporate ladder?

Posted by Will Innes, Brand Strategy and Innovation Leader | Talent management
Posted on January 28th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Like many of my generation (no, I’m not THAT old), job titles have been a pretty important part of professional life. Getting a shiny new business card with a more senior sounding addition was a source of pride; an acknowledgement that you had achieved a certain ‘standard’. And your bank balance would look slightly better at the end of next month. Organisations have traditionally been hierarchical structures, systems of control where job titles have denoted pay grade, responsibility and seniority. And we all signed up, for better or worse, to climbing that ladder. Read full post

Holacracy or Anarchy? Zappos does Punk Rock


Posted by David Green, Business Development Director | Leadership, Talent management
Posted on January 13th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

2014 was only into its third day when I learnt my first new word of the year.

That word was ‘Holacracy’ and it appeared in The Washington Post as part of an article revealing how Amazon owned on-line retailer Zappos has decided to restructure under a new ‘radical’ organisational model. Read full post

Ten predictions for Talent Acquisition in 2014 – Part 2


Posted by David Green, Business Development Director | Talent management
Posted on December 17th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Yesterday, I peered into my crystal ball and outlined my first five predictions that will drive Talent Acquisition in 2014. These centred on the War for Talent intensifying, the consequent requirement for an increasingly segmented approach we call Talent Economics, employer branding going into orbit, outcomes replacing cost per hire as the dominant recruiting metric and HR (finally) embracing big data. Read full post

Ten predictions for Talent Acquisition in 2014 – Part 1


Posted by David Green, Business Development Director | Talent management, talent retention
Posted on December 16th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

The Christmas tree and decorations are up, the kids have hung their stockings over the fireplace and most importantly of all the cellar is stocked to the brim with fine French wine. So it’s that time of year when we peer into our crystal ball and make some bold (and hopefully prescient) predictions about the main trends that will drive the Talent Acquisition space in 2014. The first part (1-5) is presented today with 6-10 following tomorrow. Read full post

Marissa Mayer breaks another HR taboo, but is she right to do so?


Posted by David Green, Business Development Director | Leadership, Talent management
Posted on November 20th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Marissa Mayer doesn’t do subtle and she certainly doesn’t do HR niceties.

Since taking over as CEO of Yahoo in July 2013, Mayer has become one of the most talked about business leaders on the planet.

Steering the fallen technology titanic on the right course has been no easy task, but with Mayer at the wheel the company has thus far navigated itself away from the many icebergs in its path. Read full post

Employee Engagement – Is it just another ‘buzz phrase’?


Posted by Julie Copperthwaite - Director, Life Sciences | Talent management
Posted on November 6th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Throughout my career in Life Sciences I’ve been bamboozled by the number of acronyms and buzz words that I’ve been confronted with!  For a while ‘Employee Engagement’ seemed to be just another one of them, just another gauntlet to be thrown at the feet of Human Resource Leaders!  However, as ‘fluffy’ as the phrase sounds, it’s essential to the life blood of any organisation. Read full post

TAAHEED – Building Recruitment Partnerships in the Middle East

Posted by Jonathan Bennett, Director, TAAHEED | Talent management
Posted on September 17th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

We have a simple regional strategy: to offer organisations across the Middle East the full benefits of a Recruitment Partnership. Read full post

A new talent analogy – shoes not sport

Posted by Julia Colin, Global Engagement Lead | Talent management
Posted on June 25th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I’m feeling a little jaded by all the sports analogies when it comes to Talent.  I know it’s 2012, London Olympics and all, but hey, I feel we need diverse talent metaphors too.
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High impact teams: Leading by example


Posted by Gul Bulutoglu, HR Resourcing Lead | Talent management
Posted on May 30th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

When I think of organisations that pioneered talent management as the way forward, GE and PepsiCo (amongst others) spring to mind. CEOs of these organisations identified that successful business meant successful people. Knowing your top talent and developing them as future leaders was one step in retaining precious skill sets.
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