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Posted on 26. Jan, 2012 by John Sumser.
When Lars Schmidt launched NPRLife, a twitter hashtag that gives an inside look at working at NPR, it was one more in a series of bold, inexpensive moves. Schmidt, who has built Recruiting teams around the media industry, is the prototype of a pioneer. In conversation, Lars seems to have a built in reminder. Somewhere, [...]
Posted on 23. Jan, 2012 by John Sumser.
There are few people in the HR industry who are as influential as Tim Sackett. The widely respected author of HR’s Guide to White People, Sackett is one of those influence the influencers kind of guys. Belligerent is his disdain for political correctness, Sackett is the epitome of the tough minded HR pro who is [...]
Posted on 18. Jan, 2012 by John Sumser.
Chris Hoyt is easily recognized as the most innovative recruiter in the business today. The past couple of years have seen him host a variety of events while taking charge of his role at Pepsi where Chris is responsible for the design, implementation and sustainability of PepsiCo’s global digital and social recruiting strategies inclusive of [...]
Posted on 20. Sep, 2011 by John Sumser.
When I asked Fishdogs about influence, he said, “The only place influence matters is within your own network.” It’s been a long time since someone made me think when I asked the question. At this point, I’ve asked about 1100 people about influence. Fishdogs surprised me. It isn’t the first time. Fishdogs, a nickname Craig [...]
Posted on 31. Aug, 2011 by John Sumser.
It takes a while to develop real world influence. While some people will tell you that the best measure of influence is whether or not people will take your call, there are other things that can shape the world we operate in. The depth of one’s influence has something to do with changing the way [...]
Posted on 09. Aug, 2011 by John Sumser.
Influence is not necessarily a popularity contest. Our culture has its fair share of shallow, well meaning people who are well liked. And, there is little reason to overlook the dramatic impact that charisma, good looks and the spotlight have on decision making. In some ways, popularity matters terribly. In others, it’s an irritant at [...]
Posted on 30. Jun, 2011 by John Sumser.
Big accomplishment often catapults the person behind it to a position of influence in the industry. This is true of the high powered HR VPs who have worked over years to achieve industry prominence. It also happens to entrepreneurs who sell their companies. Susan Strayer, Marriott International’s Senior Director, Global Employer Brand and Marketing, is [...]
Posted on 17. Jun, 2011 by John Sumser.
Influence is not celebrity (although celebrities can be influential). As we’ve seen throughout this long running series, influence is not a Klout score, a stock value on EmpireAvenue or even (gasp) a Traackr score (like we currently use in our automated rankings). Each of these is a useful way to learn about people and their [...]
Posted on 16. Mar, 2011 by John Sumser.
Top 100 Influencers v 1.76 Bob Corlett Great talent in the HR and Recruiting universe rarely arrives in a straight line fashion. None of the stories of the Top 100 to date involve a person who went to school to become a member of the HR Industry. This is particularly ironic when you think about [...]
Posted on 19. Jan, 2010 by John Sumser.
By John Sumser Hank Stringer has been in and around the Recruiting business for 31 years. In that time he’s seen all of the sides of the equation. He’s been in executive search, corporate recruiting, contract recruiting, CEO of a big league Recruiting Software company. If you poke at anyone with legs in recruiting, they’l [...]