Top 100: Status Update

Top 100: Status Update

Posted on 06. Oct, 2009 by in Blog, Top 100

By John Sumser

Top 100: At the 1/3 point

33 people into the Top 100 list is a good time for a reckoning. I began the process of identifying the industry’s key influencers over five months ago. 145 interviews, 33 profiles, and hundreds of hours later, it’s the one third of the way there. Moving forward, we’re going to speed things up.

Are you finding this useful?

For me, the most interesting part of the project is coming to terms with the limitations of my own assumptions. Before I started the project, I was certain that I knew the nooks and crannies of the industry. Today, I am not so sure.

Influence works in pockets and niches. Each of the players in the profiles has influence within a context and almost none outside of it. That’s easy to understand. SHRM Membership, at best, is about 35% of the HR market and much less of recruiting. In total, the trade shows reach about 1% of the market. There are no easily recognizable figures on the national scene.

The players occupy self-contained orbits that are nearly immune to the rest of the scene. Instead of an overall industry, there’s a sort of planetary structure. Each planet is certain that it is the center of the universe. In some ways, that’s true.

For now, I’d appreciate a little bit of help. Please let me know (in the comments) how you think the process is going, what you think I’m missing and what you’d like to see next. As always, I am particularly interested in suggestions for the list.

Here’s the progress to date:

Overview Pieces

The Influencers

1.01 Naomi Bloom – The Software Architect – Bloom and Wallace
1.02 Kevin Grossman – The Clarifier – HRMarketer
1.03 Kevin Wheeler – The Futurist – Future of Talent Institute
1.04 Elaine Orler – The Recruiting Strategist – Talent Function Group
1.05 Jeanne Achille – The Gentle Connector – Devon Group
1.06 Robin Ferracone – The Boardroom Player - Farient Advisors
1.07 David /component/page,shop.product_details/flypage,flypage.tpl/product_id,59/category_id,7/option,com_virtuemart/Itemid,62/”>cialis vs generic cialis Manaster – The Community Builder – ERE
1.08 Bill Kutik – The Technology Czar- HR Technology Conference
1.09 Bill Vick – The Padronne - ExtremeRecruiting TV
1.10 Rob McIntosh – The Game Changer- Avanade
1.11 David Perry - The Guerilla – Perry Martel
1.12 William Tincup – The Reframer – Starr-Tincup
1.13 John Sullivan- The Good Doctor – John Sullivan Associates
1.14 Dan Hilbert – The Edge – OrcaEyes
1.15 Doug Berg – The Scientist – Jobs2Web
1.16 Allan Schweyer – The Director – Center For Human Capital Innovation
1.17 Tony Karrer – The Training Engineer – TechEmpower
1.18 Peter Clayton – The Reporter – Total Picture Radio
1.19 China Gorman – The Operator – SHRM
1.20 Jessica Lee – The Editor – Fistful of Talent
1.21 Mike Mayeux – The Processor – Novotus
1.22 Shally Steckerl – The Sourceror – Arbita
1.23 Rusty Reuff – The Entertainer – Reuff Associates
1.24 Elliot Clark – The Publisher – Shared Expertise Media
1.25 Valerie /component/page,shop.product_details/flypage,flypage.tpl/product_id,59/category_id,7/option,com_virtuemart/Itemid,62/”>cialis vs generic cialis Frederickson – The Sage – Valerie Frederickson & Co
1.26 Todd Raphael – The Quiet Force - ERE
1.27 Brian (Skip) Schipper – The Coral Reef Manager – Cisco
1.28 Penelope Trunk – The Brazen Careerist- BrazenCareerist
1.29 Gerry Crispin – The Connector – CareerXroads
1.30 Darren Romano – The Headhunter’s Headhunter
1.31 Auren Hoffman – The Synthesizer – Rapleaf
1.32 Neil McCormick – The Standard Bearer – Talent2
1.33 Mike Foster – The Builder- HCI

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  2. Peter Clayton

    06. Oct, 2009

    Hi John,
    I have a suggestion for you: “The Onboarder” George Bradt.
    I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing George on several occasions (there’s a two part interview on Total Picture Radio this week) discussing his new book, Onboarding: How to Get Your New Employees Up to Speed in Half the Time. This is a must read (in my opinion), for hiring managers. George is the co-author of The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan: How to Take Charge, Build Your Team, and Get Immediate Results — any executive moving into a new role (or currently in transition) would find this book a tremendous resource. George is founder and managing director of PrimeGenesis a firm focused on senior executive onboarding. He owns the onboarding space.

    John, thank you so much for this series. It’s been great to get to know the people you’ve profiled. Although I’ve met (and interviewed) many on your list, I know them so much better, in a more personal and profound way, having read articles.

    One more suggestion: Dr. Karen Stephenson – she’s an expert in organizational anthropology — trusted networks — which gets at a lot of what your developing with the Influencer Series. These people do not exist on an org chart.

    Also, you realize this IS a book… Collins, Wiley…

  3. Gerry Crispin

    06. Oct, 2009

    Might also be interesting (before people step off the stage in all these recruiting niches you are exploring) to build a robust timeline from say 1911 (the publication of Scientific Management by FW Taylor to 2011) on the emergence of various recruiting events, technologies, people, etc.

  4. Paul Jacobs

    07. Oct, 2009

    Hi John,

    I’ve enjoyed the series, especially as you dig down into the many different facets of influence. It’s great to see a real diversity of influencers, genders, ages, roles and personal styles.

    I have noticed the list is very North American. Possibly the next two-thirds of influencers will be from outside the part of the world where UFOs only seem to land in films (with the exception of District 9).

    Maybe your intention is for the list to be local, but in my books there are influencers in all pockets of the world, including non-English speaking countries. Technology has made the world a smaller place, in some ways borderless. I value both local influence and global influence.

    I like Gerry’s idea above.

  5. Frank Speer

    07. Oct, 2009


    I like the series “Top 100 Influencers”. I am anxious to find out who are the other 67 influencers are as I have found out most I knew of but several were new to me.

    I would echo Peter’s comments on George Bradt regarding Onboarding. I would also recommend Howard Stevens from the HRChally group as not only an advocate of assessments but as a strong proponent of sales education degrees/programs within colleges.

    My only other suggestion would be to reveal 2 per week (Monday and Friday). Otherwise it may start to drag over time.

  6. hi john… i’m still loving the project – thanks for your tireless efforts on this. as you and i have exchanged messages on this matter… i am sitting back still wondering who the key influencers are in public sector HR space… and then i’m also now thinking about who the best minds are in the academic space. they are such interesting areas that get little notice from the everyday practitioner, i think… but the work is so interesting and so difficult that i can’t help but to be a bit curious as to who do we need to pay attention to…

    maybe, hopefully, others have suggestions?

  7. Dave Opton

    06. Nov, 2009


    I have found this project very initeresting as well. While I don’t know if this would fit your criteria or not, you miigt consider Janet-Jones Parker who among other things was one of the first to establish a search firm specifically focused on bringing women into the executive suite and later on played a key role in rejuvinating the AESC.