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How Social Sleuthing Can Land You A Dream Job

Written by Paul Bailey

Is your job hunt stalled because employers don’t respond to your inquiries? It’s time to rethink your communications strategy. Are you sending generic letters and resumes? Do you emphasize your skills and achievements? There’s a better way to gain an employer’s attention — and it’s easier than you may think.

Consider this — most recruiters rely on social media to check candidate profiles. Why not take a page from their playbook, and leverage social surveillance in your job search? It’s only fair. And it’s entirely free. All it takes is a little bit of digging.

Here’s how you can find helpful information and use it to ace every step of the job application process:

Start By Looking And Listening On Social Channels

Let’s say you find an ad for an attractive job. Your first step is to look at the company’s digital footprint — its primary website, as well as its blog, and presence on LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter and Facebook. At each location search for the following:

•  Hiring manager or recruiter name. Review their Linkedin profiles. Do you have anything in common, professionally? Be sure to check their interests and interview pet peeves on Facebook or Twitter.
•  Company background. Familiarize yourself with the organization’s target demographics, recent news, and products/services.
•  Someone who’s working in the position for which you’re applying. That person has the job you’re targeting for a good reason, so check what you have in common. If they have qualifications or technical knowledge you don’t, and those are related to the job, that’s a clue. Study those differences.
•  Challenges the company and its industry are facing. Prepare two or three suggestions on how you could help address those issues.
•  Company values, vision and mission. This is required baseline knowledge for anyone who wants to be considered a serious job contender in the social era.

Next Steps: Put Information To Use 3 Ways

1) On Your Resume

Take time to customize your resume. Align your skills and credentials with the job you’re pursuing. Highlight related achievements, too.

Remember your research on the person who already has the job you’re seeking? Look at how that person describes the job, and think about how you could insert skills or tasks on your resume that fit with that description. (Of course, don’t list these skills unless you really have them. Authenticity trumps all.)

2) On Your Cover Letter

Don’t start your cover letter with “Dear Sir/Madam” or “To Whom It May Concern.” Address the the recruiter or hiring manager directly.

Include key phrases from the job ad, and pair them with some phrases from the company’s mission/vision/values. For example, instead of writing “analyst with five years’ experience in banking,” say “analyst with a get-it-done attitude and five years’ experience in banking” (where “get-it-done attitude” is part of the company’s values).

You might think this is cheesy, but it gives the recruiter a subliminal signal that says, “Hey, this candidate will do well in our culture.” It’s also much better than using generic cliché phrases, such as “hardworking,” “honest” or “quick learner.”

3) In Interviews

Use your knowledge of the interviewer’s LinkedIn and Facebook profiles to break the ice. If you don’t have anything in common, try talking about their interests.

Don’t say something like, “I saw you worked at Chase Bank for two years. I worked there as an intern!” This ruins the ice-breaker because the recruiter will sense you’re trying too hard to establish rapport, and it reveals that you’ve been snooping on social sites.

Mention whatever it is you have in common, but don’t drag the recruiter into it. Say, “I was an intern at Chase Bank.” It’s likely that the recruiter will respond by acknowledging his history there.

Assuming you can establish rapport, the next step is to reinforce why you’re the best candidate for the job by eliminating the competition. This is where most of your research will pay off.

Asking questions makes you stand out from the hundreds who simply shake hands and say, “Thank you for your time.” Ask about the challenges new hires encounter, then tell a story about how you successfully handled similar challenges. Your awareness of current employees’ skills will be helpful, as you highlight your job-specific knowledge and competence with necessary tools. If you can confidently use the jargon or lingo associated with the job, use it.

Ask about the challenges faced by the company or industry, then share suggestions you’ve prepared in advance. However, don’t overdo it. Your task is to portray yourself as a problem-solver, not a know-it-all.

The next time you want to apply for a job, do research before you send an application. Customize your resume and cover letter for every job application you send. And use the intelligence to prepare yourself to stand out from the crowd.

Have you tried these techniques in a job search? How did they work for you? What other ideas do you recommend? Share you comments below.

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Paul Bailey is a certified professional coach and business improvement consultant with more than 12 years of experience. He specializes in helping people realize their potential and unleash their inner confidence, so they can find meaningful work that matches their skills and values. Learn more about Paul and his coaching services at Impact Coaching & Mentoring.
Or connect with Paul on Twitter or Google+.

(Editor’s note: This post is republished from Brazen Life, with permission. Brazen Life is a lifestyle and career blog for ambitious young professionals. Hosted by Brazen Careerist, it offers edgy and fun ideas for navigating the changing world of work. Be Brazen!)

(Also Note: To discuss World of Work topics like this with others in the TalentCulture community, join our online #TChat Events every Wednesday, from 6:30-8pm ET. Everyone is welcome for events, or to join our ongoing Twitter conversation anytime. Learn more…)

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Why Recruiters Should Bet on Technology

Hiring the best talent for your company’s open positions should never feel like a gamble. Yet all too often, recruiters feel like they’re just rolling the dice, hoping to discover the ideal candidate.

Fortunately, the hiring process no longer has to feel like a game of chance, thanks to a wealth of smart new technologies, from social media sourcing to video interviewing. It’s always a good move to leverage innovative tools that can help make recruitment faster and easier.

The infographic below (compiled by Spark Hire, an online video resume and interviewing platform), shows that more employers are taking their chances with HR technology. It also suggests some compelling reasons why. For example:

 94% of recruiters plan to use social media in their recruitment efforts
  More than 6 in 10 employers now use video interviews in their hiring process
  Big data is expected to generate 4.4 million jobs by 2015
  Companies will spend more than $2 billion on gamification services by 2015
  70% of active job seekers are using mobile devices to look for jobs

New HR technology can help remove the guesswork from the hunt for top talent. Mobile recruiting can make it easier for candidates to apply, while video interviews can help you see beyond a candidate’s online poker face. If you roll the dice and apply winning technology across the recruiting process, the odds are likely to give you an advantage in today’s talent acquisition game.

Does your organization compare with others in applying new technology to HR? Check out infographic below, and share your opinions in the comments area!

What do you think? What new hiring technology has helped your company the most?

Forbes Picks TalentCulture As A Top Career Site: 3 Reasons Why It Matters

“The people to get even with are those who’ve helped you.”
–J.E. Southard

Today it’s time for us to “get even” by expressing deep gratitude! Why? Because Forbes.com has selected TalentCulture as one of “100 Top Websites For Your Career.” Of course we’re thrilled — and not just for all the obvious reasons. So, in the spirit of lists everywhere, here are our 3 Reasons Why This Forbes List Matters:

1) It Matters For Our Mission

By including us, Forbes is acknowledging the rise of crowdsourcing and virtual communities of practice in today’s social business world. And, if you consider the breadth and caliber of the company we’re keeping, it truly is an honor to be featured.

2) It Matters To Others In The World Of Work

On this list, everyone is a winner because there are no rankings. Instead, as Forbes staff writer Jacquelyn Smith notes:

“Our goal was to assemble a comprehensive guide to smart and engaging…online destinations for interns, job seekers, business owners, established professionals, retirees, and anyone else looking to launch, improve, advance, or change his or her career.”

forbes-logoForbes has developed a highly eclectic mix of sites. It’s not just about wildly popular social platforms like Twitter; professional networking sites like LinkedIn; job boards like CareerBuilder; and reference sites like the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Forbes actually adds meat to those big bones with niche services like CareerBliss and PayScale, as well as informational sites like Lindsey Pollak and Jobacle.

However, for us, the most exciting sites on the list are the many valued friends, partners and participants in our TalentCulture community. For example:

Blogging4Jobs by Jessica Miller-Merrell
Brazen Life by Brazen Careerest
Come Recommended by Heather Huhman
Keppie Careers by Miriam Salpeter
The Office Blend by Dr. Marla Gottschalk
Tweak It Together by Cali Yost
WorkLifeNation by Judy Martin
YouTern by Mark Babbitt

3) We Hope It Matters To You

Most importantly, this recognition is a positive reflection on each of you — the tens-of-thousands of monthly visitors who rely upon TalentCulture as a resource for helpful “world of work” ideas, insights, connections and conversations with professional peers.

This milestone is also an opportunity for us to express our gratitude for the hundreds of community participants who, for nearly 4 years have generously developed blog content, appeared as guests on our #TChat Radio shows, participated in our popular #TChat Twitter events, and shared knowledge and peer support continuously on our social media channels.

TalentCulture exists only because of the time, effort and skill that each of you contribute. That’s the beauty of community. This isn’t merely a “website.” This is a reflection of a continuous collaborative process that our founder, Meghan M. Biro, calls a “metaphor for the social workplace.”

Truly, in this case, we could not have done this with out you. So thanks to you all! And congratulations on what you’ve helped us create. Stay tuned to this site — and let’s see where our living learning laboratory will take us next!

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Hiring Interns? Choose Wisely (Infographic)

“Good Enough” May Not Be So Good

If you’re looking to add value to your company, taking on an intern who’s only “good enough” just doesn’t cut it. Of course, every internship applicant isn’t going to knock your socks off with stellar skills, experience, and a fresh perspective. But what should you expect?

Let’s face it: Hiring interns can be a challenge. Although candidates may look good on paper, interviews often reveal a whole different story. Some students and recent graduates may stumble into your office lacking any knowledge or interest in your company. Others may offer attractive skills or experience, but want a hefty salary. And others may balk at an entry-level role that seems uninspiring.

What To Do?

Building a strong internship program starts with a long-term vision. It’s about finding talented young candidates who demonstrate potential to transform into full-time hires. What should you look for on you mission to find a rockstar? Consider the “best” and “worst” profiles in the following infographic from InternMatch, an online platform that specializes in connecting intern candidates and employers. It highlights some fascinating statistics about Millennials (aka Generation Y):

  • 89% say that constantly learning on the job is important
  • 40% think they’re smarter than their boss
  • 40% say they should be promoted every two years, regardless of performance
  • 50% prefer unemployment to working at a job they hate

What Have You Discovered In Hiring Interns?

Do you agree with these statistics? What traits matter most when you hire interns from today’s pool of young talent? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

InternMatch Infographic Best and Worst Intern Candidates

The Human Side of HR Self-Service

(Editor’s Note: If it’s Monday, this must be Meghan’s #TChat Preview, right? Well, in the spirit of continuous improvement, we’re shifting the editorial flow. Starting this week, you’ll see #TChat Preview/Sneak Peek videos even earlier than before. Our Community Manager, Tim McDonald, is posting weekly previews on the weekend, so that Meghan is free on Mondays to share whatever is on her mind. That should keep us all guessing! Let us know what you think of this approach. And as always, thanks for your support!)

HR & Technology: A Natural Power Couple

I’m psyched about the upcoming HRO Today Forum in Philadelphia from April 30-May 2. This is a fun HR/Tech meeting of the minds. It’s always exciting and inspiring — filled with the best and brightest minds, and the latest cool and innovative HR technologies. In fact, this will be my second year serving as a judge at the Forum’s iTalent competition. Think of it as “The Voice” (or as I put it last year, “The X Factor”) for those of us who obsess over HR technology. I can’t wait to see who wins this showdown!

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Read the full Forbes.com column now…

What Makes HR Tech So Powerful?

But of course, tech for tech’s sake isn’t the goal. It’s really about finding ways to create a better world of work. As I explain in my Forbes.com column this week…

Self-service is a key development in building and retaining a work-class workforce. It is a key leadership and learning tool. It is what the future looks like. And it’s here today. 

But … Self-service is no substitute for savvy hiring. It can take smart hiring to a new level, but never, ever forget that hiring is the bottom line in HR and leadership. If you hire wrong, all the “insanely great” self-service efficiency in the world will be worthless.

So, even as we embrace new ways to operate more efficiently and effectively, we need to keep our eyes on the strategic business prize. To see the full picture from my point-of-view, read my Forbes post:

“5 Attributes of a World-Class Workforce”

Bottom line: Technology is only as valuable and productive as the people using it. Until robots rule the world, people are your core asset. So let’s not lose sight of what really makes the world of work go around.

P.S. Want to explore the link between workforce strategy and technology in deeper detail? Then read this week’s #TChat Preview post, and join the conversation!

(Editorial Note: Want to read the RECAP of the week’s #TChat events? See “HR: What Are You Waiting For?)

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BONUS: #TChat Live with Recruiting Trends

(Editorial Note: Want to read the RECAP of this week’s events? See The Best-of-All-Ages Workplace #TChat Recap)

A quick reminder for all of our colleagues in the TalentCulture community:

In the world of work, the lights are always on and we’re always on the move — especially this week! You don’t want to miss any of the action. So stay with us each day. We’ve got ya covered!

What’s ahead?

In addition to hosting our regularly scheduled #TChat events on Tuesday & Wednesday, we’re also on the road this Thursday, April 11, in Washington DC, tweeting live from the Recruiting Trends’ Social Summit.

Join us! Learn more about our Sourcing & Recruiting Social Summit activities…

Rockstar Radio Lineup

Meanwhile tonight, be sure to catch Recruiting Trends Sr. Director, Anna Brekka, when she co-hosts #TChat Radio at 7:30pmET with our CEO, Meghan M. Biro. Our featured guests are Ashley Lauren Perez, Sourcing Specialist, and John Wilson, Founder and CEO at WilsonHCG.

Tonight we’re talking about how to overcome generational stereotypes in hiring and the workplace. And tomorrow we’ll carry that topic over to our #TChat Twitter forum, as well.

It’s all about keeping you connected with one another — and with all the latest trends and hot topics in HR, talent management, careers and business leadership. So climb aboard the good ship TalentCulture, and fasten your seat belts, as we set sail for a week of discovery in the human side of business.

We’ll see you on the stream!

 

Age at Work: Just a Number? #TChat Preview

(Editorial Note: Want to read the RECAP of this week’s events? See The Best-of-All-Ages Workplace #TChat Recap)

What’s the truth about the interplay of generations in today’s workplace? Are we moving forward, or do “generation gaps” still hold us to the past?

Is this topic old news? I feel like it might be. Not sure if it’s just me. Perhaps I’m just wishfully thinking we should have moved on by now. But it’s important. And it deserves another look.

Age Stereotypes: A Reality Check

So, just between us, let me ask: Do you still catch yourself making snap judgments about people based solely on their age? Boomers, Gen Y, Gen X…whatever.  We fret over how to recruit Millennials. We wonder how to manage them versus others. Does all this conscious attention to generational differences help or hinder progress?

Age-based stereotyping is deeply ingrained in our history, our culture and our collective social psyche. Now, in the 21st century world of work, it holds back individual advancement, business performance and innovation. But how do we move past reactions that seem almost second-nature? That’s the topic we’re tackling this week, in the TalentCulture community.

Getting Over Generational Bias: Growing Pains

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Watch the #TChat “Sneak Peek” videos now…

To begin the conversation, I suggested ways to smash age-based stereotypes in my Forbes.com column yesterday.

Rethinking stereotypes requires some deep internal soul searching. Gaining self awareness is the first step — and it’s not necessarily easy.

Facing your biases is an emotional exercise, as well as an intellectual one. But the process can be highly rewarding for professionals and the companies they serve. Fortunately, now there’s strength in numbers, as our #TChat forums take on generational stereotypes as a collaborative effort.

#TChat Weekly Topic: The “No Labels” Workforce

Leading us through this week’s conversation are two human resources management experts from WilsonHCG John Wilson, Founder and CEO, and Ashley Lauren Perez, Sourcing Specialist. Both John and Ashley helped us set the stage for this week’s topic in brief Google+ Hangout “sneak peek” videos. Check them out now!

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Tune into #TChat Radio live on Tuesday or on-demand after

I hope you’ll plan to join us at #TChat events this week, where we’ll take a closer look at labels in the workplace, and how to build cultures that value diversity in all of its forms:

As always, throughout the week, we’ll keep the discussion going on the #TChat Twitter stream and on our new LinkedIn Discussion Group. So please join us and share your thoughts, concerns, opinions and ideas.

#TChat Weekly Questions

Why not start now? Take a moment to consider this week’s discussion guide and tell us what you think. Your comments are welcome, early and often:

Q1:  In the world of work, how are the generations the same? Why?
Q2:  With Millennials, we have myriad misconceptions. But for all generations, what are the most pervasive?
Q3:  What is the role of leaders in helping to smash stereotypes about generations in the workforce?
Q4:  Does tech facilitate cross-generational interaction? Why/not? How can we forge more connections?
Q5:  Innovation and free-thinking go hand-in-hand. But does innovation ever encourage age stereotyping? Why?

We’ll see you on the stream!

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Career Moves: An Unconventional Payoff

“Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.” -Emily Dickinson

I sat along the far front corner of the partner’s desk, trying not to sulk in the chair. This particular partner, an attractive Chinese woman in her mid-30’s, sat quietly behind her desk while she studied my professional profile like an archeologist attempting to decipher an ancient scroll. She even put her glasses on at one point. The partner’s sister — also a partner, and just as attractive but a few years younger — smiled at me like I was a special child about to get on the short bus for the very first time.

They asked me a series of questions about my experience and skills. They finally warmed up to me as we continued to talk about career aspirations, Silicon Valley, VC’s and HR-related tech startups.

Finally the older sister took her glasses off and said, “You know, you’re very unconventional. You’ve done a lot over time, and have been quite diverse in a short time, especially on paper. Now you’ve engaged with us to help give it all context. And it’s a pleasure, by the way. But still, it’s hard to put you in a…bucket. You know?”

I do. And so do many others who have carved and crafted their way into unconventionality by learning new skills, making career transitions, job hopping, consulting, freelancing, starting business endeavors and any combination thereof.

Professional Mobility Goes Mainstream

Nancy Friedberg, president of New York City executive coaching firm Career Leverage, recently said in a Fortune article, “Partly because of all the economic instability lately, and partly due to the entry of Gen Y into the workforce, people increasingly see themselves as free agents. It’s all about the portfolio of skills you bring, not loyalty or security. Moving around has become the new norm.”

This was a recent candidate experience I had with an executive search firm in Silicon Valley. Lovely, smart women who knew their business and understood the power of the professional skill portfolio. But as I noted earlier this week, we are naturally stalwart creatures of comfort and habit. Talent selection, mobility and succession planning have long been determined primarily by literally matching hard skills and experience to a job description, and of course gut instinct.

This is not to disparage any search professional working today, but saying that talent strategies should focus on hard skills is no longer enough. The softer skills — communication, empathy, team-building — are just as integral to selection and development, if not more so. The partners I met with understood this and made it clear during our conversation.

Looking at Talent Through New Eyes

This week on #TChat Radio, Josh Bersin emphasized the importance of looking at human capital management challenges through a more strategic, holistic lens. Rather than emphasizing the need for hard skills alone, high-impact organizations seek people with a full spectrum of capabilities — and develop both hard and soft skills. As organizations reinforce and expand these combined capabilities in real-time, and provide flexible context that responds to workforce competencies, we can expect talent selection, talent mobility and business performance to improve.

Those of us who pursue unconventional paths should take heart – it seems the tide is turning in our direction. If only unconventionality paid better, right? Actually, for the progressive individuals and companies propelling themselves and the enterprise forward, it does.

I’ll tell you more about my new bucket soon…

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Is the Employment Romance Really Over? #TChat Preview

EDITOR’S NOTE: Want to read the RECAP of this week’s events? Read “#TChat Recap: Feeling the Freelance Love in Today’s Workplace”

You know the story. Once upon a time, companies courted new talent with the promise of a lifelong relationship. “Work” meant employment and job security for years, if not decades. But the romance has died, for better or worse. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an estimated 40 percent of all U.S. workers currently operate on a part-time or contract basis. And, as Bersin by Deloitte says:

The contingent workforce is now a permanent fixture, so many elements of talent management, recruiting and engagement are being extended to these mobile ‘free agents.’

Really? Just how well are companies rising to the occasion in this highly scalable new world order they’ve created? Are contractors still considered second-class citizens in most corporate settings? What’s being done by leading-edge companies to ensure that contingent workers fit into the culture and engage with the organization? Without funding from hiring companies for professional development, is the future of the contingent workforce at risk? And what does this mean for business innovation and competitiveness, overall?

Here are the questions we’re asking at TalentCulture World of Work events this week:

Q1: Do all these shifts in the employee-employer relationship mean they’ve broken up for good? Why?

Q2: Do you see a world of work where the employee & employer ever get back together, like it used to be? Why?

Q3: Contractors & part-timers are “pan-opportunists.” Is this what they want? Does it help or hinder innovation?

Q4: Social media leads employees & contractors into other orgs’ arms. How can leaders use it to foster fidelity?

Q5: What are some specific strategies for employers to rekindle the romance with their employees?

Click on the image to see the preview at #TChat Radio and, on the day of the show, to listen and participate.

Just a reminder — we do the #TChat dance twice every week now. So, join us first on Tuesday, Feb. 5, for #TChat Radio from 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT. Then, on Wednesday, Feb. 6 — from 7-8 pm ET (6-7pm CT, 5-6pm MT, 4-5pm PT, or wherever you are) — we’ll revisit the employment romance, on #TChat Twitter.

Joining us as guests for both the chat and radio show will be Greta Roberts (@gretaroberts), CEO at Talent Analytics Corp. — a company using analytics to link raw talent with business performance — and Dawn Rasmussen (@dawnrasmussen), founder of Pathfinder Writing and Careers, a boutique resume writing and career management company.

It’s a Valentine’s Month–themed #TChat this week, so let’s check in for some World of Work relationship counseling. Is the employment romance really, truly over? Or can the employer and employee — full-time, former, part-time, contractor or other — really still be friends?

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Connecting Career Dots: #TChat Recap

Question: What was your favorite job to-date? Now tell me, how did you learn about that job? And how did the hiring manager decide that you were the best candidate?

Did friends, family, former colleagues – any people you know – make a difference in helping you locate and land that satisfying opportunity? I bet you said yes.

Certainly, other factors count. Skill, speed and smarts – even serendipity – can play a role in making a strong career move.

But after a week of #TChat discussions about how to stay ahead of the curve in today’s job environment, I’m reminded that one factor matters most. The key is not how fast or how elegantly you travel along your professional path – it’s how many others you bring along for the ride.

Hint: The Secret Sauce is Social

No matter how rapidly the world of work evolves – desired skills, business environment, job hunting tools – relationships are the common denominator that defines the trajectory of every career. Truth is, connectedness creates powerful career leverage.

How we build and maintain relationships may shift as technologies and customs change. But at the end of the day, relationships matter. They’re the fuel that drives professional momentum. And professional communities like TalentCulture are living proof.

Digital forums may never replace the impact of direct contact. But they create a whole new context for connectedness that the world has never seen. And that can translate into far richer learning, collaboration and professional opportunities for career-minded individuals.

But don’t take my word for it. Look at what experts say…

NOTE: To see specific highlights from yesterday’s “Career Management” #TChat session on Twitter, watch the Storify slideshow at the end of this post.

#TChat Week-in-Review

A special thanks to career management and mentoring expert, Mark Babbitt, Founder and CEO of the popular internship portal and blog, YouTern. His leadership through the week’s #TChat activities kept us all focused, engaged and open to new ways of managing our careers.

SUN 1/6
TalentCulture Founder, Meghan M. Biro set the stage in her Forbes.com post: “5 Powerful Career Drivers for the Future of Work”

MON 1/7
#TChat weekly preview post: “Lose Job? Keep Career!”

Google+ Hangout Video: As a prelude to his appearances later in the week, Mark Babbitt talked with TalentCulture community manager, Tim McDonald, about key challenges in today’s job market.

TUE 1/8

Click to hear #TChat Radio Show

#TChat Radio Show: Hosts Meghan M. Biro and Kevin W. Grossman led a lively roundtable discussion about how to find a good job fit in the New Year. The session featured Mark, along with two other career management experts, Miriam Salpeter, Founder of Keppie Careers, and Andy Osburn, CEO of Equals6.com.

WED 12/19
#TChat on Twitter: The community returned from the holidays in fine form, ready to share ideas about career management challenges, opportunities and strategies for success. Thanks to everyone who contributed thoughtful input!

Here’s just a taste of the interaction from last night’s #TChat stream…
(For full highlights, watch the Storify slideshow at the end of this post.)

Biggest career management challenges?

There’s no such thing as job security any more, but a good network provides security. @AlliPolin

Learning when to stay, leave or pivot in your career / job is a heavy thought for many people. @CyndyTrivella

What job hunting activities matter most?

Get comfortable with the relentless pursuit of community and meaningful connection. Employed or not. Your next dream job starts here. @SocialSalima

Social media isn’t going to get you hired. The relationships you build there, though, just might. @talemetry

What do employers want most in candidates?

Employers want innovators and collaborators. @RogerVeliquette

Are resumes dead?

Over 80% of resumes are intentionally misleading. 70% of grads say they’ll lie to get a job. Horrendous. @Cream_HR

I think work “portfolios” will be more common in some areas. Show me what you accomplished! @Victorio_M

Online/digital tells the story of where we’ve been and where we want to go. It’s 360 degrees, it’s free, it’s here. @SocialSalima

Your personal brand and social media are your 3D resume. @EmilieMeck

Best job search technologies?

I think you answered your own question…..the technology is Search. @JimLundy

Google, chats (#tchat, #hfchat), LinkedIn, Glassdoor, networking data base. @AnneMessenger

Build your community – BEFORE you need it! @susanavello

Whatever the technology – must be used to get face-to-face with hiring manager! @RichardSPearson

Best tech for finding a job is a handshake and positive attitude! The rest just gets us to the handshake. @JanisSpirit

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Closing Notes & Highlights Slideshow

NOTE TO BLOGGERS: Did this #TChat session inspire you to write about career management or other “world of work” issues? We’re happy to share your thoughts. Just post a link on Twitter (include #TChat or @TalentCulture), or insert a comment below, and we’ll pass it along. There are many voices in this community, with many ideas worth sharing. Let’s capture as many of them as possible.

WHAT’S AHEAD: Next week, we shift our focus to Gratitude and Employee Recognition. Be sure to mark your calendar – first for #TChat Radio, Tuesday, Jan 15, at 7:30pm ET. And then for #TChat Twitter Wednesday, Jan 16, at 7pm ET. Look for a full preview on Monday, January 14 via @TalentCulture and #TChat. Til then, keep rockin the World of Work!

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#TChat INSIGHTS Slide Show: “A New Year of Career Management”

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LOSE JOB? KEEP CAREER!

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Hi #TChat friends! tweeting by the water today #Brrr #yyj http://pic.twitter.com/PjqNKlFnSean Charles
Happy #Community Manager Appreciation Day! #CMAD http://contently.com/blog/2012/01/23/happy-community-management-day/ #TalentNet #SMCDallas #TChat #USGuys http://pic.twitter.com/tiMRizz9Crystal Miller
Q1: What are the biggest career management challenges for professionals today and why? #TChatMark Babbitt
A1: Politicians, Medical Workers, Tax Attorneys #TChatTom Bolt
A1. Constant iteration – and Maintaining aftermath #tchatCream.hr
A1 If you always do what you always did – you will get the same results. Biggest hurdle for some? Change. #tchatEmilie Mecklenborg
A1: Making the most of the job experiences you have had! #tchatLegal Option Group
A1: Finding a company that not only matches your goals, but one you can trust to stay in business and do the right thing. #TChatchrys peterson
A1 Being visible and developing relationships both in and out of the organization is key and a challenge! #tchatAlli Polin
A1: Realizing that if you need help, you have to ask it. You can’t expect others to read your mind. #tchatRob McGahen
A1. Staying relevant and in demand when things change so rapidly- have to take control of your development #tchatJane Watson
A1 Learning when to compromise but not compromising yourself. #tchatFord Careers
A1 Knowing what career paths are feasible and what steps I need to take to get there. #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A1: I find a lot of career challenges involve not knowing yourself before leading others in the workplace. #TChatAndrew Henck
A1 – knowing that no job is permanent – always planning for the next while exceeding expectations on current… #tchatRichard S Pearson
A1 Another challenge, taking the time to truly engage with others, colleagues, clients, etc #TChatClaire Crossley
A1. Keeping up with the changing technology. How to stay relevant when there are so many innovations #tchatCream.hr
A1. Biggest challenge is to keep moving forward rather than becoming complacent or stuck. #tchatSabrina Baker
A1 Owning the career path, listen to your heart, not someone’s suggestions #tchatDustin Haverkamp
A1: Identifying short & long term goals – charting a path to get there #TChatAndy Osburn
A1. The biggest career challenge for professionals today is building the skills they’ll need for tomorrow. #TChatTalent Generation
A1: Biggest career challenge – Staying relevant in essential conversations. #TChatJon M
A1) lots of information out there to manage. You need to hire an intern to keep up! #tchatRich Grant
A1: Staying relevant and marketable. #tchatKevin W. Grossman
A1 With staffing reductions, balancing home and work can be a challenge due to extra hrs. @ work. #TchatCyndy Trivella
A1 – The biggest challenge is to stay ahead of change & manage market expectations #TChatLeAnna J. Carey
Q2: What are the top three activities job seekers should focus on this year and why? #TChatMark Babbitt
A2: 1. Think positive 2. Reach out to other ppl you know who are connectors 3. Scan CL and LinkedIn like your life depends on it! #tchatLegal Option Group
A2: Networking, personal meetings, staying true to plan (don’t let gear derail the focus. #TChatTodd Noebel
A2: Share your expertise… Listen to experts… Shut up. <= 3 more things #TChatTom Bolt
A2. FOLLOW YOUR PASSION. Seriously. #tchatCream.hr
A2 Never give up! #jobseeking and rejection can be depressing but don’t stop trying and try new ways. Only takes 1 #job offer. #TChatJanis Stacy
A2: building relationships, focused networking, & following those that have what you seek #tchatSkyWay Leadership
A2: Recognizing your talents and how they apply/transfer to diff jobs/careers, networking & building relationships. #tchatchrys peterson
A2. Community building. Surround yourself with those that find purpose and strength in helping group be successful. #tchatVictorio Milian
A2: Be aggressive with your job search, but don’t forget to take time for yourself. #tchatRob McGahen
A2: Network, Network, Network (BUT)…>>>>>>>Know when to ask!!!! #TChatSusan Avello
A2: Become a connector of people, ideas and intent. #TChatMeghan M. Biro
#tchat a2 building a platform to deliver valuable outcomes to their audience while increasing their reach and impact!Bruno Coelho
A2: Adjust your plan… Execute the plan… Measure results… Rinse and repeat. #TChatTom Bolt
A2. If you have a reactive mindset vs. a proactive mindset the world will pass you by #tchatBridget Webb
A2: Know your value, network with those who can propel your forward and and be adaptable to the market #tchatJen Olney
A2 build a strong online portfolio, participate in local networking groups & educate yourself through books & online resources #TChatHolly Chessman
A2 – technology, self-branding and cultural sensitivity #tchatmatthew papuchis
A2. Follow up, Networking, and Soul Searching. Do what you love #tchatCream.hr
A2: Send an informational interview request to a contact in your desired field/sector atleast once a week #TChatAndrew Henck
A2 – Innovation skills, Social Business, Results – Because business sustainability & growth are monumental to our biz economy #TChatLeAnna J. Carey
A2: Revamping that video resume, networking on all levels and focusing on a career, not just a job! #TChatSpark Hire
A2: Networking, networking, networking #tchatBright.com
A2 Clean cross-platform Social Media presence / Learn languages / No Drugs #TChatEnzo Guardino
A2. A successful job search isn’t about what you do, it’s about who you know. Never stop networking. #TChatTalent Generation
Q3: What are the hot professions today and what are employers looking for in every employee? #TChatMark Babbitt
A3 folks that are on high tech marketing are always in demand – as are those who can write well #TChatHolly Chessman
A3: As they say in NBA, I can tech you basketball. I can’t teach you to be 7 feet. #TchatCLOUDTalent
A3 Hire for potential! #tchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
A3. People who are loyal to their values. #tchatSalima Nathoo
A3 employers are looking for candidates that have tangible evidence that they can be successful at the job. bring out the brag books! #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A3 I love multi-talented candidates. Can pitch and close, knows HTML in a pinch! #tchatRobert Moore
A3: Problem solvers, for sure! Not just BS’rs. They’re’s plenty of those to go around! #TChatSusan Avello
A3: I want cynical, critical, idealist, hard-working empaths, please. #tchatKevin W. Grossman
A3 Often times, #job seekers R so nervous in the interview, they don’t take time to assess if the company fits their culture needs. #TchatCyndy Trivella
A3 Seems employers want already full time employed problem solvers. #TChatJanis Stacy
A3. Know what you can teach. Offer to build that capability on your team. #tchatJustin Mass
A3: If you can read this, employers want you: 010111010101011010 #TChatTheJobChaser
A3: Employers want innovators and collaborators. #tchatRoger Veliquette
A3) looking for passion, honesty, integrity, & a willingness to learn #TchatPortland John
A3: They seek a proactive person with a positive attitude! Dn’t forget how much value is placed on a persons “fit” within the co. #tchatLegal Option Group
A3 People who can laugh and not take themselves too seriously are always on the “we like that” list with employers. #TchatCyndy Trivella
A3) NACE – National Assoc of Colleges & Employers surveys regularly about this question. Soft skills wins out #tchatRich Grant
A3. Experience, knowledge and successes are important of course but soft skills are just as relevant. #HR #career #tchatBridget Webb
A3 Employers are looking for someone who will engage beyond the status quo, lead outside the box and co-create. #tchatSalima Nathoo
A3. Hot jobs? UI/UX Designers. In demand skills? Adaptability, flexibility, combos of skills (e.g. Creative + tech-savvy) #tchatJane Watson
A3 Creative problem solvers with depth of experience #tchatRobert Moore
A3: Employers want people who can MULTI-TASK; do many jobs. #Tchatchrys peterson
#tchat A3 Online Dreampreneurs will rock 2013! Every Entrepreneur with a worthwhile Dream can make a meaningful impact Online!Bruno Coelho
#tchat A3 employers are looking for: on the plus side: proactive, passionate, focused. On the minus but real: charismatic, attractive.Franny Oxford
Q4: Will the online profile eventually be the demise the resume? Why or why not? #TChatMark Babbitt
A4) Resumes = lack of creativity! Job seekers must be innovative, showcase their talents #TChatPortland John
A4: the resume is only a filter & not a good one at that – having better information will always lead to better decision making #TChatAndy Osburn
A4: Problem with resumes is they are push-based. Need #digitalweaver that is pull-based so that skills are contextual to job. #tchatCLOUDTalent
A4 Your personal brand and social media are your 3D resume #tchatEmilie Mecklenborg
A4: first thing a potential employer does is “google” you. So in some respects, your search results is modern day aggregated resume. #tchatmatthew papuchis
A4:Online profiles will create a one-stop-shop as recruiters will be able to not only evaluate work exp & evaluate social presence.#TChatLidia Cords
A4: Important to be ready with both: resume (electronic, no more paper) + online profile. #tchatAnne Messenger
A4 over 80% of resumes are intentionally misleading. 70% of grads say they’ll lie to get a job. It’s horrendous #tchatCream.hr
A4: Some say that it seems to be headed that way. Do #recruiters look at social media profiles before contacting an applicant? #Tchatrecruiterbox
A4 I hope I never have to write another resume again #justsaying #tchatRobert Moore
A4: A quality online profile will fortify the resume. It gives a qualitative view of the person. #TchatJohn R. Bell
A4 Dead and gone. Because you can be whoever you want to be on paper and everybody knows it. #tchatCream.hr
A4) I think resumes started dying when we started using online application management systems. #tchatJennifer Tozer
A4: Online profiles basically ARE resumes – just updated more frequently. It’s progression, not replacement. #tchatBright.com
A4: Resumes are still important, but online profiles help complement what you show on paper. #TChatKC Job Seekers
A4: Paper resumes communicate so little about who a person is and what they can do for you. Online profiles are already here. #tchatMatt Hirschfelt
A4. Online profiles will definitely enhance the resume and change the format. Not sure about going away entirely. #TChatSpark Hire
A4 Full resumes will give way to very personal cover letters, linked to online profiles. Needs customized focus to balance skills. #tchatStephen Abbott
A4 One day, surely. As is, reading through a CV is faster and somehow, more personal (reading between the lines) #TChatEnzo Guardino
A4. The online profile probably won’t replace the resume. But it’s already just as important. #TChatTalent Generation
Q5: What are the best technologies job seekers should be using in their search and why? #TChatMark Babbitt
A5: Be you…on and offline. It’s just that simple #tchatJen Olney
A5 Use technology, but don’t use it as a crutch to keep U from IRL interactions. Technology is a means to an end, not the end result. #TchatCyndy Trivella
A5 Vast amount of articles, white papers on every industry. Research current trends and pay attention to shifts in your field. #tchatFord Careers
A5: The best tech. for finding a job is #some by far. It’s been progressing steadily and I see no decline any time soon! #tchatLegal Option Group
A5: We live in a world of clutter. Anything that breaks through it with the right purpose & conviction is a candidate’s advantage. #TchatJohn R. Bell
A5. First jobseekers should be networking. Technology LinkedIn and of course twitter #TchatGuy Davis
A5 Connect and build relationships on #SoMe – use the one that makes you most comfortable – but do it! #tchatAlli Polin
A5: 2013 Social Video is a hot Technology for effective Job Search. #TchatSean Charles
A5: Best technologies for job seekers? Google, chats (#tchat, #hfchat), LinkedIn, Glassdoor, networking data base. #tchatAnne Messenger
A5: Building your community – BEFORE you need it! <<<<< Key! #TChatSusan Avello
A5. Tech is out. Direct referrals from friends and colleagues more effective with much less gaming than tech #tchatShane Granger
A5. Ask yourself….”Who do you know and who should you know?” Then find a way to connect/build relationship via #socialmedia #tchatBridget Webb
A5: Whatever the technology is – must be used to get face-to-face with hiring manager!!! #tchatRichard S Pearson
A5: Use technology + #social to take charge of your career, your destiny and your “life story” #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A5) I have not tried this but someone told me about http://jibberjobber.com for keeping track of contacts #tchatRich Grant
A5. Money and a smartphone. Money to maintain yourself and a phone to stay connected with people. #tchatVictorio Milian
A5: Sites and services that give you a glimpse inside to all the people, places and thing you’re interested in. #tchatKevin W. Grossman
A5 Best technology: tablet tech. Bring it into a job interview and show off your portfolio. That’s what I call #dynamicinterviewing #TChatTheJobChaser
A5: technology aside, nothing can replace the personal connections you have. So focus on technologies that will enhance relationships #tchatmatthew papuchis
#Tchat A5 Knowing which, can require trying many to know which works best 4 U. Not using technology will NOT play in UR favor.Cyndy Trivella
A5 Mobile Tech.>Better networking, search opportunities, be accessible and respond promptly to enquiries, wherever & whenever #TChatEnzo Guardino

Lose Job? Keep Career! #TChat Preview

The official word, that there’s economic uncertainty, is so 2012. We’re all cheerful and happy the economy produced 155,000 jobs last month (not completely, but we’re trying for some enthusiasm here).

So have we turned the corner? Can we all relax and think about careers instead of jobs? Well, perhaps the answer is a guarded yes. And besides, it’s always time to move beyond hanging on to your job — time to begin with active career management.

More than anything else, active career management is what helps you to stay employed, wherever your career  takes you. While job creation numbers might be less than auspicious, it’s time, yes, for employees, leaders and HR pros to get back in the game. Take control. Manage your life, your career and your future prospects. No one else will — but they’ll certainly manage to find someone else, who does.

This week’s #TChat World of Work and #TChat Radio are all about career management — what, how, when, where, how and why. We’re going where we haven’t in a year or two — to take a look at what it takes to actively manage a career, with stops along the way to look at barriers and challenges, and at how the topic has changed.

Here are this week’s questions:

Q1: What are the biggest career management challenges for professionals today and why?

Q2: What are the top three activities job seekers should focus on this year and why?

Q3: What are the hot professions today, and what are employers looking for in every employee?

Q4: Will the online profile eventually be the demise of the resume? Why or why not?

Q5: What are the best technologies job seekers should be using in their search and why?

Click to visit #TChat Radio on BlogTalkRadio

Join us Wednesday night, Jan. 9, from 7-8 pm ET (6-7pm CT, 5-6pm MT, 4-5pm PT, or wherever you are) for a #TChat where we’ll talk about getting back to being in control of our careers. Mark Babbitt (@YouTernMark), CEO and founder of YouTern, will be our moderator, backed by yours truly (@MeghanMBiro) and Kevin W. Grossman (@KevinWGrossman).

And, on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT, Mark will join two other guests for #TChat RadioKeppie Careers Founder Miriam Salpeter (@Keppie_Careers) and Andy Osburn (@Equals6Cares), CEO of Equals6.com. Tweet and chat with us!

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HR on the High Road in DC: #TChat Recap

Washington, DC. Our nation’s capitol. What better place to discuss the intersection of business leadership, HR and public policy? It’s the venue for this week’s Society of Human Resource Management Leadership conference (#SHRMLead). And it was the backdrop for yesterday’s dynamic #TChat session, as Illinois SHRM Director, @Donna Rogers, moderated the discussion with polish and panache.

(Speaking of panache, did ya get a peek at #SHRM’s hottest swag? Check the “Ask me about #TChat” bling that the leadership conference crew is rockin this week, thanks to Donna. We like that style!)

But of course, this week’s session went way beyond the buttons.

(To see highlights from the #TChat session, watch the Storify slideshow at the end of this post.)

Tackling Today’s Toughest Topics

Anytime the relationship between business and government is on the table, it sparks passionate opinions from all sides. And this #TChat was no different.

Although there were plenty of lighthearted moments, participants were engaged and the flow was intense. But yesterday’s discussion was different from many “business/government” forums I’ve encountered – especially on social media. This session was actually constructive. The ideas were grounded and realistic. Moreover, the tone was respectful. Despite diverse viewpoints, there were no snarky “gotchas.” No dismissive “know-it-all” comments. No locked-down partisanship on display.

A Lesson for Lawmakers?

Actually, that’s why I consider #TChat such a useful resource. Each week, hundreds of professionals who are deeply interested in the human side of business gather to focus on a single topic that affects us all. Everyone brings “A-game” ideas to share – and the loosely structured virtual environment makes crowdsourcing an efficient and exhilarating experience.

Logo for Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM)It’s not about intense “win/lose” debate. And it’s not about steering everyone toward the same conclusions. Rather, it’s about creating a forum for knowledge sharing that honors plurality of thought. The process is the goal. It’s a model for corporate collaboration. But more important, it’s a laboratory for collective virtual learning. No one has all the answers. But together, we have an opportunity to improve everyone’s game.

It makes me wonder – how much could our nation’s policy makers accomplish, if they embraced the #TChat model as a framework for brainstorming and problem solving?

Hopefully, enlightened organizations like #SHRM can influence the nature of policy dialogue, and show Washington the way! It could happen – even only on a limited scale. In the meantime, we can continue to demonstrate how these new forms of communication can make a difference. What’s more, we can continue to share the #TChat concept with others. If we don’t do it, who will?

To quote one of last night’s participants, Michael Clark at @ReCenterMoment:

Revolutions are always created and sustained by people, not policy.”

We, the people. We, the #TChat people. It’s our revolution. Let’s own it!

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NOTE: For highlights from yesterday’s business/HR/government #TChat session, see the Storify slideshow at the end of this post.

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Closing Notes & Highlights Slideshow

SPECIAL THANKS to this week’s guest moderator, Donna Rogers (@Donna Rogers), HR Management & Development Consultant, and Director of Illinois Society for Human Resource Management. She’s a strong advocate of TalentCulture and #TChat, whose tireless support has helped our community thrive.

Did you miss the #TChat preview? Go here.

NOTE TO BLOGGERS: If this #TChat session inspired you to write about business/HR/public policy issues, we’re happy to share your thoughts. Just post a link on Twitter (at #TChat or @TalentCulture), or insert a comment below, and we’ll add it to our archives. There are many voices in the #TChat community, with many ideas worth sharing. Let’s capture as many of them as possible.

WHAT’S AHEAD: No #TChat next week – Happy Thanksgiving! But be sure to mark your calendar now for our special 2nd-Anniversary “double feature” event, the following week! On Wednesday November 28, at 7-8pm ET, we’ll celebrate by looking at how #TChat has helped some of our best-known participants. And the day prior (Tuesday, November 27) we’ll showcase some of those community members on a live Radio #TChat show. It promises to be a week filled with great memories and glimpses of the road ahead. Look for the preview early next week via @TalentCulture and #TChat. Thanks!

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#TChat INSIGHTS Slide Show: Business Leadership, HR & Public Policy

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#TChat INSIGHTS: TalentCulture Goes to Washington

Storified by TalentCulture · Thu, Nov 15 2012 07:25:55

Some of the rowdiest #TChatters in the room #TChat http://pic.twitter.com/Q0dR8V4DDonnaRogersHR
@MeghanMBiro I am at the celtics game with hall of fame legend Bob Cousy – #tchat http://pic.twitter.com/x5VweLdbValaAfshar
I’m so excited. Hello all from #yyj Canada :) #TChat http://pic.twitter.com/MBO2LrbsSocialMediaSean
Dog stole my solo cup again…guess I’ll have to join the #tchat party without it. http://pic.twitter.com/nXpcAejpSusanMazza
Drink 2 is a KNOCKOUT punch! #TChat http://pic.twitter.com/CzCbHFk0DonnaRogersHR
#SHRMlead look for Cindy – she will tell you where we are at National Pastimes Bar on the lower level #tchat http://pic.twitter.com/hxGRLwnIDonnaRogersHR
If you are at #SHRMLead join us for #Tchat in the NAtional Pastime lounge (ask for us) http://twitpic.com/bd9bnlDaveTheHRCzar
Here we go! Button delivery prep for #TChat http://pic.twitter.com/afTuOReCDonnaRogersHR
Q1: In what ways is public policy shaping the future of the workplace – for better or worse? #TChat #tchatDonna Rogers, SPHR
A1) Here’s the crux of it: Policy lags, innovation leads. If we wait for policy we’ll never be innovative enough to be competitive. #TChatJonathan Kreindler
A1: Public policy needs to level the playing field when competition won’t solve problems of public interest #tchatGreg Marcus
A1: Public policy should address urgent prob>deteriorating environment, ageing population, jobless youth, mental health, innovation #tchatIrene Becker
A1. Healthcare Reform (& specifically health exchanges) may support more people abandoning trad jobs 4 contracting & freelance work. #tchatBob Lehto
A1. USA is only country in world that’s always debating value of education, training and development. #tchatMichael Clark
A1: Public policy in Cda, Australia and Chile has led to innovation in terms of welcoming entrepreneurs and innovators building biz #tchatIrene Becker
A1. companies/orgs/business isn’t black and white anymore. policy needs to think about the gray areas and non-traditionals #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A1 Some of us HR folk hate to hear about a new piece of legislation, but it wouldn’t be-if businesses did the right thing. #TChatJanine Truitt
A1. Determine relatively collective values, find leadership, align public policies, improve life for as many as possible. #tchatMichael Clark
A1: There has to be accountability and public policy has to not only further and protect the rights of employees but further biz #tchatIrene Becker
A1. I agree that education must adapt to better support Tomorrow’s workforce. #tchatBob Lehto
A1: Latest surveys say the French are the most productive per hour and they have the shortest wk day and longest vacations. #tchatIrene Becker
A1. Too many contradictions in public policy: work harder for less, maximum uncertainty, support children in high-stakes testing… #tchatMichael Clark
A1: policy assumes work = job — what about for those of us who don’t have a traditional job? our numbers are growing rapidly #tchatSusan Mazza
A1 – Public policies > regulations & accountability. That’s the good news, bad news. #tchatAnne Messenger
A1. i think it can help for protection purposes but i think it also can be really annoying when it comes to innovation/progression #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A1 Regional policies affect regional economies and opportunities; businesses will choose communities that fit best. #tchatStephen Abbott
A1. A prominent university executive told me, “You would laugh out loud if you saw our operating budget.” #tchatMichael Clark
A1: It seems that public policy makers ignore the fact that they are creating a competitive disadvantage for US business. #TchatJohn R. Bell
A1) impact of Obamacare (both real and perceived consequences) will influence what small bus owners do #tchatRich Grant
A1 At the state level, public policy can provide an employer friendly landscape to do business or not. #tchatShawn LaCroix
A1: In Canada small business does not have to adhere to the same scrutiny at all as mid size and large biz #tchatIrene Becker
A1 Public policy is needed because business does not do the right thing voluntarily! e.g. people treatment! #TChatIan Welsh
A1: Public policy began with all good intentions. Protect rights, prevent abuse. But has it become a bloated regulatory bureaucracy? #tchatMark Salke
YES @ToddNoebel: A1. Public policy impacts benefits, investments, innovation investments, hiring HR should insert & help shape #TchatMeghan M. Biro
A1: One disturbing aspect of public policy is over-regulation. <= not political, but constantly changing. #TChatTom Bolt
A1. K-20 education funding and programs are decimated while record numbers of people are seeking education and training. #tchatMichael Clark
A1: Keeping up on new policies for smaller businesses can be a challenge. I hear: “Not sure if this impacts us” #tchatAlli Polin
A1. People say to me, “Do we have to throw more $$$ at education!” I say, “YES!!!” #tchatMichael Clark
A1. Fully developed talent will awaken our economy and save our planet. #tchatMichael Clark
A1. Public policy impacts benefits, capital investments, innovation investments, hiring and more. HR should insert & help shape #TchatTodd Noebel
A1: Public policy process is too slow to effect or shape the workplace. #TChatRobert Rojo
A1 Public policy provides guidance on the administration of HR. Keeps us in check whether we like it or not #TChatJanine Truitt
A1) improved technology infrastructure-big impact in Maine. Upside – more broadband in rural areas Down-too many call ctr jobs #tchatRich Grant
A1: Oh, boy, already we’re in deep waters. #tchatAnne Messenger
A1: The infamous fiscal cliff will continue economic uncertainty… job uncertainty. Huge impact on incoming #20somethings. #TChatJon M
A1. We are underfunding, over-regulating and deemphasizing education. #tchatMichael Clark
A1: Lawsuit/ allegations that have come as a result of ridiculous public policy will challenge SMB’s who have everything to lose #tchatJobsite.com
A1 provides accountability and consequences for violations EEO, FLSA etc #tchatShawn LaCroix
A1. Public Policy also drives educational trends which translates into the supply side of graduates #Tchat #SHRMLeadDave Ryan, SPHR
A1: The more open, yields more business. The more closed sends business elsewhere. #tchatRob McGahen
A1: Too many are now hiring less FT which impacts engagement, and in some cases level of talent #tchatAlli Polin
A1: Don’t we already have enough public policy in the workplace? #tchatRayanne
A1: I’m gonna say for the better, and yet we haven’t gone far enough yet (more JOBS Act, please). Keep it civil, kids. #tchatKevin W. Grossman
A1: Sadly, public policies, like Obamacare may break already struggling companies with 50 or more employees. #tchatJobsite.com
True!! We need communication >> @CASUDI: A1 Can Public Policy really know & understand what is going on the workplace? #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A1: Some public policy is leading to more telecommuting. #TCHatBrent Skinner
A1: #Leaders #HR must be accountable for PUBLIC Policy – Actions speak. #SHRMLead #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A1. To understand impact of public policy on future of workplace, we have to start with K-12 education. #tchatMichael Clark
A1: I’m not using the O word…healthcare reform. #tchatKathy Herndon, GPHR
A1 Can Public Policy really know & understand what is going on the workplace? #tchatCASUDI
A1: Public policies like 1938 #FLSA limits #HR’s ability to design innovative, 21st century #workflex strategies for orgs #Tchat #shrmleadLisa Horn
A1: This would require legislation actually being passed by Congress, for improvements to happen, right? #tchatRob McGahen
A1 Through tax incentives & Credits. #TChat #SHRMLeadDave Ryan, SPHR
Q2: Why and how can HR and leaders stay ahead of regulations — to benefit organizational stakeholders? #tchatDonna Rogers, SPHR
A2. I truly believe #communities like this are creating significant positive change. #tchatMichael Clark
A2. Public policy creation must be done by people that see and comprehend big picture and single individual. #tchatMichael Clark
A2. How many people shaping public policy know K-20 education AND large, medium, small business organizations? #tchatMichael Clark
A2: it seems that legistlation continues to pit employees against business and vice versa – how do we change that? #tchatSusan Mazza
A2 Legislators have to focus on what is needed by society, not what business wants! #TChatIan Welsh
A2: Before we accept potential (new) policies we have to understand them to be able to intelligently advocate for change #tchatAlli Polin
A2. The revolution’s always created and sustained by people, not policy. #tchatMichael Clark
A2. if hr doesn’t stand up, they’ll lose talent. many people are starting their own ventures to break out of restrictions from policy #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A2 Common sense has gotten away from HR. In many cases we are playing a popularity contest that doesn’t favor the employee. Bad Biz! #TChatJanine Truitt
A2 Creativity is not going to happen in oppressive unregulated business environments! #TChatIan Welsh
A2. I’m seeing more and more “entrepreneurial” jobs within world of work in business and education. #tchatMichael Clark
A2: HR perspective vital in regulatory process.#SHRM Gvt Affairs always looking for input. #tchat #SHRMLEADKathleen Coulombe
A2 – Definition of “the right thing to do”? Tricky. Fine-line time. #tchatAnne Messenger
A2. Are human resources professionals given opportunities to shape work force policy? #tchatMichael Clark
A2. Definitely use SHRM resources and Social Media connections to share content and an understanding of policies #tchatChris Fields
A2: Regular self-evaluation, industry-wide support systems and maintenance of leading standards. #tchatRoger Veliquette
A2: Splitting up responsibilities across HR in larger orgs help to ensure people & culture aren’t ignored #tchatAlli Polin
A2: We may not like the concept of public policy, but recent history shows us what happens when checks & balances are not sufficient #tchatIrene Becker
A2. Be authentic. | cc @nancyrubin #tchatJustin Mass
A2. We cannot allow policy to stand in the way to talent development. #tchatMichael Clark
A2: Make sure INNOVATION a core value, align all depts (esp HR) to this value, Lead and be ahead of regulations. #TChatKeith C Rogers
A2: Like an agile lawyer, HR must show other functions how to work within regulations & generate desired biz outcome. #TchatJohn R. Bell
A2 If HR stops being a groupie to the C-Suite and gets back to working for the people they may find there will be less regulation. #TChatJanine Truitt
A2) Be transparent #tchatnancyrubin
A2 I think it’s not about staying ahead but more walking alongside, holding hands and leading Government..they are often clueless :-/ #TChatEnzo Guardino
A2: We need new processes for dialogue re legistlation – the debate model results in winners/losers vs. learning and better ideas #tchatSusan Mazza
A2. Read – Talk with each other – Stay informed #tchatChris Fields
A2: Listen to employees and work to foster open, collaborative environments to safeguard against the need for regulation #TChatIntern Employers
A2. HR professionals must be time, space, $ for mentoring and reverse mentoring. #tchatMichael Clark
A2: If you do the right thing, why would the regulations even matter? #tchatRob McGahen
A2: HR Leaders need to b/c and stay connected-u can’t mandate/regulate openness, agility, collaboration, – u experience it. #TChatAngela Maiers
A2: Leaders need to be good maze navigators… find the paths through policies w/ best result. #TChatJon M
A2) the prob can be, the more you read about pending legislation, the more confused you get. Too much political positioning #tchatRich Grant
A2: Live up to their employment branding,, for God’s sake! #tchatJobsite.com
A2: HR can be a catalyst and an advocate for the org when ahead & a partner when regulations are in place & impact #tchatAlli Polin
A2. Be knowledgable about trends – know where biz & emp trends r going – and b there b4 it becomes PUBLIC POLICY #Tchat #SHRMLeadDave Ryan, SPHR
A2 Secondarily, by presenting options to obviate or address pending regs to avoid compliance/risk issues #TchatTodd Noebel
A2 Business has to learn how to positively harness requirements rather than negatively oppose #TChatIan Welsh
A2 HR pros need to anticipate changes in workforce planning, economy and legislation to fast change adapt and stay ahead #tchatShawn LaCroix
A2: Just do the right thing. #tchatRob McGahen
A2. stop throwing their hands up in the air and accepting what is. HR needs to fight for whats right for them and the org #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A2: They should create own regulations that benefit employees & whoever they serve, clients or customers, but fall w/i guidelines. #tchatJobsite.com
A2: Um, heavy investment in lobbyists? #tchatMark Salke
A2 HR leaders must get involved in making “innovative” policies :-) that fit the scenerios #tchatCASUDI
A2: Ack. That’s a tough one. By staying ahead of regulations but not creating so many contradictory ones? Focus on self-regulation. #tchatKevin W. Grossman
A2) meaning keeping up with regulations? Need a team of smart, unbiased lawyers to help interpret new regs #tchatRich Grant
A2) Stay connected, be pro-active, share what you know and ask others when you don’t #tchatnancyrubin
A2: Partner with orgs that monitor and study policies and long-term impact (i.e. Mercer). #tchatKathy Herndon, GPHR
A2: Never stop learning. Policy often comes without a guide on how to do it. Follow HR bloggers and news on #SoMe #TChatTom Bolt
A2: HR needs to remain connected & be active outside of the org to be effective inside the org w/regulations #tchatAlli Polin
A2: Listening to employees is a novel concept, but worth considering in this day and age #tchatRayanne
A2: the operative word is leaders- it is not a department or job title- it is a systems change @ThinDifference #TChatAngela Maiers
A2 First and foremost by being involved with legislators to see what’s coming and advise org stakeholders #TchatTodd Noebel
A2. Savvy HR professionals are doing what they always do, staying ahead of as many curve balls as possible. #tchatMichael Clark
A2: HR and Leaders either solve problems or make them – just like any employee. They need to figure out how to “solve” #tchatJobsite.com
A2 create a great empowered place to work. A great company shouldn’t be hovering near the margins of compliance #tchatShawn LaCroix
A2. #HR reps & leaders need to stay on top of regulators & communicate w/ employees because open dialogue/transparency = key #tchatGabrielle Kur
A2: I’m gonna go for the low-hanging fruit: hierarchical? #TChatBrent Skinner
A2: Probably most any style would work with a #veteran, as long as respectful management is taking place #TChatJobsite.com
Q3: What role can technology play in forging more constructive ties between business and policy makers? #tchatDonna Rogers, SPHR
A3: It’s all about communication #tchatJobsite.com
A3. The solution to everything: Engagement, engagement, engagement! #tchatMichael Clark
A3: I tell you what, Labor/HR Policymakers should join #tchat! Would they ever get a snootful!Mark Salke
A3. Interesting, that so many of us know what to do: Focus on people first! Yet, it’s not happening like it could. #tchatMichael Clark
A3 Technology is great, but it’s a mere vessel. Plain old communication is still king in many instances & that is failing miserably. #TChatJanine Truitt
#Tchat A3 by listening to chats or conversations on the social web, policy makers can understand better what needs to be addressed & howMila Araujo
A3 – Social media seriously enables the fringes of a company to move their ideas across the matrix #TChatLeAnna J. Carey
A3: Tech. can help bis/policymakers understand & respond to realtime issues. (see:Newark Mayor @CoryBooker using Twitter for #Sandy) #TChatIntern Employers
A3 – Tech is quick and sexy. Longterm, still imp’t to know your stuff, be rational, reasonable, have relationships. #tchatAnne Messenger
They do but you can follow up w/ mail. @AlliPolin: A3: I use tech to get in touch with my legislators. not sure if they get my msg :/ #tchatMike Walters
A3. Governmental institutions and policy makers should be required to participate in the Social Revolution. #tchatMichael Clark
A3. HR must be tech savvy – not to limit tech, but learn its potential to increase engagement and productivity. #tchatChris Fields
A3 Social media is a game changer and so is analytics – tech is a tool – not what you have so much as what you do with it #tchatnancyrubin
A3. Also use #SoMe and tech to stay informed – in addition to communicating. #haveavoice #tchatTiffany Kuehl
A3: Technology should also help identify drivers of performance as well as critical problems to be resolved thru effective policies #tchatIrene Becker
A3 Tech has to be “sold” to the policy makers to show that it is efficient, cost effective & that u can’t hide from progress. #TChatEnzo Guardino
A3: Technology is a tool that will amplify the values of the organization, for good or ill #tchatGreg Marcus
A3. The development of #socialmedia has been life changing for gov relations! It demands transparency & 2-way comm #tchatGabrielle Kur
A3. Tech has brought more open communication than ever, supporting collaboration in a virtual way:) #TchatNisha Raghavan
A3) policy makers need help getting the right data, right info. With technology, there’s too much noise. Gotta be smart to filter it #tchatRich Grant
A3: #HRVoice Baby! Using tech to write your MOC makes sure u #haveavoice with Legislators! #tchat #SHRMLEADKathleen Coulombe
Lemme know when u find it MT @brentskinner A3: Where is the SoMe chat where fed regulators discuss their ideas with biz leaders? Hmm? #TCHatRobert Moore
A3. Tech can speed things up… Make it happen faster. 2 Edge sword #Tchat #SHRMLeadDave Ryan, SPHR
A3: Tech, when used well, can make info available real time to HR and create a forum for questions / clarification / input #tchatAlli Polin
A3 Technology opens up more avenues for greater communication #TchatChelsea C
A3: #SocialMedia has great power through visibility – use it wisely and often. #tchatKathy Herndon, GPHR
A3: Technology provides data, but it must be used to formutlate policies to optimize human potential, business growth and survival #tchatIrene Becker
A3: For starters, helping to consolidate disparate systems into a manageable network for such a complex array of, well, stuff. #tchatKevin W. Grossman
A3: I use tech to get in touch with my legislators… not sure if they get my msg :/ when no response #tchatAlli Polin
A3 – Done well, technology can quickly arm HR leaders with accurate data to make their case. #tchatAnne Messenger
A3: Technology is a tool to compile data. Relevant good policy is about addressing urgent prob-youth unemploy, aging pop etc. #tchatIrene Becker
A3: Policy makers need to actively engage technology for anything else to happen. #tchatRob McGahen
A3: Where is the social media chat where federal regulators discuss their ideas with biz leaders? Hmm? #TCHatBrent Skinner
A3. Technology allows us to share but as we’ve seen in the news some stuff shouldn’t be shared. Tech can change security policies #tchatChris Fields
A3) Technology compresses space and time – makes communication and collaboration easier (or should) #tchatnancyrubin
A3 technology has the ability to provide accurate measures and transparency to each side govt/business/workforce #tchatShawn LaCroix
A3 Business and policy makers should have their ears to social media- #TChat perhaps- to hear what people really think. #realitycheck #TChatJanine Truitt
A3) use of technology to provide policy makers with better data. Not more, but more actionable data #tchatRich Grant
A3: Track. Communicate. Hold policymakers accountable to their word and good practices. #TChatJon M
A3: Technology is a tool that can enable policy makers to understand facts, formulate policy to help critical areas. #tchatIrene Becker
A3 HR has not kept pace w/the changing market requirements – intrapreneurs & tech innovation are needed to sustain co’s #TchatLeAnna J. Carey
A3: Policy makers can engage technology. It’s not 1950 anymore. #tchatRob McGahen
A3: #SocialMedia has great power through visibility – use it wisely and often. #tchatKathy Herndon, GPHR
A3 Tech has paved way 4 more open communication between biz & policy makers. When I was House staffer, #SM didn’t exist! #tchat #shrmleadLisa Horn
A3 Thirdly (tertiarily?), monitor trends in work/labor to ID potential issues and provide guidance #TchatTodd Noebel
Q4: To what degree is public policy helping or hindering innovation in talent strategy? What should HR do? #tchatDonna Rogers, SPHR
Deaf, DUMB & blind is the norm. @ReCenterMoment: A4. Attention, policy makers! Can you hear us? Is this thing working? Hello!?! #tchatEnzo Guardino
A4. Attention, policy makers! Can you hear us? Is this thing working? Hello!?! #tchatMichael Clark
A4: Advocacy & innovation can play together #tchatAlli Polin
A4. I have a lot to learn about public policy, but I know the “human” in human resources quite well. #tchatMichael Clark
A4: could/should policy address the issue of workplace bullying? #tchatGreg Marcus
A4. We can’t keep chopping away at the trunk, while urging the top to grow. #tchatMichael Clark
A4 In gov’t & for federal contractors #OFCCP gets a bad rap, but I see it as a means of keeping things fair and equitable in hiring #TChatJanine Truitt
A4. It has never more important for HR professionals to receive continuing education and training. #tchatMichael Clark
A4: healthcare policy has a huge impact on HR #tchatGreg Marcus
A4. Creating insecurity in your HR department, creates insecurity in the entire organization. #tchatMichael Clark
A4. Reducing retirement security creates a lot of insecurity. #tchatMichael Clark
A4 Public policy that promotes a feeling of worth of an individual promotes innovation & a person more likely to speak up, feel free! #TChatIan Welsh
A4. Middle managers and human professionals must collaborate to attract, develop, retain, transform talent. #tchatMichael Clark
A4: Public policy should only be about public employees. Let private sector alone. Free market works. Best Orgs/culture/leaders win #TChatKeith C Rogers
A4 If we managed risk, issues, and ethics appropriately-at the business level we would not be dealing with EEO, OFCCP, NLRB etc. #TChatJanine Truitt
A4. My experience has proven HR #Leadership is critical for bringing world of work into 21st century. #tchatMichael Clark
A4: Policy comes from improper use of innovation. #tchatRob McGahen
A4: How long does it actually take for an idea to become policy, weeks, months…years?? #TChatRobert Rojo
A4: Guidelines are good as long as they do not restrict creativity or allow for a monopoly. #tchatJobsite.com
A4: It sounds wrong, but with regards to policy, do the minimum required. Dedicate resources to talent development. #tchatKathy Herndon, GPHR
A4: I used to be the one that trained on OFCCP – yikes! Still, many were challenged to comply even after understanding #tchatAlli Polin
A4: Policies like #sec127 help #HR profs recruit and retain talent. Vital to ensure US competitiveness. #SHRMLEAD #TchatKathleen Coulombe
A4) outdated policy is why the US EI system bleeds $17B to fraud EVERY year. Don’t count on policy to improve HR. #TChatJonathan Kreindler
A4: HR can still be compliant w/o letting policy interpretation win over doing what’s right for people #tchatAlli Polin
A4. Because of the complexity of integrating social media, power is shifting back to HR. #tchatMichael Clark
A4 Simply no $ available. We need to convince the simple principle that they have to invest in the future; redirect useless spending. #TChatEnzo Guardino
A4: Sometimes policy can be tone-deaf to the dynamic nature of talent acquisition? #TCHatBrent Skinner
A4: This one is tough & answers could be controversial? #TCHatBrent Skinner
A4. Entrepreneurs are too busy doing-being “their thing” to focus much on public policy. #tchatMichael Clark
A4. invest in your employees, their development, and give them the empowerment to be innovative. educate them #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A4 Public policy scares HR into becoming compliance zombies. This kills innovation & the bigger picture gets lost in translation. #TChatJanine Truitt
A4: PubPolicy makes it more arduous to fire underperformers. HR must ensure better hiring strategies & processes. #TchatJohn R. Bell
A4 IMO PUBLIC POLICY rarely helps w/innovation #Tchat #SHRMLeadDave Ryan, SPHR
A4. I think public policy is behind tech so it does not hinder…policy tends to be reactionary … #tchatChris Fields
A4: Hiring more PT to avoid $$$ implications of FT hires is not putting talent strategy or innovation first #tchatAlli Polin
A4: Innovation is always ahead of policy. People who use that innovation for bad forces policy to be developed. #tchatRob McGahen
A4. The best talent in the best organizations does not think about public policy at all. #tchatMichael Clark
A4: HR needs to educate & advocate internally for talent. #tchatAlli Polin
A4) same as A1) Policy lags, innovation leads. If we wait for policy we’ll never be innovative enough to be competitive. #tchatJonathan Kreindler
A4 There is policy concerning ATS and EEOC requirements – how is that playing out? #tchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
A4: #TChat to Washington! Raise your voice! #tchatKathy Herndon, GPHR
A4: Join SHRM and storm DC! #tchatKevin W. Grossman
Q5: Should some aspects of the workplace remain separate from public policy oversight? Why and how? #tchatDonna Rogers, SPHR
A5) Yes – anything that has to happen quickly. #tchat #booyah!Jonathan Kreindler
A5: I’m gonna go off the beaten path and say no. Keep friends close and enemies closer #TChatIntern Employers
A5 There always has to be some oversight to determine where public policy may be necessary #TChatIan Welsh
A5 How the money is spent…give us the dosh and leave us alone to spend it ad we see fit…then revel in the results. #TChatEnzo Guardino
A5. Boutique organizations, driven by entrepreneurs, are central players in transforming world of work. #tchatMichael Clark
A5 But alas, people will always try to abuse others and privileges and this is why public policy and HR will be the best of friends. #TChatJanine Truitt
A5: I’m hard pressed to find a place that policy doesn’t already play a part. #tchatAlli Polin
A5 In a perfect world, we would shower our businesses and employees with HR goodness and innovation w/o fear of policy backlash. #TChatJanine Truitt
A5 Of course. But if there are abuses, it will be legislated. #tchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
A5: Can oversight be separate from regulation? Telling how vs. protecting rights? #tchatAlli Polin
A5. It really depends on your political views. One side believes in more gov. control and regulation. The other side doesn’t. #tchatMike Walters
A5: Nearly every aspect of employment process already dictated by federal statute or regulation #tchat #shrmleadLisa Horn
A5: WHOA!! This is such a dangerous and fiery topic – especially following the election #tchatJobsite.com
A5: If you are doing the right thing, then yes! #tchatRob McGahen
A5: Small companies need different policies that large ones. “It just isn’t fair” cried the left… #tchatRayanne
A5: More of it than what is now? #TChatBrent Skinner
A5: Public oversight has no idea what the true work environment is like – they aren’t even good listeners #tchatRayanne

Smart Mission—Hire Vets: #TChat Recap

There are millions of stories in the world of work. But this time, it’s personal. For me, #TChat hit close to home yesterday, when discussing issues and opportunities associated with military veteran employment. Therefore, rather than recapping the event in detail, I’d like to illustrate some key points through one soldier’s story. …

(To see highlights from the #TChat stream, watch the slideshow at the end of this post.)

One Veteran’s Dilemma

A close friend is one of the 2.4 million Americans who have volunteered to serve in the War on Terror. As a “civilian soldier” deployed as an embedded trainer by the Army National Guard, he left behind his full-time job and his comfortable family life in suburban Chicago. Since returning from Afghanistan almost 5 years ago, he has struggled to re-enter the workforce, as so many in uniform must do in these challenging economic times.

It shouldn’t have to be that way. This soldier’s credentials are impressive:

  • Several decades of business experience — including 14 years as a technical sales specialist at one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies
  • An honors degree in communications from one of our nation’s most prestigious universities
  • Meritorious service in three branches of the armed forces

So why was it so difficult for him to find a good employment fit when he returned?

This thoughtful soldier would say, “It’s complicated.” Partially, it’s because businesses seem reluctant to take a chance on someone who could be recalled to active duty at any time. It’s also partially because some decision-makers seem intimidated by an impressive military profile. And, partially, it’s because his years of technical sales experience seem to over-qualify him for positions he would gladly pursue. (Ironically, as he has reminded me, he willingly traveled to a remote destination halfway around the world to perform tasks that were dirty, dangerous and sometimes mind-numbingly mundane, all in service of a higher mission.)

It seems ridiculous that business weren’t finding him attractive. It is even more ridiculous to learn that he was passed over not once, but twice, for a “troops-to-teachers” government initiative. Why? Apparently, the program didn’t feel that inner-city teens could learn English from a man who had trained poor Afghans to protect remote border villages from Taliban invasions, and had fostered productive relationships with wary Afghan tribal elders.

What’s happening here? It seems there are other factors to consider. It may not be obvious, but if we want to crack the employment code for returning veterans, it deserves a closer look.

Hiring Vets: More Than a Few Good Men (& Women)

Here’s my theory: If this soldier’s story is any indicator, we should recognize that this has been a very different kind of war — and its unique character fundamentally shifts the perceptions of those who serve.

Many missions include a strong humanitarian component. Objectives have centered on winning hearts and minds, while equipping Afghans to protect and sustain themselves through improvements in infrastructure, governance, agriculture, education and commerce.

Recent veterans have had a life-and-death hand in the future of the Afghan people. Regardless of their rank, they have contributed in a meaningful way, typically persevering in desperate and desolate conditions.

After such intense involvement in a mission, it’s a tremendous shock to return home to the U.S. and carry on as usual, without a strong sense of purpose. Perhaps that’s one reason why so many veterans sign up for subsequent tours of duty. Despite the clear-and-present need for an income stream, could it be that many vets aren’t simply searching for a job, but instead are seeking meaningful work?

With all the strengths that veterans bring to the table, perhaps some re-framing could lead both sides of the equation to a better sense of fit. Actually, come to think of it, couldn’t most of us benefit by re-framing our work lives as missions?

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NOTE: Many #TChat participants offered constructive ideas to improve the re-entry, recruiting and onboarding experience for veterans. For highlights and links to helpful resources, scroll to the end of this post and check out the Storify slideshow there.

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Highlights & What’s Ahead on #TChat

SPECIAL THANKS to this week’s guest moderator, Brenden “Bo” Wright (@BrendenMWright), director of information technology recruiting at Laureate Education. He’s also a Marine veteran who served as a nuclear, biological and chemical defense specialist. Brenden’s expertise in talent acquisition strategy and as a former member of the military brought tremendous depth and dimension to this week’s discussion. Did you miss the #TChat preview? Go here.

NOTE: If you’re a blogger and this #TChat session inspired you to write about veteran employment issues, we’re happy to share your thoughts. Just post a link on Twitter (at #TChat or @TalentCulture), or insert a comment below, and we’ll add it to our archives. There are many voices in the #TChat community, with many ideas worth sharing. Let’s capture as many of them as possible. And we hope you’ll join us next Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7-8pm ET (6-7pm CT, 5-6pm MT, 4-5pm PT, or wherever you are) for another #TChat, when we’ll be exploring issues related to government policy and human resources. Look for the preview early next week via @TalentCulture and #TChat. Enjoy your weekend!

Image Credit: Quad-City Times

#TChat INSIGHTS Slide Show: Veterans & Employment
by Sean Charles (@SocialMediaSean)

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#TChat INSIGHTS: Employing Our Veterans

Storified by TalentCulture · Thu, Nov 08 2012 07:24:35

Here’s mine @DawnRasmussen http://twitpic.com/bb7zav #TChatDaveTheHRCzar
Q1: US legislation is creating skill certifications for military experience. What else could be done? #TChatBrenden Bo Wright
A1: Military service is not understood by most civilians – roundtables w/new hires to share stories & learning #tchatAlli Polin
#TChat A1 Skill certifications should count for college level creditFuji Fulgueras
A1: Opportunity to gain civilian certs during military service, documentation of experience (project management?) for certs #tchatJames Schmeling
A1: Clarity followed by autonomy to execute – but most people would benefit from that #tchatAlli Polin
Evening all. A1 Perhaps transition from military > civilian duties should begin well in advance of being relieved from the forces. #TChatEnzo Guardino
A1. The resources that are being pulled out of military should be channeled into the transition. #tchatMichael Clark
A1: #veterans are ready to serve in the private sector,private sector needs to be willing to create jobs that fit their background #tchatJen Olney
A1 Some of those skill certifications do not fully leverage the experience & capabilities of #Veterans. #tchatJoe Sanchez
#Tchat A1 There are thousands of public sector jobs out there. We list them everyday. Social technology can help bridge the gaps.GovernmentJobs
A1. Military veterans need tools and support for transforming internal obstacles. #tchatMichael Clark
A1: Companies can MAP their own skill reqs to the military certs so the Vets don’t have to interpret @MeghanMBiro @BrendenMWright #TChatNancy Barry-Jansson
A1. Maybe teach them a little bit about self-branding ? #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A1: Unless you are hiring for the Mafia, get over the stereotype that you are hiring trained killers. These people have talent! #TChatTom Bolt
A1: The military has evolved and the civilian sector has to be educated in the skill sets that have each member has received #tchatJen Olney
A1. 2/3rds of the jobs in near future will require certification and/or degree. #tchatMichael Clark
A1: If legislation included required targeting of vets rather than just reporting (VETS-100) then more vets would be hired. #tchatJoey V. Price
A1. The term experience needs to be redefined. Skills for managing conflict, leadership and communication show up in many ways. #tchatSalima Nathoo
A1: Employers can bumble skills and experience screening. Don’t write off vets and/or long-term unemployed and/or part-time employed. #TChatKevin W. Grossman
#Tchat A1 Most transitioning military I know don’t want a handout. They want to earn their stripes in corp america like they did in militaryCyndy Trivella
A1: Military service is not understood by most civilians – roundtables w/new hires to share stories & learning #tchatAlli Polin
A1. Everyone must examine habitual thoughts-emotions-reactions towards all things military. #tchatMichael Clark
A1 These folks have unique skills – they are valuable! #TchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
A1: Military needs to do a better job transitioning #vets BEFORE their last 90 days of service. #TChatBrenden Bo Wright
A1: More information forwarded to employers so that they might understand military job skills better. #TChatRobert Rojo
#Tchat Would B nice to have gov reps who can work with employers to help them understand what programs, plans to have in place. A1Cyndy Trivella
@ReCenterMoment KEY A1- educate civilians. Wonder how this would work? #TChatMegan Rene Burkett
>> @cybraryman1 A1 make everyone aware of MOS (Military Occupation Specialties) and the training that had to be completed for them. #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A1. Organizations have to educated about the diverse experience and skill sets of military veterans. #tchatMichael Clark
A1: Certifications for military service are great. But will employers really value them? #TChatBrenden Bo Wright
A1. teach them to be networking-savvy. even civilians have a hard time finding work without this skill. it’s crucial. #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A1: How about in Co’s branding message about TRUE stories of how they’ve helped put Vets back to work #tchatSusan Avello
A1: During outprocessing more detailed explanation on how military skills translate into civilian skills. #TChatRobert Rojo
A1 IMO 4 #Vet: transition counseling, business coaching, interview training, PLUS education 4 Employers on the skills gained as #Vet #TChatPam Ross
A1 Let me cut to the chase: Our corporate “head” has no idea as to how a 24 yo who commands 200 fighters fits into biz #HRfail #tchatSteve
a1. Civilians must be educated about the reality of life in the military. #tchatMichael Clark
A1 Have to make everyone aware of MOS (Military Occupation Specialties) and the training that had to be completed for them. #tchatJerry Blumengarten
A1: Because it is true, of course, that not all Vets necessarily have leadership qualifications from their service, right? #tchatMark Salke
A1. Maybe partner with RPOs or staffing agencies to help line up temp or perm jobs once they get out #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A1. We need stories more than skill certifications to better understand how military experience translates to biz success. #TChatBob Lehto
#tchat @BrendenMWright a1: most important is providing vets resources who help “translate” their qualities to corp jargon/build confidenceMila Araujo
A1: Take advantage of transition assistance planning (TAPS). Start a year out. #tchatWilsonHCG
A1: Perhaps increased patriotism in the workplace can help as well. I haven’t seen too many American flags in local office places. #tchatJoey V. Price
A1: US should offer more accessible & updated job search training to #veterans – don’t just point them to a job board #TChatJobsite.com
A1: Make sure there is understanding by employers and the general public as to what it all means. #tchatRob McGahen
A1. We must transform how people perceive the people that serve in the military. #tchatMichael Clark
A1 Possibly more career counseling before leaving the military (I am not an expert on the current guidelines.) #TchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
Valuable point! @levyrecruits: A1 legislation created by how many of our reps whove served? #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A1 MORE awareness like this chat or @meghanMBiro Forbes article > list of WHYs = beneficial to employers #tchatCASUDI
A1: First, employers can reshape job descriptions to match the diverse experiences #vets can bring to a position. #TChatAndrew Henck
A1: Increase positive sentiment about the impact vets can have on the private industry by increasing awareness of skills from service #tchatJoey V. Price
A1: I hope that US legislation includes HR and Recruiting Pros input. Problem is still miscommunication #TChatJobsite.com
A1: Training programs and networks in place to support #vets once on the job for 60 – 90 – 120 + days #tchatAlli Polin
a1. This work must be done from all sides; public, private, personal, professional. #tchatMichael Clark
A1) Need to help vets translate military experience into work experience (on resumes and interviews) #tchatnancyrubin
Agreed** @BrendenMWright A1 Cos can do better understanding skills developed during milit
ary service. Burden shouldnt be #vet alone. #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A1 legislation created by how many of our reps who’ve served? #tchatSteve
A1: How do Vets demonstrate that their military experience translates “skill-wise” into civilian roles? #tchatMark Salke
A1 Offer ex-military rotating internships so they can gain experience, learn the corp culture nuances & select a career path. #TchatCyndy Trivella
A1: An outreach program to employers, to explain to them what the certifications mean… #TChatBrent Skinner
A1. More education of employere – not more mandates – Tax breaks at state & federal level for hiring Vets #TchatDave Ryan, SPHR
A1: Recruiters should take it upon themselves to recognize valuable skillset of #vets #TChatJobsite.com
A1 A “translation” of learned skill sets so they can be applied to jobs – #TchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
A1 more in-depth transition courses upon departure. Usually it’s a 2 day course and then “hadios” #tchatKeith Punches
A1: Organizations could do a better job of translating that experience into private sector leadership opps #tchatAlli Polin
A1. I would love to see them help #vets prepare for civilian transition months in advance. Increase transferable training #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A1: As employers identify skills gaps, consider how hiring a veteran can specifically solve staffing needs. #tchatJoey V. Price
A1 Like the idea of providing skills certificates. Have to make all employers aware of them and the training & dedication of vets. #tchatJerry Blumengarten
A1: Companies can do better understanding skills developed during military service. Burden shouldn’t be on #vet alone. #TChatBrenden Bo Wright
A1: Turn off stereotypes and employers look at the person who is applying for the position with a full breath of their record #tchatJen Olney
A1. We need national all-channel media blitz teaching civilians how to support transitioning military veterans. #tchatMichael Clark
A1 #Tchat Put ppl into place that can help ex-military with soft skills training to integrate into a corporate environment.Cyndy Trivella
A1: Given that OFCCP compliance is so strict, recruiters should have required training translating #vets to civilian skills #TChatJobsite.com
A1: We all need to know that it takes more than legislation. You can’t legislate “right” and assume it will happen. #TChatTom Bolt
A1: Increase access outplacement training and connect employers with veteran pipelines similar to college recruitment. #tchatJoey V. Price
A1 Are they also providing subsidies for companies hiring #veterans? #TChatPam Ross
A1: Not sure how this legislation gets communicated to employers, but has to have meaning… positive, not punitive to employers #TChatTom Bolt
Q2: What management styles work best when leading an employee with military experience? #tchatBrenden Bo Wright
A2 Ex-Military tend not to ask a lot of questions. They want to power through a problem. Just know that extra help is appreciated. #tchatKeith Punches
#Tchat A2 Comps that encourage a culture of diverse ppl with different experiences may be a good culture fit.Cyndy Trivella
A2 would it be better to include vets in the team and lead like the others or isolate them for unique experience? #tchatJoey V. Price
A2. Based upon my experience, military veterans enjoy the collaborative, relatively free culture of the world of work. #tchatMichael Clark
A2 Ex-Military tend not to ask a lot of questions. They want to power through a problem. Just know that extra help is appreciated. #tchatKeith Punches
A2. The military pays in advance of services rendered! #tchatMichael Clark
A2: Vets have learned, first and foremost, the value of the team. #tchatMark Salke
A2. When I call a military person, they actually answer the phone! #tchatMichael Clark
A2 My experience with vets is they are human; all types of leadership style work. #tchatStephen Abbott
A2: Some of my #vet pilot friends also are also the most emotional individuals I know – They want leaders w/heart #tchatAlli Polin
A2 Military are used to taking orders so a more formal means of leading [in the beginning] should make them more comfortable. #TChatEnzo Guardino
A2. People in the military are clear about exactly what they are supposed to do in diverse situations. #tchatMichael Clark
A2 a leader that is not afraid to hire someone with more leadership experience. Not afraid to develop b/c vet will want to do more #Tchatcbpurdie
A2: On the lighter side, don’t raise ur voice. We’ve been yelled at by professional screamers. :) #veterans #usmc #tchatBrenden Bo Wright
A2. Based upon my experience, the military has intense precision, focus, discipline. #tchatMichael Clark
A2. I think it’s no different for anyone… ASK your employees (military or not) what the respond best to, and collaborate from there #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A2: Vets are focused on accomplishing the mission, see what they need as far as resources and you’ll be amazed. #TChatRobert Rojo
A2: I’m gonna go for the low-hanging fruit: hierarchical? #TChatBrent Skinner
A2: Probably most any style would work with a #veteran, as long as respectful management is taking place #TChatJobsite.com
A2 Veterans have seen & worked under a variety of leadership styles (yes, they exist in the military). Vets are very adaptable. #tchatJoe Sanchez
A2: Again, don’t begin with mil experience… they were not born with a uniform… They were and are real human beings. #TChatTom Bolt
A2: Veterans are mature and can handle more than their share of stress and demands. Respect them and they’ll work wonders! #TChatRobert Rojo
A2 Depends on their experience with their military CO ;) @BrendenMWright #tchatSteve
A2: A more direct mgmt style, but make an effort to promote collaboration and idea. #tchatWilsonHCG
A2: Clear and concise communication – directive and intentions must be understood , no BS #tchatJen Olney
A2 I’d leave the vets in the community answer that one… #TchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
A2: Depends on the Vets experience and *aptitudes* – just like any population #TChatNancy Barry-Jansson
A2. Always have hard time w/generalization questions. Answers are never one size… We can’t fail to recognize the individual. #tchatJustin Mass
A2: Autocratic or Paternalistic mgmt styles both would work well, given the circumstance. #TChatJobsite.com
A2 Vets used to structure, planning, missions and staying on task. Clear communication is essential. #tchatJerry Blumengarten
A2: Indecisiveness is probably unacceptable. #tchatRob McGahen
A2 #Leaders in the military have to watch out for their teams first and themselves second – Lead by EXAMPLE #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A2. Military veterans have intensive training and experience in adapting to diverse circumstances. #tchatMichael Clark
A2: Trust. Mutual respect. Appreciation. Mission-oriented. And if u’ve served urself, an unselfish willingness to learn. #tchatBrenden Bo Wright
A2: I think we’d be surprised that it’s not necessarily “Command and Control” leadership that gets results, Even IN the military! #tchatMark Salke
A2 Structure and clarity of instruction #tchatCASUDI
Set boundaries but give plenty of autonomy, ya? A2. #tchatJocelyn Aucoin
A2: Probably depends on what level of leadership the former military held while in the military – this understanding is imperative #TChatJobsite.com
A2: What management style? Respect and open communication isn’t a style but I would think that’s the starting point… #tchatJoey V. Price
A2. Military veterans do not fe
ar command and control. #tchatMichael Clark
A2: Some orgs could learn a great deal from the structure and routine of most veteran experiences #TChatAndrew Henck
A2 Personal experience w hiring a #vet ~ my management style too “loosey-goosey” ~ I had to adapt = more structure :-) #tchatCASUDI
A2: So many mgrs don’t even know what “Yes, Sir” or “Yes, Ma’am” sounds like they’d prob have a heart attack #TChatJobsite.com
A2 Vets are individuals no one size of MGMT style fit all #TchatDave Ryan, SPHR
A2: Basically these are very bright people… they are very adaptable to any situation… train them… they will learn. #TChatTom Bolt
A2: When mgmt. manages a former military employee, it important to know that the work will be done. #Preciseness #TChatJobsite.com
A2: Familiar with authoritative leadership from TRAINED leaders. Don’t be wishy-washy. #TChatTom Bolt
A2 #Tchat Respect. Clear Communication. No B.S. Hierarchy where information goes up and down chain of command.Cyndy Trivella
Q3: What’s the biggest challenge for veterans in the civilian world of work? #tchatBrenden Bo Wright
A3: Translating your experience and intangible skills to the business world. Especially when you had an unusual job in the military #tchatDC
#tchat A3 19yr old soldier has lots of duties/responsibilities…25yr olds in corporations get the coffeeFuji Fulgueras
A3. With the pace of change, we’re all facing immense challenges in the world of work. #tchatMichael Clark
A3: Need to hear vets answer this question and note the responses #TChatNancy Barry-Jansson
A3. stereotyped. Ppl think of them as vets and forgot vets=people like us, duh. #TChatLiChing Ooi
A3 Some employers think Veterans’ achievements resulted frm ppl having to follow orders. Forget *leadership is about influence.* #tchatJoe Sanchez
A3: I’ve been told by co-workers that only ppl who couldn’t get into college join the military. To my face. #ignorance #veterans #tchatBrenden Bo Wright
A3 Trying to figure out what to do with my secret security clearance I got in the Army! Employers must recognize their service. #tchatJerry Blumengarten
A3. Feeling a sense of sole ownership to adopt new ways of being before walking through the door. Unfair burden. #tchatSalima Nathoo
A3: My experience was having a difficult time translating my military qualifications to civilian requirements #tchat #vetsChance Casas
A3. The greatest challenge is inside each individual. #tchatMichael Clark
A3: Vets will have a prob if they feel they R getting handout. They want to work for it. This ain’t charity, folks. It’s common sense #TChatTom Bolt
A3. Adapting to the unstructured flow of obtaining work is daunting. #tchatMichael Clark
A3: I’ve really got nothing for this question… #tchatRob McGahen
A3. Military parents, students, families face tremendous challenges. #tchatMichael Clark
A3: With recruiting pressures, I think it easier for a recruiter to move on to the next applicant. #TChatRobert Rojo
A3. bridging the gap between military language& civilian business language.need to find a happymedium of understandable communication #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A3 – young vets may have never previously held civilian jobs, and while they’re adaptable it may be difficult at first #TChatSylvia Dahlby
A3. I can’t answer Q3. But I can ask how can I help? #tchatJustin Mass
A3 Recruiters unwilling to look creatively at transferable, more-than-employable skills. #TChatMark Babbitt
A3: Dealing with immaturity in workplace a challenge. There is an old saying that when you send a boy off to war he comes home a man #TChatTom Bolt
A3 I have hired a lot of vets and theyve lamented about lack of integrity and ethics from leadership. Couldn’t disagree either. #tchatJoey V. Price
A3 Many people dont understand how Military skills can be applied to their company~ they fear perceived aggression! #tchatCASUDI
A3. Most military people are keenly aware of how some people negatively perceive service. #tchatMichael Clark
A3 Learning that it’s OK to take a coffee break without being court marshalled for going AWOL. ;-) #TChatEnzo Guardino
A3: Perception – I think on both sides (employee and #Veteran) #TChatPam Ross
A3 – I think the biggest challenge for vets is CULTURAL, the military environment is nothing like most civilian employer/corp #TChatSylvia Dahlby
Any examples for us? and welcome! @JVPsaid: A3 inadequate job training. #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A3: I want to know more abt vet-to-civilian translated skills. Biggest challenge is that recruiters don’t know more or want to know. #TChatJobsite.com
A3: I was stereotyped as too rigid, only able to follow orders. Uptight. Inflexible. #veterans #tchatBrenden Bo Wright
A3. One of the greatest challenges is managing personal aspects of professional change. #tchatMichael Clark
A3 Annoying corporate culture “speak” can be a challenge. #TchatCyndy Trivella
A3: The misconception that they are not fit to serve in the civilian ranks #tchatJen Olney
A3: Perhaps stigma meets a lack of skill understanding in the world of work. Communication breakdown? #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A3: Finding meaningful work opportunities where their unique #strengths + experiences are leveraged for good #TChatAndrew Henck
A3: Transitioning in general..job roles/family/civilian life. #tchatWilsonHCG
A3 inadequate job training. #tchatJoey V. Price
A3: Civilians. #TChatKevin W. Grossman
A3: #Vets can be viewed as different than civillians – instead of looking at how we’re the same & ready to contribute #tchatAlli Polin
A3. The transition into civilian life and work can be surreal and intensely challenging. #tchatMichael Clark
A3: Managers who do not take the time to understand a veteran’s full experience could be an impediment to vets #TChatJobsite.com
A3: Being treated as equals, instead of someone who speaks a foreign language. #TChatRobert Rojo
A3: Nature and veterans abhor a vacuum… if nobody is in charge they step in and get things done. #TChatTom Bolt
A3: This is theoretical, but the feel of the urgency behind priorities is probably subtly different? #TChatBrent Skinner
A3: Don’t forget that many Vets serve in Nat’l Guard and have extensive civilian experience, too. #tchatMark Salke
A3 Stereotypes #TchatDave Ryan, SPHR
A3: Biggest challenge is lack of a visible chain of command… Who is in charge? #TChatTom Bolt
A3: They just need to be given a chance, #Veteran work ethic is far superior to most civilians #TChatJobsite.com
A3. Military veterans need comprehensive support before-during-after civilian transition. #tchatMichael Clark
A3 #Tchat Biggest challenge is probably same one civilian employees have: Lack of proper onboarding by employer.Cyndy Trivella
A3: People don’t understand the full value of the #veteran experience and discount it #tchatAlli Polin
A3: “Civilians” are probably the biggest challenge to veterans. #TChatJobsite.com
A3: Being given an opportunity. #TChatRobert Rojo
A3: Stigma, lack of knowledge of skills, education, training of modern military members, and translation of skills, ability, traits #tchatJames Schmeling
A3: Transition to civilian life for a #veteran is extremely difficult, adjusting to different work and mgmt. styles must be insane #TChatJobsite.com
A3: Biggest challenge? understanding the changes in how business communication works. #TChatJobsite.com
A3 Biggest challenge for Veterans in the civilian world of work is getting plugged into and leveraging professional networks. #tchatJoe Sanchez
Q4:
Does long-term loyalty help or hinder the career of a veteran in today’s workplace? #tchatBrenden Bo Wright
A4: Loyal to what – to the company, the brand, the people? I think people are more loyal to people than they are to companies today #tchatSusan Mazza
A4. The #TChat Recap should be required reading for all stake holders. #tchatMichael Clark
A4. Knowing how to connect dots between worlds transforms engagement and performance #tchatMichael Clark
A4 as long as skills stay shape loyalty does not hinder your career. But make sure salary is fair vs your value. #tchatJoey V. Price
A4 They have to learn to put the oxygen mask on themselves first. #tchatKeith Punches
A4: I tend to view most loyalty is from the employee to the employer and not the other way around. #tchatRob McGahen
A4 loyalty must never take a front seat* to skill sharpening and growth. Vet or otherwise. #tchatJoey V. Price
A4: Loyalty… in a world of it’s not what you have done; it’s what have you done for me lately! #TChatRobert Rojo
A4 how are you seeing loyalty hindering #Veterans @brendenmwright #TChatPam Ross
A4. We’ve got to bring colleges, universities, trade schools into the transformational process. #tchatMichael Clark
A4.recruiters sometimes cringe when they see job hoppers but the skills they might gain could be better than a person that had 1 job #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A4 loyalty must never take a backseat to skill sharpening and growth. Vet or otherwise. #tchatJoey V. Price
A4: Loyalty is not a hindrance…it’s an asset. #tchatJen Olney
A4. I live in San Diego, the need is immense, the funding challenging #tchatMichael Clark
A4 It should help, I would think. Why are we thinking it hinders? #TChatPam Ross
A4: I don’t see how that can be viewed as a negative… #tchatRob McGahen
A4: Loyalty is great, but what distinguishes #vets from competitors is better. #tchat #TchatAlexandra Teague
A4: With the right employer, loyalty and commitment will speak volumes #TChatJobsite.com
A4. Organizations need to be educated about what military loyalty really means. #tchatMichael Clark
A4: I have worked w/ several #Vets – excellent colleagues & are devoted and always on time. Shock, especially among #GenY #TChatJobsite.com
A4. Growth & progress is as important (or more) as loyalty today, whether you are talking about military or civilian experience #TChatBob Lehto
A4: All I can say is – I sure wish I had a loyal “battle buddy” most days of my professional career! #TchatExpertus
A4: Long-term loyalty is what orgs and customers both want. For veterans, hell yea. Why is this a question? :) #TCHATChristina Brown
A4 #tchat Loyalty not reciprocated feels unjust. Employers must take care to give an honest view of their commitment to the vetMichael Leiter
A4: Just remember employers, loyalty should be a two-way street. #veterans #tchatBrenden Bo Wright
A4: Loyalty, Team, Role, Mission… sound like undesirable attributes? Anyone? #tchatMark Salke
A4: Loyalty goes both ways. #TChatRobert Rojo
A4. People in the world of work are loyal to upward movement above all. #tchatMichael Clark
A4: The prob is that orgs don’t have the same loyalty these days as some individuals do #tchatAlli Polin
A4 Loyalty should be a big plus in hiring a #vet (there seems so little to go around these days!) {cynical smile} #tchatCASUDI
A4 For Vets loyalty = Total commitment..life-on-line. Civilians loyalty often means getting to work in time. Problem of perspectives. #TChatEnzo Guardino
A4. Sadly, I’m not sure that long-term loyalty helps veterans much less any job-seeker these days. By moving around, build a network #tchatGarick Chan
A4: Military is the most drug-free workforce in the US. Vets have higher rate of retention post-hire than general employee population #TChatTom Bolt
A4: A loyal employee is one that’s engaged in the mission and the vision – who wouldn’t want that? #tchatAlli Polin
A4. I must says that loyalty is getting harder to find . #Sendemmyway #TchatDave Ryan, SPHR
A4 Believing a company owes you loyalty or ignoring you own options is going to be a hindrance. #tchatStephen Abbott
A4: Loyalty is earned! #TChatRobert Rojo
A4: Long-term loyalty, for me, always a +. A major + if married to best-fit qualifications for the job in question. #tchatAnne Messenger
A4 Does long-term loyalty help or hinder the career of ANY employee these days? #rhetorical #tchatSteve
A4: Who woulda thunk loyalty could ever be negative? But it can be if #vet doesn’t see bad situation. #tchatBrenden Bo Wright
A4. Military veterans are trained to think team first, world of work often me first. #tchatMichael Clark
A4 Nothing better than a loyal employee…valued, rare. #TchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
A4 Where I come from loyalty will never hurt you #TchatDave Ryan, SPHR
A4 Long-term loyalty is never a hindrance for anyone’s career. #tchatStephen Abbott
A4: Both. Helps because employers recognize loyalty. Hurts because career growth becomes stagnant #tchatChance Casas
A4. Long-term loyalty’s dead in the world of work. #tchatMichael Clark
A4: Long-term loyalty could also be interpreted as unwillingness to change or grow in a quickly developing company #TChat Sad, but true.Jobsite.com
A4: For company: Most loyal employees you can hire. For Veterans: Learn to look beyond today and don’t be guilty of blind loyalty. #TChatTom Bolt
A4 #Tchat LT loyalty can help with being accepted and being team a member. Can hinder b/c they R not exploring better opptys.Cyndy Trivella
A4: Long-term loyalty could be seen as a hindrance by hiring manager, might show inflexibility #TChatJobsite.com
A4: It helps and shows employers dependability and dedication. #tchatWilsonHCG
Q5: How can HR/recruiting tech help internally assess and translate veteran assets to employers? #tchatBrenden Bo Wright
A5. Leaders, HR, tech all have priceless expertise to contribute. #tchatMichael Clark
A5 HR professionals know exactly what it takes to be successful in the world of work. #tchatMichael Clark
A5 help #vets learn to speak the civilian language, and translate their skill sets to something companies can understand #tchatChance Casas
A5: Recruiters should understand that many military folks are active on social media on their tours. Seek talent & depth! #milblogs #TChatExpertus
A5 I find HR professionals to be dynamic and helpful, eager to guide and support. #tchatMichael Clark
A5. HR people and military people share a dedication to service and people. #tchatMichael Clark
A5 tech wont differentiate vet skills unleaa vets consistently rate high on personality assessments and leadership assessments. #tchatJoey V. Price
A5: A reputation for hiring and successfully utilizing Vets’ skills might go a long way in employment branding… #tchatMark Salke
A5 By converting experience & skills expressed in military terminology to language relevant to civilian job & using video to show fit #tchatTim Barry
A5: Carefully construct and publish roles and responsibilities for positions – be clear of expectations and requirements #TChatKathy Herndon, GPHR
A5: We HR & recruiter types owe it to the #Vet community to understand what a Vet brings to the table. Who is ready to try? #TChatBob Lehto
A5: Be intentional about #veteran outreach – don’t just expect them to pop up in the ATS and get hired #tchatAlli Polin
A5. Via SoMe, connect military veterans with top teachers of workforce skill sets. #tchatMichael Clark
A5 its not HRs fault. So many companies lack succession plans and career dev
elopment. That is a senior leadership decision. #tchatJoey V. Price
A5: Include #veteran outreach and hiring in your workforce plan. Then do it. #tchatBrenden Bo Wright
A5 Often, HR focus is on Veterans’ tangible skills like security. Know & understand applicability of intangible skills as well. #tchatJoe Sanchez
A5: Use #SocialMedia to learn from one another – look at the success of this chat! #TChatKathy Herndon, GPHR
A5. Organizations must be given incentives to hire military veterans. #tchatMichael Clark
A5. Accessible education, training and development are critical. #tchatMichael Clark
A5: Take your orgs #veterans with you to military job fairs. Don’t just sent ur recruiters. #tchatBrenden Bo Wright
A5: By getting vets placed in positions where they can succeed with the skillset they bring to an organization, not to fill a quota #tchatChance Casas
A5: I think only an HR or recruiter that is a Vet will understand what a Vet brings to the table. #TChatRobert Rojo
A5: Tell them “Follow me” and then don’t be surprised. Tell them to lead and you might be surprised. #TChatTom Bolt
a5. HR builds bridges between organizations and military veterans. #tchatMichael Clark
A5: How about involving a #veteran in the interview process? Hmmmm? #tchatBrenden Bo Wright
Yes! “@MRGottschalk: Brilliant – @TomBolt: A5: Provide new hires with former military mentors early on in their career. #Tchat”Mila Araujo
A5 I will hire life experience over college degree any day #tchatRobert Moore
A5: Skill assessments and performance reviews are not only for #vets but will help orgs better translate & appreciate #tchatAlli Polin
A5 Charge your existing veterans with leading a mission to develop a program for your company #tchatSteve
A5) Learn to understand and translate military language into business language. #tchatTim McDonald
A5. help them find examples that will work well with specific behavioral interview questions #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A5: Some of the most successful ppl I know w/o degrees are #Vets who were trained in service #TChatNancy Barry-Jansson
A5: Training is no only for the veteran. Co-workers who are non-vets are a key part of the success story. #TChatTom Bolt
A5 #tchat assessing vets skills requires a deep appreciation of ability w/o the prop of credentialsMichael Leiter
A5: If one solid vet hire is made because an HR Dept or Recruiter took the time to learn about cross skills? #GoodInTheWorld #TChatJobsite.com
A5: Create channels to link #vets with internal mentors to ease transition #tchatJen Olney
A5: Get involved. We’re hosting #OpTrans, which is completely free for all veterans, spouses and active military about to transition #tchatWilsonHCG
A5 Many traditionally attractive attributes have fallen by the wayside in today’s work culture. Like Loyalty & Integrity #tchatMark Salke
A5: Competencies and proven problem solving ability or specific experience? #veterans #tchatBrenden Bo Wright
A5: Look at top skills/strengths against experience – think orgs may be surprised by #vets range of skills & impact #tchatAlli Polin
A5: Use tech configuration to protect against discrimination. #TChatKathy Herndon, GPHR
A5: Get in touch with orgs that assist vets in finding work – they will have vital information for the recruiter and Hiring Manager #TChatJobsite.com
A5 REALLY like the idea of Ex-Military Mentors !! Anyone know of any Orgs or associations like this? #tchatKeith Punches
A5: Employees should use valid and reliable skill and experience assessment for all who apply. Simulations depending on jobs. #TChatKevin W. Grossman
A5. HR may be the most essential player in making this transition successful for military veterans. #tchatMichael Clark
A5 Folks in HR/recruiting need to become COIs at the local recruiting stations – they’ll learn very quickly #tchatSteve
A5: OPEN up communication channels and *create opportunity* for #Vets #Veterans to share their personal brands! #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A5 Use the STAR system for interview and equate that to a company problem or challenge. #TchatCyndy Trivella
A5: Seriously assess the college degree requirement. Is is really required? Big roadblock for hiring enlisted vets. #tchatBrenden Bo Wright
A5: Provide new hires with former military mentors early on in their career. #TChatTom Bolt
A5 HR should learn military language for skills. It changes less often than corporate skill naming trends. #tchatStephen Abbott
A5: Target military candidates! Like other classes of people. And consider it a patriotic duty to coach them and hire them. #TChatTom Bolt
A5. what @wilsonhcg is doing – help them get their resumes looking good so recruiters can easily see how they fit within their org #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A5 Military must be GR8 listeners. Emphasize their listening and information-retention skills. #TchatCyndy Trivella
Jumping the gun on A5: Same as w/civilians? #TChatBrent Skinner

Let's Talk Jobs: Massachusetts Ahead of the Curve

In the national discussion on jobs, the plight of underemployed workers and unlucky job seekers captures the lead. If you’re lucky enough to live and work in Massachusetts, the story is more upbeat. Unemployment in Massachusetts is just shy of two percentage points below the national average of 8.1 percent, even after adjusting for September’s drop in business confidence.

As a strategist, leader, recruiting practitioner, workplace and social media culture fan, I’m grateful to live and work in a state where ~116 academic institutions act as a magnet for the best and brightest students, teachers and workers. We have a tremendous Tech Innovation Economy here, even if business confidence did stutter a bit in August and September. And I’m happy Senator Scott Brown is paying attention to jobs and the local economy. I’m also honored to have been invited to speak on a panel of other passionate pros tomorrow Friday, October 5, at Talent-Focused Innovation, a live discussion which will be moderated by Joe Nigro, Business Evangelist at Vsnap. I arrive at this discussion not as much from a political standpoint as I do a global and social calling and a celebration for talent in Massachusetts.

One of my passions is humanizing brands – I enjoy consulting with companies to link workplace culture, talent strategy, leadership and company values so job seekers will be attracted by the company’s brand and culture. Employees spend nine hours a day (or more) at work – it makes sense to work for a company that understands and promotes a healthy workplace culture.  Every business leader should recognize that people must be able to understand and believe in your culture – it’s critical for recruiting and longer term retention.

I’ll bring this perspective with me to the panel discussion Friday. Recruiting powerhouses Joe Nigro of Vsnap, Art Papas, CEO of Bullhorn, and Eileen Habelow, SVP of Randstad will also be on hand to field some very difficult questions from Senator Brown and Joe Nigro. I look forward to it being a collaborative panel. Community and Talent is where it’s at.

Of course you’ll have to attend to hear the panel’s response, but I’ve been thinking about these questions, and here’s a preview of my perspective:

1. Why do you think the Massachusetts economy is outpacing much of the nation in employment?

Companies – even here – are investing less in tech now. They are worried about the China debt crisis, QE3, taxes and more. Massachusetts isn’t isolated from the national and global economies. We do, however, have advantages; the question is how to help companies and workers manage in a time of economic uncertainty.

2. What types of companies are providing the most job opportunities?

Not surprisingly, the largest employers in this state are hospitals and insurance companies. Harvard University also accounts for a large proportion of workers.

3. When are the best times to recruit top talent?

March through May can be an active time for recruiters and job seekers. Grads are ready to jump into the world of work, and companies are eager for fresh talent. Honestly, there is never one best time of year. The job market is very dynamic.

4. Since Massachusetts has 116 academic institutions, do you find yourselves recruiting this talent right here or are you recruiting outside of Massachusetts and why?

With more than 100 colleges and serious software and medical innovation, Massachusetts has a great pool of candidates. Why look elsewhere? Even Mark Zuckerberg said that he regretted the move to Palo Alto.

5. Why types of technology are you using to tap top talent?

I’m seeing a wave of new and exciting recruiting and HR technologies, but LinkedIn is still popular – it has the human touch in that you can contact people more quickly something that is so lacking in the old school cold-calling style of recruiting. There is more work to be done here. LinkedIn is one large database that is now evolving on many social and content sharing levels.

6. How does the entrepreneurial spirit we are seeing impact Corporate America’s growth?

Massachusetts is a power center of entrepreneurial spirit. Look to this state to lead America, and corporate America, out of the doldrums.

7. What are some tips and tricks to engaging a passive candidate?

I don’t always recommend looking for passive candidates. You want to find and hire people who will commit to your company and be engaged by the work. If companies are doing a good job with workplace culture, it will be easier for recruiters to attract passive candidates. Business leaders must focus on building positive workplace culture! It is essential in this competitive market for the very best talent.

8. If you could offer any advice to some of this amazing talent looking for opportunities here in Massachusetts, what would it be?

If you’re a job seeker, go for it. Use your passion to show recruiters and companies how you’ll fit into their culture. You have valuable skills, and companies are searching for you – and those skills – right now. Be social. Let your brand shine. It’s a tough market out there so stay focused on your goals and keep your brand up to date.

Again, these are only partial answers. To hear my complete thoughts, and see how our panel and Senator Brown interact, you’ll need to be there Friday. Hope to see you there!

Please stop by and ask me tough questions. Get involved in the process. It doesn’t matter where you sit on the political spectrum – all that matters is that you raise your voice to be heard. Now is the time.

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Channeling Crowd-Sourced Mindshare: #TChat Recap

“I don’t want to be out here doing nothing. It’s dangerous.”

This from a 14-year-old boy in Chicago who should be in school, but is not, because of the Chicago Teachers’ strike. This isn’t a rebuke of why he’s not in school, it’s just a brief commentary about the phrase itself as metaphor for the power of social and informal learning.

Many of you have heard the quote, “An idle brain is the devil’s workshop,” which comes from H.G. Bohn‘s Handbook of Proverbs, published in 1855. Its Biblical origins comes from the belief that hard work keeps us focused and out of trouble, and without it, we can only conceive evil deeds from laziness. But with the latest in neuroscience research, we now know that our frontal cortex has much smaller windows of focal strength during the course of the day, that we need idle breaks in thought, to allow the mind to rest and revitalize, letting what we’ve absorbed during the focal spikes to reengineer our synaptic pathways.

Of course I don’t literally mean that teenagers should be roaming the streets unchecked with no formal or informal learning in place. I’m segueing more to the adult world of work and how the progressive enterprise understands how we truly learn and adopt and adapt — and it is doing what it can to integrate this into the workplace, from applicant to alumni.

But we’ve got a lot of “process debt” to deal with. Similar to “technical debt” that refers to layers of outdated programming code that we just overwrite instead of starting fresh, process debt is the same thing when it comes to change management in the workplace. Our decades old learning and development processes haven’t changed much even in the light of research referenced above. We still throw the new employee handbook at new hires, make everyone sit for day-long training seminars where we check out halfway in, and then we silo ourselves in self-branded promotional kiosks with limited if any exposure outside the firewall to valuable content from informal learning channels.

I’m talking about social channels, of course — which of course we’re getting access to anyway inside and outside the firewall, via mobile and tablet devices.

The democratization of social learning is here to stay, and we should embrace the shorter bursts of quality peer-to-peer interaction and actionable insights. By letting us do what we’ve already been doing for thousands of years, the sharing and learning around relevant topics across brand agnostic open networks, organizations can channel the crowd-sourced mindshare and elevate the great global enterprise of empowerment and improvement.

“I don’t want to be out here doing nothing. It’s dangerous.”

The good news is, we’re not doing nothing. The danger is in resistance, not idleness.

Did you miss this week’s preview? Click here, and check out all the crowd-sourced mind-sharing below, channeled through a slideshow of your #TChat tweets. Thank you, Joe Sanchez (@sanchezjb), for your guest  moderation of yesterday’s chat. We look forward to seeing everyone next week.

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#TChat INSIGHTS: These Are a Few of my Favorite TWEETS (Social Learning Culture)

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Storified by Sean Charles · Wed, Sep 12 2012 22:23:10

Just me and my pigeon friend #TChat ing it! Don’t jump lil guy! It ain’t worth it! ;) http://pic.twitter.com/W0OHRqH6Jocelyn Aucoin
@SocialMediaSean Chi-town!! #TChat http://pic.twitter.com/vGgg5pvbBarb Buckner
There are always more ways to fail than to succeed – always. Change the questions, walk a new path, see differently. #tchatVala Afshar
Let’s roll! Q1 What are the top attributes of a learning culture? #tchatJoe Sanchez
A1. Look around, do you see learning outside of L&D? Do you see learning happening organically? Yes? Yes. #tchatJustin Mass
A1. Must be adaptable. Things change ridiculously fast. #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A1) Must be open to honest criticism about the environment. Tear that bandaid OFF #tchatKeith Punches
A1: Total Employee Collaboration towards shared values #tchatNissrine Ghannoum
A1. Here’s a simple answer we overlooked: investment in creative methods of training! (Disclosure: These include our platform!) #tchatTeamalaya
A1: The culture of learning runs from how you approach meetings to performance reviews, every facet, it’s a total rework of process #tchatJen Olney
a1) confidence in taking risks. Don’t over-analyze. Do it, assess it, do it again if it works #tchatRich Grant
A1) Much informal learning isn’t directly tied to performance, yet it results nonetheless. Don’t try to measure its ROI #tchatTom Spiglanin
A1: permission to fail #tchatAndy Phillips
A1: No killer phrases like “that will never work” #tchatKathy Herndon, GPHR
A1 Be open to the diverse way people learn best. Give options, be flexible and all inclusive. #tchatTeala Wilson
A1: #Learning cultures take risks and value the experience of failure. #TChatAndrew Henck
A1: Learning cultures encourage everyone to ask questions and share stories about successes, failures, and what they’ve learned #tchatJen Olney
A1: A healthy learning culture might allow one to admit mistakes with fear. #tchatMark Salke
A1: The celebration of mistakes that result from courageous adventure if they’re not careless. #tchatDavid Lapin
A1) Equal access to learning for all; open access to informal learning channels thru #SoMe #tchatTom Spiglanin
A1: Also about providing mentorship at the mid-level. Younger #employees need to know it’s safe to ask questions #tchatLara Zuehlke
@sanchezjb A1) Open-minded to new ideas, enthusiastic and willing to take risks. #TChatIcarus Agency
Curiosity may have killed the cat but it gives rise to a learning culture. A1 #TchatJocelyn Aucoin
A1 – the right to fail trying something new #tchatRichard S Pearson
A1 When comps present themselves 2 job candidates as employer that supports employees growth, stage is set 4 what ppl can expect. #TchatCyndy Trivella
A1) On-fire learning finds value in every interaction. The culture that stimulates that values innovation. #tchatTom Spiglanin
A1. Collective spirit of inquiry and open source leadership #tchatSalima Nathoo
A1 Availability of “learning materials”. #tchatObjectiveli
A1: ability to ask questions no matter the circumstances #TChatBrad Galin
A1. A place where leaders encourage teams to continually grow professionally and personally by being open to new ideas and concepts. #tchatTerri Klass
A1) A learning culture just “is” – it’s like a good film, you know it when you see it. #tchatTom Spiglanin
A1: Needs to be supported from the top, organizational culture, competency of leadership, talent management etc. #tchatRobert Rojo
A1: Trust! Trust->fearlessness->sharing knowledge->everyone benefits #tchatBright.com
A1. Learning should actually occur :-) #tchatSheree Van Vreede
A1 Starts with an open “mindset” – values ideas. #tchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
A1: A learning culture must continually promote curiosity, that’s where it all starts. #tchatRandy Thio
A1: If we are open-minded, aren’t we always learning despite the #culture? #TchatLara Zuehlke
@sanchezjb A1. Strong learning culture acknowledges all ideas, good and bad. #TChatJason Ebbing
A1: An organization that commits to training established employees as well as onboarded employees. #tchatTeamalaya
A1: Providing dollars as well as support for cont education, learning & sharing. #TchatLara Zuehlke
@SocialMediaSean @marksalke I’ll go you 1 better: late summer @ my office. http://pic.twitter.com/fMVP2eORMandi Bishop
Q2 How can leaders teach employees to learn how to learn? #tchatJoe Sanchez
A2 “Enable everyone to be a teacher” @4KM More priceless advice from #tchat on Twitter!Daniel Hudson
A2: Leaders can advocate for their employees to experience growth opportunities and share experiences with employees #tchatTeala Wilson
A2: Learn from mistakes, they’re a great opportunity to teach, learn and grow from. Will add value to organization. #tchatRobert Rojo
A2 asking q’s (genuinely), building trust, & designing 4 cooperation help spur learning. teaching doesn’t nec. mean learning happens #tchatMiriam Brosseau
A2: when ppl share knowledge, f/u and say thank you. = creating open learning & sharing environment #tchatPlatinum Resource
A2 Enable everyone to be a teacher #tchatAlice MacGillivray
@SocialMediaSean Awesome panorama from 21st floor ! Ottawa #Canada #TChat http://pic.twitter.com/sZJkojGMNissrine Ghannoum
A2: Isn’t #learning the point of working? To teach, connect, grow? You can make money all kinds ‘o ways. Don’t need a job for that. #tchatLara Zuehlke
#tchat a2 asked them what area they would like to receive more trainingSage Bramhall
A2: by using tools like #SoMe – being progressive examples #tchatKathy Herndon, GPHR
A2 Leaders need to challenge employees to answer their own questions, not provide answers, make people uncomfortable at times #tchatPam Ross
A2 Allow people room to “fail forward” #tchatWandaHopkinsMcClure
A2 Worked 4 comp that encouraged ppl 2 join Toastmasters & allowed time during work hrs. & considered it part of annual learning goal #TchatCyndy Trivella
A2 Looking back and admitting what didn’t work – then moving on. #tchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
A2: Leaders have to be intentional effort to offer and gain a new perspective so that everyone can see situations in fresh new ways. #tchatJen Olney
A2: by Fostering dialogue, setting an example & connecting employees to the org objectives #TChatNissrine Ghannoum
#tchat A2 you can help others learn. Adults are hard but make them love learning as much as u thru example. I provided proff dev. For 8 yrs!Sage Bramhall
A2: Share learning experiences and demonstrate the importance. Allow opportunities for self and team to apply learning on the job #tchatLaTonya Wilkins
A2 Leaders have to be open to feedback and change. Modeling learning from experience so that employees learn. #TChatPam Ross
A2. Leaders can take interest in what their team wants to learn and pursue. Ask. Listen. Integrate ideas. #tchatTerri Klass
A2: Everyone already knows how to learn, they just need to be reminded to keep doing it at work (managers and peers can help) #TChat #TChatFaronics HR
A2: Encourage EEs to trust themselves & ask questions. If they didn’t already know how to learn, they wouldn’t have gotten very far. #tchatBright.com
A2 The leaders should encourage participation without the fear of failing or making mistakes #tchatRitu Raj
A2: #Leaders need to be OK in their own skin. Insecurity is what erodes #learning & growth. Leads to micromanaging. #TchatLara Zuehlke
A2 – be willing to walk the walk as well as talk the talk when it comes to learning. Many ldrs don’t do this #tchatBrad Galin
A2 There’s value in teaching people how to ask questions – the right questions. #tchatJoe Sanchez
A2) lead by example. Show them you are open to their ideas by accepting their honest appraisal of current status quo. #tchatKeith Punches
A2) Lead by example, a leader who is still passionate about learning themselves will naturally encourage those around them. #tchatBlair Hite
A2 Companies can include “fun” time learning into the mix so it’s not always a classroom or CBT learning experience. #TchatCyndy Trivella
A2) give them some breathing room. Let them figure things out; consult when needed #tchatRich Grant
A2: Leadership has 2 drive it, need 2 encourage, can’t b afraid of failure use it 2 develop the culture and character of organization #tchatRobert Rojo
A2: I believe you should teach by modeling. #tchatTyrrel Walker
A2: Leaders must be committed to a day-in and day-out shift in attention and practice to learning and make it consistent #tchatJen Olney
A2. Stay present; stay on message; and keep listening. #tchatSheree Van Vreede
A2 Mentoring might be good start… #tchat #csuite #leadership #workplaceGood Business
A2 At Teamalaya, all employees are willing to do the dirty work. It will show future employees that we’re willing to do w/e it takes. #tchatTeamalaya
A2. They can create the conditions that give people permission to learn without boundaries or borders #tchatSalima Nathoo
A2: By starting everyone in preschool. Really. Soft skills and learning cultures start there. #TChatKevin W. Grossman
A2 Mgrs can set reasonable expectations for a set # of learning hrs per month/yr. and tie learning into the performance expectations. #TchatCyndy Trivella
A2 model learning, be open to it, provide learning at every opportunity, ask questions, challenge assumptions, don’t give answers #TChatPam Ross
A2: Identifying + recognizing the strengths + learning styles of your team is key. #TChatAndrew Henck
A2: Set an example and then provide the same opportunity #TChatBarb Buckner
a2) ask them the questions; don’t spoon feed them the answers #tchatRich Grant
A2 Model the behaviors. #tchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
Late summer on the deck in Ann Arbor. @SocialMediaSean #tchat http://pic.twitter.com/OtjDfSOQMark Salke
Q3 How can an organization leverage informal social learning opportunities? #tchatJoe Sanchez
A3: Provide UNSTRUCTURE time to think, dream, mastermind,tinker, explore reflect- genius is not a lightening bolt #TChatAngela Maiers
A3. Recognizing informal learning value and understanding its benefits, could be a good start #TChatLilian Mahoukou
A3: Orgs can leverage informal #SocialLearning by mixing it up – provide content that provokes personal and professional interest #tchatTeala Wilson
A3: Build intentional reflection and inquiry into meetings and exchanges. Questions like, “What did you notice when…”#tchat #hsdinstituteRoyce Holladay
A3 – Create intersections – social is fast moving & ideas spring up – then do something w/those ideas as a jump board for learning #TchatLeAnna J. Carey
A3) @hjarche @C4LPT and others promote narrating work. Within the org, this goes a long way to show others how it’s done. #tchatTom Spiglanin
A3 employees are a great way to bounce ideas around about new ideas and new opportunities. #TChatKZO Innovations
Less social media. More face to face. More work. More production. Less chat. #TChat A3Lois Martin
A3: Afford ppl the freedom to learn using a method that makes sense for them, often is met with less resistance. #tchatRandy Thio
A3: Peer to peer teaching opportunities allow everyone a chance to gain knowledge. Create the space and time to make it happen #tchatJen Olney
A3 Learning is caught; not taught. Communicate, collaborate, celebrate together. #tchatWandaHopkinsMcClure
A3: Effective learning cultures already expect folks to bring outside (formal/informal) learning in + share it. #TChatAndrew Henck
A3: YouTube and TED are excellent sources of inspirationand information which can start ur creative juices flowing! @AngelaMaiers #TChatZenYinger
A3: We need to invite someone we don’t know well or from another area to lunch…. break bread, break barriers. #TChatJon M
A3. Embrace social learning as critical to innovation and cutting-edge knowledge. #tchatTerri Klass
A3: Make it public. So many opportunities in social learning to highlight your learning culture #TChatSean Charles
A3: Buy letting us do what we’re already doing. Sharing and learning around relevant topics across brand agnostic open networks. #TchatKevin W. Grossman
A3: Approach everything as a learning opp. Encourage learning by doing, observing, teaching. #tchatBright.com
A3 Onboarding is one opportunity. Social learning def. required. #tchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
A3: give people some downtime to process and collaborate. Need to let go of control! #tchatBrad Galin
A3. Build a social sandbox in the workplace and champion creative sandcastle architects. #tchatSalima Nathoo
A3) Identify existing pockets where social learning success exists & seek ways to cross-pollinate/expand/amplify on those examples #TchatExpertus
A3: Create an org culture that first values “out of the box” thinking + innovative learning opps. #TChatAndrew Henck
A3 Leverage by creating an environment which supports informal learning opps, ie, outta cubicles! It’s culture & physical #TchatClaire Crossley
A3: Provide UNSTRUCTURE time to think, dream, mastermind,tinker, explore reflect- genius is not a lightening bolt #TChatAngela Maiers
A3 – an open work environment – no cubicles – and encourage collaboration thru social media… #tchatRichard S Pearson
A3: accept unorthodox learning styles. org leadership retreats, to bond teams, and give back to community. displays comm, & collabora #tchatPlatinum Resource
A3 Informal learning allows ppl to learn in a place, time and thru a venue (i.e., mobile device )to fit employee’s learning style. #TchatCyndy Trivella
“@SocialMediaSean: Tweet a photo of where you are tweeting from tonight. Love to add pictures to the Storify. #TChat” http://pic.twitter.com/tSX0nbrhFar North Media
Q4 Why do learning cultures create competitive advantage? #tchatJoe Sanchez
A4 – The struggle after a company has been ramped up is ‘the founders dilemma – can you scale? #TchatLeAnna J. Carey
A4) Seeing love for failure. OK. But it’s how we attend respond & adjust & move forward that is the source of value in failure #TchatExpertus
A4 – barriers can be overcome by continually evolving the teaching models through an innovation lens #TChatLeAnna J. Carey
A4: Learning cultures tend to be more civil. #tchat #leadership #learningLindaFisherThornton
A4: Growing Leaders , Growing Companies #tchatNissrine Ghannoum
A4: there’s a jack welch quote about comp advantage is orgs that that learn fast ad convert that learning into action.. #tchatBill Cushard
A4: Adaptable to responding to external changes,competitive to innovations. The culture of learning is always shifting into high gear #tchatJen Olney
A4: A #LearningCulture creates a competitive advantage by allowing ideas and innovation to flow and be heard #tchatTeala Wilson
A4 Competition fosters efficiency–> production. Experts learn & produce. Leaders teach WHILE they learn & produce. #TChatJoseph Ned
A4: The more you “Learn” the more you “Earn” in life & business #TChatSean Charles
#TChat A4:More opportunity 2 empower employees to learn new things as well as challenge them, instead of “just showing up at work”! #rewardsMichael!
A4) Knowledge hoarding is a tactic for failure. Knowledge sharing is like passing down the recipe for success. #tchatTom Spiglanin
A4: To emphasize to employees to go the extra mile, be accountable & define expectations. #tchatRobert Rojo
A4: a learning culture is able to embrace diversity and this allows good mixing of ideas to bring new ones to life. #tchatBrad Galin
A4 Companies can have customer satisfaction recognition programs that R tied into learning new procedures/processes. #TchatCyndy Trivella
A4) because learning cultures = innovation = competitive advantage #TChatRich Grant
A4. Because they are inclusive, not exclusive. #tchatSheree Van Vreede
A4 I think a good place to look in organizations where and what learning is required, that also goes for tacit and general learning #tChatRitu Raj
A4. Encouraging emps to take part in their own education is empowering…and contagious #TChatKara Singh
A4: Learning cultures are inherently adapting to the changing needs of the day. #TChatAndrew Henck
A4. There are always opportunities to learn. It’s not only up to the mentor but the individual to take the lesson. #TChatKara Singh
Tweeting from Michigan State – #TChat http://pic.twitter.com/SfuOOLWoMarla Gottschalk PhD
Q5 How do you know whether or not an organization’s culture is conducive to learning? #tchatJoe Sanchez
A5 How they react to mistakes – do they learn from it or sweep it under the rug? #tchatAmy Do
A5. By profiling managers… are they multipliers or diminishers? The latter ones don’t leave room for failure and practical learning #TChatLilian Mahoukou
A5: Active Listening , Questioning & raising awareness #TChatNissrine Ghannoum
A5 transparent processes – opening up for feedback & taking it seriously – represent a learning culture #TChatMiriam Brosseau
A5 – It’s important to assess the appetite for change – can close up some barriers! #TchatLeAnna J. Carey
A5 The best learning, especially in business, comes from discovery. How does the org take what’s been discovered and create insights? #tchatJoe Sanchez
A5 you FEEL it! There is a good vibration in the air. #TChat #tchatLori~TranslationLady
A5) I facilitate a social session with newer employees to get to heart of our culture, which is knowledge sharing. Walk the talk. #tchatTom Spiglanin
A5 Leadership must set a purposeful direction for continual learning. Can’t be haphazard. #tchatTerri Klass
A5: I find there is a strong sense of humility in learning focused organizations. #TChatSean Charles
A5 An organization that fosters innovation, trying out new ideas – is more likely to be a learning organization #tchatKimbra Fox
A5. I’d agree on the fact that employees may be the ones to give some key evidences #TChatLilian Mahoukou
A5 Really, all you have to do is look around. If things aren’t changing, people aren’t learning. #TchatRedge
A5) In our org, a VP welcomes every new employee, even if some weeks it’s just one or two. #tchatTom Spiglanin
A5: Find out about an org’s rate of internal mobility and process for determining strategy & best practices #tchatTeala Wilson
A5- Examine how the highest level employee interacts with the lowest…if you see/feel the hierarchy probably not a learning org #TChatAngela Maiers
A5 How they react to mistakes – do they learn from it or sweep it under the rug? #tchatAmy Do
A5 open your network and find people who work there to talk to. They won’t hesitate to share if they are in a great (or horrible) co. #tchatRichard S Pearson
A5: Ask one of their regular employees what the company mission statement is! #tchatRandy Thio
A5: Are the leaders challenging their employees to push their own status quo beyond its limits and seek new perspectives? #tchatJen Olney
A5: if they are in survival mode or not. those they want to survive, tend to skip out on training & learning #tchatPlatinum Resource
A5) do SVPs and above ask more questions than make pronouncements? #TChatRich Grant
A5 How boring are the meetings? :) #tchat #csuite #leadership #workplaceGood Business
A5: If the org culture values failure + innovation, it is conducive to #learning #TChatAndrew Henck
As a manager you can either command excellence or help build excellence. Leaders always choose the latter. #tchatVala Afshar
@TerriKlass Dont use White Boards. Use butcher paper and markers. More creative thought. #tChatGenny Harrison
People can be human. Learning, growing, flawed, passionate, humans. Groups like that learn w/ and from each other. #tchatMatt Monge
@TerriKlass I got your jealously ripening in my yard right now http://www.twitpic.com/aqgpwe #TChat pina coladas for everyone!Sylvia Dahlby

Off-Shoring Employer & Personal Brands: #TChat Recap

It’s creepy, this shadow employer and personal brand combo world.

A company that you can set up with as little as $600, with no proper identification, one that you can then rent a board and faux investors for, creating a shell company that you can run, anonymously, and sell whatever products and services you want — without paying corporate taxes in the United States — the proverbial offshore tax shelter we hear about in Belize or Seychelles or Cyprus or the Cayman Islands that we loathe yet secretly envy, without legal repercussions unless you’re investigated and subpoenaed by the very country that allows, some would argue encourages, these kinds of shady yet perfectly legal business entities.

Breathe — wait for it — the United States of America. According to a recent report from NPR Planet Money and a New York Times editorial by Adam Davidson, the United States is the easiest place to set up a shadow company, with at least four states requiring no proper identification at all, which is against international law established by the United States and Europe.

This isn’t a political indictment per se; this is an unfortunate reality check that the best of business brands will do anything it can to play an overly complex and outdated tax and regulatory system, as opposed to transforming the economic climate into a more transparent interaction that improves global commerce and job creation.

But as I wrote last week, if it wasn’t for those pesky, messy, meddling humans, the world of work would actually work flawlessly. We’d work together happily and collaboratively, without deceit, harassment or discrimination. We’d all be accountable and personally responsible and have each other’s backs, we’d have reciprocal respect with our leaders, and reality TV would not be a reality.

However, that’s not our reality, although we spend an awful lot of progressive thought leadership time focused on enlightened and aligned personal and employer brands. Not a bad thing, mind you — but is being a maligned employment brand all that bad, especially if you’re legitimately conducting business via offshore accounts instead of being what’s called a “shelf company,” which is nothing more than a name and a URL sitting on a shelf to protect money transactions later?

If you’re employing folks who would otherwise not be employed, who you’re paying so in turn they’re keeping shelter over head and food on the table, and maybe even paying them under the table so even they’re skirting taxation, their personal brands will somewhat align with their employers’ because basic needs are satiated. Yes, it helps if they’re okay with the work they do too, but even then we forgo much happiness and ethical considerations when survival is critical.

Sorry to bring you down, kids, but the international community could do much to alleviate these shadow woes, again improving our progressive goals of ever-enlightened and aligned employer and personal brands while improving the way we conduct business and our global economic practices. That dirty little tango secret starts with us.

Speaking of us, all of us, thank you for joining the TalentCulture #TChat conversation yesterday. As usual, your tweets were smart and inspired. Following is a slide show of Top 20 Tweet Tango. We’ll see you next week!

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Your #TChat Top 20 Tweet Tango: “Employer and Personal Brands do the Tango”

Storified by TalentCulture · Wed, Aug 29 2012 21:42:00

Your #TChat Top 20 Tweet Tango: “Employer and Personal Brands do the Tango” http://pic.twitter.com/ASBMf7loSean Charles
#TChat PreChat: Should the person tweeting from the company twitter be mentioned in Bio? Final: 42% answered with #Yes http://pic.twitter.com/ag6w5s69Sean Charles
Q1: What is the essence of an employer brand? #TChatSusan D. Strayer
A1: The people and nothing but the people. #tchatRob McGahen
A1 A company’s employees are its greatest asset. Their personal commitment to the company is reflected by a company’s ‘personality’. #tchatRutterNetworkingTech
A1 It seems it is somewhat like an “elevator pitch” only 1000 x more powerful. #tchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
Q2: How have innovations in technologies altered employees’ relationships with their employers’ brands? #TChatSusan D. Strayer
A2: Amplication of brand for employee and employer. Crossover and conflict potential greater too. #tchatJon M
A2 There are more outlets of communication for the the employee, and therefore more opportunities to listen, for the #Brand. #TchatViralheat.com
A2: More platforms, more ways to connect. Can be a double edge sword, communication is only as good as the human behind the screens #tchatJen Olney
Q3: Which needs the other more, employee personal brands or the employer brand? Why? #TChatSusan D. Strayer
A3: in the Branding process there should be a blend btw employer brand shaped by personal brand and org characteristics #TChatNissrine Ghannoum
A3) if you work for a company with a strong nationally recognized brand, your brand is defined (in part) by the mother ship #tchatRich Grant
A3: Is it not the entire #leaderships’ responsibility and the company teams’: culture is omnipresent. #tchatLori King
Q4: What does it look like when employers’ brands exist dynamically & positively with employees’ personal brands? #TChatSusan D. Strayer
#TChat A4 Always ensure your are aligning your strategic communication goals & core brand messages w/ your social media policy.Avi Lambert
A4: When organisational and individual brands converge in a uniform way it demonstrates authenticity #TchatMark Keane
A4. Employer & personal brands that are united draw the pubic in. Their coexisting state is a number one marketig tool. #tchatBeverly Davis
A4) I’m getting the image of a 10-person marketing firm.. nimble responsive… everyone pointing in the same direction #tchatRich Grant
Q5: How can leadership right an employer brand when employees’ personal brands reveal a toxic workplace culture? #TChatSusan D. Strayer
A5: toxic employee brands reveal poor leadership, poor communication and/or lack of recognition by the employer. Time 4 chng #tchatJohn T. Lawrence
A5 employER brand are out date but employEE brands aren’t! Implicit social media peeps!!! #tchatInsight72
#TChat A5 Look at yourself & elements of your brand, any toxic cultures I have found myself in usually flowed downstream from the top.Benjamin Moore

HR Leadership Can Make All the Difference: #TChat Recap

We wish that the world defined us only by our successes, but the reality is we define ourselves continually by our failures. We build monuments to greatness like statues and skyscrapers and sweeping internal processes, while the foundations of each are filled with poor decisions, inefficient planning, half-hearted executions and the shell casings of emotional gunfire.

In fact, we long to point out where the bodies lay lifeless, and we remain excited even after they’re removed. We want to feel better about our failures, but because societal and religious mores force those feelings to be repressed, the feelings seep out and stain like sweat rings on a hot day. Then we cover our eyes quickly as if being forced to look into that same hot sun.

Imagine dealing with this everyday, throughout the entire lifespan of each and every employee. Shatter the glass half empty at your feet and you’ve got wet shards of different sizes, from full-time to part-time to flex-time to contractor. Human resource professionals have to manage all this mess as well as facilitate and mediate the supervisors in between. It’s no wonder we’ve got so many rules and regulations around people management.

Maybe if we explored what it means to be more human on the HR job and how that pays dividends in small business and the enterprise we’d come closer to reconciling the ratio of failure to success. Maybe if we took a more holistic and transparent approach to performance management instead of transactional silos of shame we’d come a lot closer to growth Nirvana, both personally and professionally.

Thankfully that’s the way it begins — change — the movement from one state to another, from a static status quo state to a hopefully more progressive and productive state. Like moving from flat two dimensions to a vibrant three. The change begins in small groups, the sharing of new knowledge of what can be done that hasn’t been done before and the return of that “change” investment. The new knowledge fills the room, some of it permeating each exposed pore, entering the bloodstream and flooding our brains with possibility.

The possibility that our failures truly define our success and understanding the why of it all — that’s where HR can truly make a difference today: to know the business, staff the business, teach the business and grow the business, all predicated on managing the messy yet mingled bad with the good.

Join us for our first-ever World of Work live #TChat Session at the 13th Annual Illinois HR Conference & Exposition, one of the many HR Super Social Hero events that occur throughout the year. We want to personally thank Dave Ryan (@DaveTheHRCzar), Susan Avello (@SusanAvello),  Donna Rogers (@DonnaRogersHR), John Jorgensen (@jkjhr), and many, many other friends who have always supported our efforts to make the World of Work more social. We certainly like hanging out with our friends in the trenches, and it all starts with #ILSHRM coming up next week, on Aug. 5-7, 2012. Our live session will be Monday, Aug. 6, from 5-6 pm CST.

In the meantime, did you miss this week’s preview? Go here, and be on the watch for more tweets and slideshows from us. You Rock!

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#TChat INSIGHTS: Becoming (Social) HR Leaders

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…. RT @rmcgahen Who else is ready for another kick ass #tchat [today]? I know I am. http://pic.twitter.com/aVi6lREuTalentCulture
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Q1: In HR & the world of work, what does it mean to do the opposite of what’s been done to spark disruptive change? #TChat RT @susanavelloSean Charles
A1: Doing something different than what was done in the past to get over staleness. #tchatRob McGahen
A1 give up control. Truly involve and engage people. Have real conversations. Trust. #tchatPam Ross
a1. Learn the job and business inside out… then look for ways to make it better. Knowledge is power. #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A1: Change doesn’t have to be done for the sake of change, innovation is not always revolution but evolution is necessary #tchatJen Olney
A1 Is it how HR sees itself? I don’t think so. It changing the view of the “brand”. #tchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
A1: Your job is not to say no. Start with yes, then modify to fit. #TChatTrepability
@MeghanMBiro @susanavello A1 #TChat it means to #bealeaderBurke Allen
A1: Back up disruption with business case using real data, not emotional attachment to #SoMe #TChatTom Bolt
A1: Make everyone a brand ambassador, regardless of what they do, and in what capacity they do it. #tchatKevin W. Grossman
#Tchat A1 Change for the sake of change is not effective. Must have bona fide reason and facts to back it up.Cyndy Trivella
A1 Partner with people that you know think differently from you. #TChatMary E. Wright
A1: Encourages folks to think outside the box and see things differently. #TChatJess ‘Babs’ Bahr
A1: Change or disruption for its own sake is pointless. Too often we change just to do it – first determine need/rationale. #tchatDoctor Daniel Crosby
A1 keep the lawyers at arms length #TChatBill Boorman
A1-Get some skin in the game vs. policy-police. Be upfront, outspoken, and available. #HR #TchatInsperity Careers
A1: Emphasize the “social” but never lose sight of the fact that it is a business activity. Encourage innovative enhancement #TChatTom Bolt
Joining for a bit for #tchat. A1: flexibility!Elizabeth Rominger
#Tchat A1 When people re-evaluate the history of a system or procedure, often times an update or refresh is needed to the process.Cyndy Trivella
A1 make sure everyone has all the information to educate and inform rather than regulate #TChatBill Boorman
A1: Be genuine! Ppl are sick of disingenuous actions that don’t get them anywhere. #tchatPlatinum Resource
#TChat A1 – Quit trying to herd cats and start trying to motivate and inspire people.Joan Ginsberg
A1 Quash cynicism, not enthusiasm. #TChatMary E. Wright
A1: Mired in status quo? Remind ppl there are other “quos” to consider <= stupid stuff I say sometimes. #TChatTom Bolt
A1: Don’t try to “disrupt”, try to see things from a diff view, and innovation just happens. Don’t force it #tchatDeb Maher
A1 Work out how you can do things rather than why you cant #TChatBill Boorman
A1: Being an early adopter also can mean you become the SME in the field faster. #tchatDawn Rasmussen
A1 Being the innovators in the organization, not blocking it. Collaborating and sharing, not secret keeping. #tchatPam Ross
A1 Technology is reshaping the landscape to create new possibilities for shifting the paradigm. Embrace it! #tchatDawn Rasmussen
#Tchat A1 Working with the best interest of the company in mind sets the stage for credibility.Cyndy Trivella
A1 Welcome the messenger for change. #TChatMary E. Wright
A1: Keep it simple and be social first #TChatBill Boorman
A1: It means to turn the corporate hierarchy on its head every once in a while & lead from beside. #TChatBrent Skinner
A1 Being a change agent and not being afraid to go against the grain even if it means dealing with political backlash #TChatJanine Truitt
A1 think of the old quote “if you don’t like change you’ll like irrelevance even less” – never be afraid to challenge status quo #TChatmatthew papuchis
A1: Letting full-time employees take flex time when needed as long as the biz isn’t disrupted, only the status quo. #tchatKevin W. Grossman
A1 stopping crying about a seat at the table, sitting down and engaging with leaders to build business thru people #tchatPam Ross
A1. Don’t be scared to ask “Why?” Asking why is how businesses find innovative ways to work more efficiently. #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
#Tchat A1 Staying ahead of the curve on new technology for example, helps set someone apart.Cyndy Trivella
A1: Challenge is not to be an early adopter but to build bridge over the gap before everybody else. #TChatTom Bolt
A1: Actually understanding the business so you can be that “strategic partner” #tchatJoshua Barger
A1- Be out in front and be OK with it. #tchatAndrea Jenkins
A1: Stepping outside of the old/narrow admin role and becoming more active and visible in other areas of the business #tchatBright.com
A1: Always keep the business goals in mind and devise new ways to reach the objectives #TChatChina Gorman
A1: My best ideas come from closing my eyes and opening my mind in an org that let’s me dream. #tchatDeb Maher
A1. Do not accept the statement “it can’t be done.” Find a way to get it done and show the naysayers #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A1: being an early adopter and working against stereotypes #TChatChina Gorman
You guys will love this one > Q2: What are the traits that make for a great HR pro? #tchatSusan Avello
A2: Honest, truthful and open to change! #tchatRob McGahen
A2 More important now than ever b4 for HR pros to know how market dynamics impact IT, marketing, sales, etc. competencies. #tchatJoe Sanchez
A2: #tchat HR practitioners who work in recruitment are most effective when they can point job seekers to alternative occupations.Catherine Chambers
#TCHAT A2: A person who understands the linkage between investing in people and organizational success, and who champions this cause.Catherine Chambers
A2: HR is people-marketing. #TChatTrepability
A2 Think Global, create granular. #TChatMary E. Wright
A2 A great HR pro never thinks they know it all or have done it all. They have a passion of learning and staying ahead of the curve. #TChatJanine Truitt
A2: HR pros are catalysts for change. Many gr8 leaders today but too many mired in the past. #TChatTom Bolt
a2. to know how to make employees feel like assets of the business… because, well… they are :) #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A2 The ability to create and enforce policy without losing respect for those to whom it applies. #TChatMary E. Wright
A2: HR pros know that business is human at the core #tchatJen Olney
A2 They are on the cutting edge of organization – help leaders align talent with that direction… #tchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
A2: A great HR Pro is a business professional first with a speciality in HR #tchatJoshua Barger
A2 HR has to have the ability to see doom and gloom before it hits and be ready with solutions for their partners. #TChatJanine Truitt
A2: Start with being you. That’s pretty good, you know. Next, learn more, get practice, become an expert. #TChatTrepability
A2: Self love and love for the people of the company. #TChatSean Charles
A2 be willing to influence without glory #TChatBill Boorman
A2: Know the business, staff the business, teach the business, grow the business. #tchatKevin W. Grossman
A2: HR Pros first and foremost understand people. Businesses are “People” -> The great ones know that! #TChatDaniel Newman
A2 Someone who gets people and knows their craft, creative, can think on their feet and above all fair and ethical. #TChatJanine Truitt
A2 The ability to plan and work to plan, while retaining the spirit and ability to pivot. #TChatMary E. Wright
A2: Manage HR like a business. What do your customers need? How do I measure value, optimize? What strategic goals can I support? #tchatAlyssa Burkus
A2 A passion for people is number one #TChatBill Boorman
#TChat A2 – biz smarts, positive outlook/personality, intellectual curiosityJoan Ginsberg
#Tchat A2 When HR settles, the whole company suffers. Must have courage to stand up for what is in company’s best interest.Cyndy Trivella
A2 Ability to reach for business goals without losing sight of employee needs, wants, rights. #TChatMary E. Wright
A2 flexible to business need and patient #TChatBill Boorman
A2. the ability to see talent in people and embrace it before the business even realizes they needed it. One-step-ahead. #hiresmart #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A2: You can’t get everything in one person so start with what you need – how does this person need to interact with people? #TChatTrepability
A2: A Great HR Pro has all the great #Leadership qualities. Perhaps #Empathy is the most important. #TchatDaniel Newman
A2: I remember an #HR pro once saying to me, “you control ethics, professionalism & integrity. Everything else is an externality.” #tchatCLOUDTalent
A2: Being HUMAN ;-) #TChat cc: @pamelamaerossBrent Skinner
A2) the best HR pros straddle the line between policies and people. Genuine interest in both and can work in both worlds #tchatKyle Irwin
A2: Empathy. Anyone can do the admin work, but connecting with emps makes you a great #hr pro. #tchatScott Williams
A2 an enabler rather than a regulator #TChatBill Boorman
A2 Flexible thinker – excellent listener – representative of the organizational “heart”. #tchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
A2. Empathy! And the ability to see potential in employees and pair it up with situations that can help them progress #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A2: Learn to listen and learn. The true pro understands they don’t know it all <= stole that one from Plato #TChatTom Bolt
A2: no different than any other business leadership position – except mastery of the #HR body of knowledge #TChat why any different?China Gorman
A2: Lead Genuine….Be Social…Try Something New. #SocialHR #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A2- In general be open, honest, innovative and TOUGH. #tchatAndrea Jenkins
A2 – An HR Pro has to be able to rip her heart out and watch it bleed on the table! #TChat #RequiredSkillsJason Lee Overbey
#Tchat A2 A thirst for knowledge and inner directive to do what is right for the company and people it employs, along with strong biz acumenCyndy Trivella
A2: #HR #people that lead with their heart, their mind and their creativity. A balance…Always! #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A2. The best #HR pros start with business problems. #tchatJustin Mass
A2: Ability to empathize with others, HR is the gatekeepers & have to deal w/all sorts of folks #TChatJess ‘Babs’ Bahr
A2: a retentless desire to win #tchatpaul jacobs
A2 #tchat Continuous learning & an evolving mind w few fixed traits.Michael Leiter
A2: swhat you know about business needs to be as important as what you know about HR #TChatChina Gorman
A2 The ability to absorb panic and display calm in response. #TChatMary E. Wright
A2: business acumen, vision, courage, #TchatChina Gorman
Moving right along ………..Q3: How do great leaders lead in business today and why? #tchatSusan Avello
A3: By working well not just up the ladder, but down as well. #tchatRob McGahen
A3 #hrtech tool #3 @Axonify – bursts of training, gamified learning, much faster time to competence #tchatPam Ross
A3: Great leaders lead with out even knowing it. It’s the passion that leads. #tchatBeverly Davis
A3) A leader is the dealer. He needs others to play and makes sure they have a stake in the game. Solitaire is a time suck. #TChatMary E. Wright
#Tchat A3 At the end of the day, a confident & capable leader will be able to back up any decision and maintain the respect of others.Cyndy Trivella
A3- Respected leaders are thoughtful, open, decisive (they can say “No”), inspirational, dependable and real. #tchatAndrea Jenkins
A3: Seems to me, a business is all about people. Great ideas, great products, great success all flow out from them. #tchatCLOUDTalent
A3. Keep it real. I’d rather trust a person who makes mistakes and learns than someone who tries to always display a perfect version. #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A3. I’ve heard a case made for iconic leadership, eg. Steve Jobs, Phil Jackson, Bono. Not always “serve” or get-out-of-the-way types. #tchatBob Merberg
A3: A leader is whatever (S)he needs to be in the moment. No one right answer. #tchatDoctor Daniel Crosby
A3: Spend more time listening than speaking #TChatSean Charles
A3: Positive attitude and excellent communication mixed with productive behaviors #TChatSean Charles
A3 Delegate the good jobs, too. It breeds enthusiasm. #TChatMary E. Wright
A3 – Compassion (learned that from my previous CEO – @jeffweiner ) @TalentCulture #TChatCole Fox
A3: By caring about their employees #TChatJess ‘Babs’ Bahr
A3: Sometimes, they lead from the front, & other times from behind. But mostly, #leaders 2day lead from beside. #TChatBrent Skinner
A3: Great leaders need binoculars and a rear-view mirror. And a moral frickin’ compass. #tchatKevin W. Grossman
A3) A great leader Influences. There, I said it! Influence comes through and permeates throughout the culture of the organization #tchatSusan Avello
A3 great leaders create purpose for the team. They influence behavior rather than control it. They align people with results #tchatPam Ross
A3: never stop learning + embrace change + empower employees to do the same #TChatSylvia Dahlby
A3. A leader that knows they don’t know everything and are humble enough to open up and listen to others gets a gold star from me! #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A3: Inspiration, not perspiration. Never let em see you sweat. You won’t if you focus on inspiring. #TChatTrepability
A3: Intuition seasoned with Logic #TChatSean Charles
A3 By pulling people up ladder, not by pulling ladder up behind them. People follow passion: succession/mentoring/ display passion #TChatMary E. Wright
A3: There is NO difference between #HR and a #Leader < What if we all looked at it this way? Can you imagine? #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A3: Leaders are inspiration to others. There is no followership training so they have to come willingly. #TChatTom Bolt
A3: Leader needs to keep one eye inside the org and one on the market/biz landscape. #TChatTrepability
A3. Leaders make followers feel like they’re all in it together and that every contribution truly makes a difference. Inspiration! #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A3: The bestest (yes) HR leaders have an eye for innovation, a thirst for process improvement, and a good dose of humanity. #tchatDawn Rasmussen
A3: Great leaders inspire civility, respect and cultivate cultures that inspire beyond just a paycheck, loyalty is revered #tchatJen Olney
A3. By showing a vision, listening and inspiring employees to lead – so they feel empowered within the company. #tchatAnita
A3: great leaders engage their people in meeting the goals of the org thru the execution of the strategy. They lead people. #TChatChina Gorman
#Tchat A3 HR needs to ask a lot of questions and listen well. That is how strategic and well-formed solutions will be developed.Cyndy Trivella
A3: have the positive attitude to lead and inspire others to greatness. #tchatPlatinum Resource
A3 #tchat Great leaders know it’s not really all about them; it’s about the othersMichael Leiter
A3: Leadership is about non-coercive influence toward an objective. If you can do that, boom. #TChatDoctor Daniel Crosby
A3: Great leaders know what needs to be done, and trusts their team to use their creativity to make it happen #tchatBright.com
A3 with passion, integrity, trust, openness, transparency #tchatPam Ross
A3 -put the right people in the right roles with the right goals then get out of their way! Surround yourself with other gr8 leaders #TChatmatthew papuchis
A3 By example. Its a trust thing. #TChatMary E. Wright
a3. they don’t just lead and expect others to follow. they jump in the crowd, socialize, listen, determine needs, and put to practice #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A3: Great leaders of today stay open-minded and try to keep a beat on what’s going on. #tchatEmilie Mecklenborg
A3: Leaders are decisive. Followers smell weakness without looking for it. #TChatTom Bolt
A3: As an Apple alum, the leader doesn’t so much lead as set the vision & then allow all to lead from that core. #tchatCLOUDTalent
A3 great leaders know when to lead, when to manage and when to command #TChatBill Boorman
A3 #tchat Great leaders inspire respectful, creative interactions among their team membersMichael Leiter
A3: Great HR leaders translate business vision into acquisition of skilled talent that embody that vision and company culture. #tchatDawn Rasmussen
We’re at ………..>Q4: What are the cool new HR technology tools and why? #tchatSusan Avello
A4: Anything that makes information exchange better, easier and more meaningful. #tchatRob McGahen
A4 If you don’t have analytics tied to real business objectives, why measure? Imbed holistic analytics in your #HRIS #tchatDeb Maher
@pamelamaeross: A4 #hrtech tool #4 @smallimprove – socializes workplace, simplifies performance management, 360s etc great for SMB #TChatPam Ross
A4: The tech is the vehicle; the people are the power, the fuel. #TChat cc: @CLOUDTalentBrent Skinner
A4 #hrtech tool #5 the many options for internal social networks for collaboration, connection, groups, etc. #TChatPam Ross
A4 Focus on EEs, not tech- that’s where the innovation happens #tchatDeb Maher
A4 I must say- I don’t know where the Instagram thing is going in the #HR space, but the companies that are doing deserve a kudos #TChatJanine Truitt
A4 Can I be really simplistic and say how much I love Doodle? #TChatMary E. Wright
A4: Tech that gets us from transactional silos of data death to predictive insight across the enterprise (and the hall). #tchatKevin W. Grossman
A4. HR tech can be great but we need to make sure everyone is trained and utilizing it efficiently, otherwise there’s no point. #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A4:I have grown fond of sharepoint – great way to build collaboration and sense of community – esp important in decentralized orgs. #TChatmatthew papuchis
A4: Now that the ATS is in the cloud, it can be accessed by anyone from everywhere. Hiring is now truly a team sport! #TChatSimplicant
A4: Make sure you know where you’re going before you rev up the engine. #TChatTrepability
@susanavello A4: #tchat and we have gr8 tech to help with preventing the watering down of a culture from the top to the edgesBurke Allen
A4: i don’t care about cool. I care about effective; about getting better results w/employees, customers, etc. #TchatChina Gorman
A4: I like what is getting built on Salesforce right now #TChatBill Boorman
A4: I like the HR Magazine app. Room for improvement, but saves on paper. #tchatKami McClelland
#Tchat A4 Technology needs to provide seamless access 24/7/365 to keep up with the demands of a fast-paced workforce.Cyndy Trivella
A4: #talentnetworks #tchat #subjective :)Sean Sheppard
A4 #hrtech tool #1: @rypple. Helps build culture of continuous feedback, holds people accountable, shares objectives openly #tchatPam Ross
A4: Anything that helps you understand how to put teams together and make the struggling ones better. #Teamability cc: @teamingtech #TChatTrepability
A4. Social Media like Yammer and WorkSimple can be a tool too- Performance management, reward, and recognition tool #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
#Tchat A4 Any technology that can connect the dots between one piece of software and another is A+Cyndy Trivella
Last question before I go have my beer > • Q5: Where does social media make sense as an HR and recruiting tool and why? #tchatSusan Avello
A5: When you are looking for the best and brightest. #tchatRob McGahen
A5: May get some flack — for all the higher #HR functions, #SoMe works everywhere, but needs good leaders. #TChatBrent Skinner
A5: Social media helps get the word out re: co brand/culture. Tell about your great co, and they will want to work there 2. #tchatKami McClelland
A5 SoMe best tool for internal messaging of HR policies. Immediate, fetching and tracks receipt, too! #TChatMary E. Wright
A5: It gives us access to insights on candidates not available anywhere else to make better decisions #TChatSean Charles
A5 Rethink what u mean by social media in #HR.Not just twitter /FB. Internal social media: profiles,chat rooms in an #HRIS #tchatDeb Maher
A5: Social media is not a magic solution, it requires dedication and effort to be effective to engage and communicate #tchatJen Olney
A5: There is probably a best-fit social niche for most companies. #TChatTrepability
A5: Where? in use. Why? because it works. #TChatSean Charles
A5 You find talent-Sourcing. Talent finds you-Branding. Both are acts of social media. No choice. Talent hunt is now on steroids. #TChatMary E. Wright
A5 SoMe is good for branding, engagement, boosting morale-need I go on… #TChatJanine Truitt
A5- It’s good way to look deeper than just a resume. Aids in a culture fit, influence in the community etc… #tchatAndrea Jenkins
A5: #SocialHR #HRTech is NOW — We’ve been waiting and the market is here. Listen, Research and then DO. #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A5: Social media is another vehicle for communication and shouldn’t be looked at as a separate entity. #TChatJess ‘Babs’ Bahr
A5 Focus on INTERNAL Social Media-imbed in ur #HRIS just in time while ee is in a process-connect w experts in org #tchatDeb Maher
A5. SM can be a way to show how amazing a company and its culture is. This can make talent want to apply and fight to get in. #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A5 Social media is great for showing off your brand to a huge audience. Makes people think “I’d love to work there!” Great ROI #tchatKyle Irwin
#Tchat A5 The beauty abt social is that it’s easy and it’s everywhere. Don’t need to over think it.Cyndy Trivella
A5 if your not a social business, social media wont work #TChatBill Boorman
A5 -opportunities to connect employment brand to consumer brand. Lots of orgs have gr8 customer brands w/no connection to emp. brand #TChatmatthew papuchis
A5. Not everyone is a super awesome resume writer. SM can be a saving grace if recruiters are looking at it. #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A5: If you think #socmedia and #hr only meet at recruiting and perf mgmt, you’re missing a big opportunity #tchatAndrea
A5: When #SoMe is fully integrated into HR life, asking where it applies would be like asking where the telephone applies. #TChatTom Bolt
Social media form one of the largest and most effective networks. Optimize your message and they can work well! #tchat A5Lois Martin
A5: Recruiting using social streams to look for candidate influence, engagement, and personality / cultural fit in action. #TChatKeith C Rogers
A5. SM can bring more of a personality to go along with a resume. I’m impressed by ppl on SM vs. their resume sometimes. #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A5: It’s all about using #HRTech Smart and Soon…Really. Do your research! #TChatMeghan M. Biro
#Tchat A5 HR needs to maintain pace with job seeker demand. If job seekers want to apply via mobile (for example) then HR needs to get thereCyndy Trivella
A5: stop talking about social media and just integrate #TChatBill Boorman
A5: As a recruiting tool, new services are developing that can help make sense of that unstructured data to uncover new talent pools #tchatBright.com
A5: Utilizing social media properly can “sell” your company for you, making recruitment of grade A candidates that much easier. #tchatScott Williams
A5. Also, it can be good for recruiters to track candidates. Resumes don’t always show all the candidate’s abilities/potential #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A5: Social media doesn’t have to make sense. It exists. There is a high noise to signal ratio. But it isn’t going away. #TChatTrepability
A5. As I said earlier, it can be a way to do performance management #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A5: Anywhere it works. #TChatTom Bolt
great and inspiring chat! Thanks all for my 60 minute weekly leadership course :) @susanavello #TChatmatthew papuchis
Great chat. Thanks all! #tchatCLOUDTalent
Super #TChat tonight! Thanks.China Gorman
Thanks all for another great #tchatBright.com
That was a fun first #tchat for me! Thanks guys! Hope to be back next week.Scott Williams
The #TChat community never disappoints! Thanks for another great chat – don’t forget, the #TChat stream is open 24/7. Keep sharing, people!TalentCulture
Thanks to all of you who participated in our discussion. We hope you walk away with great insight! I know I am! #tchatSusan Avello

Teams of Us, Them & You: #TChat Recap

Most businesses around the world are small. Small businesses generate most new jobs. Most full-time and part-time jobs exist at larger companies. And all in between is the continuing rise of the freelance nation.

Now, while many of us who participate regularly in the weekly #TChat Twitter Chat are unemployable freelance free spirits who wax poetically — and I say that with all due respect — I’d argue that most of those full-time and part-time jobs are on the job, meaning required to be in the office, in periodic collectives to individual desk time, most of the time.

My fellow free spirits may throw me statistics saying, “But look — more companies are open to telecommuting; more people are working from home!” Maybe. And maybe they’re working from home only one day a week, or every other week. Not a watershed moment in the progressive world of work history, but better than a stick in the eye, as my dad always says.

Keep in mind that when start-ups are building teams, most prefer to hire the core teams in their near vicinity to ensure a cultural gelling of sorts (not counting the development teams, which could be all over). And the rest of the corporate world really does want to see the white of their employees’ eyes, even if they have offices all over the world and do talk virtually to one another.

Back to us unemployable free spirits — that’s my name for those of us who would have a really tough time confined full-time or part-time to a 5′ x 5′ cubicle and a cold, gray metal desk, complete with locking cabinets stuffed with unusable stuff. Unemployable free spirits are the ones who challenge the status quo, who launch new, innovative ideas and businesses, and who help to generate new jobs. We’re the ones who move and school when it comes to changing the world of work, who convince business leaders to lighten up and embrace social media.

We’re the ones who help to inspire self-management and empowerment and working remotely, even autonomously when need be (and we do need be). We’re the ones who say employment brand and corporate brand are one and the same and should be treated as such.

We can’t have us without the other. The very nature of the 21st century bold entrepreneurial spirit has risen from the ashes of companies and jobs burned right down to the ground, while the interconnected global economics still pull painfully like a grand tug-of-war over a foggy moat of muck and misery. The teams of us and them and you run along the moat banks until we find the shortest distances across, finding common ground in reaching the other side, some semblance of progress.

It’s then that the connective hardware and software tissues of choice unite us all collaboratively, the fleeting phantom sinews that appear in the mist.

That’s when the magic happens.

Thank you for joining us, and check out the slide show below of yesterday’s chat. Your tweets lent insight into just what, exactly, it means to be on a team today — and it means a lot. If you missed the preview, click here. We’ll see you next week.

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#TChat INSIGHTS: The Teams of Us and Them and You

#TCHAT RECAP: THE TEAMS OF US AND THEM AND YOU

Storified by TalentCulture · Thu, Jun 14 2012 14:46:18

Hey #SHRM12 friends, we’d LOVE to hear from you at #TChat (http://su.pr/1FP6NA) at 7PM ET today! http://pic.twitter.com/Y14EbERaTalentCulture
#TChat Q1: Where do teams operate today: at work, elsewhere, or both?Rayanne
A1: Both! Technology allows teams to work from anywhere. One of our teams consists of folks in SF, Brazil, and the Philippines #tchatJoshua Barger
A1: Home & Virtual Offices, from Mobiles and Laptops, Starbucks to airports and Cubicle to Closed Doors. There is no longer a “norm” #tchatRayanne
A1. Highly effective teams operate at work and elsewhere. The key term there is “highly effective”. #TChatInsperity Careers
#Tchat A1 Teams operate in various places today. Workplace, remotely from home, coffee shop, library, really any place that has WIFI.Cyndy Trivella
A1: We work almost completely in the cloud. A few of us are geographically close, but can’t always meet in one place. #tchatBlogMutt
A1: #PinkPonies runs an L.A. based team via Google+ hangouts, Facebook, Pinterest and email… #3PChat #teams #Tchatprettypinkponies
@Ray_anne A1. Both! Location is evolving. It’s abt being able to get the work done and not so much where you are. #TchatAnita
#tchat A1 Teams are the medium through which all significant work occurs these days. To think big means to have a team perspective!Michael Leiter
#tchat a1: it’s a little of both. Better question – where don’t they operate!Michael Danubio
A1: I have two desktops, iPad, laptop & fully-loaded mobile device from which I work. My teams are as close as my internet connection #tchatRayanne
A1 Teams are very “customized” today ~ designed/created to work the best & at their best ~ whereever/however #tchatCASUDI
A1: I would say both, but each has its own specific rules. #TChatTom Bolt
A1: The Entire WORLD? #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A1 Effective teams work everywhere, not just at work. #tchatLouise DiCarlo
A1: I’d argue still more folk in the office, in person, then virtually elsewhere. #tchatKevin W. Grossman
Precisely! Great point +1 @mdanubio4: #tchat a1: its a little of both. Better question – where dont they operate! #TChatMeghan M. Biro
#Tchat A1 Being able to conduct business from anywhere is indicative of our society and how mobile we all are.Cyndy Trivella
A1: 24/7, offshore resources means around the clock work! #tchatPlatinum Resource
MT @cyndytrivella #Tchat A1 Teams operate in various places..Workplace, remotely from home, coffee shop, library..any place that has WIFI.Joe Sanchez
A1: My biggest problem (I’ve said this before): remembering where I saw a message: EM, Tw, FB, LI, IM, Text ??? So many ways to comm #tchatRayanne
A1: Teams seem to operate everywhere…depending on the “project” and “purpose” determines
how & how well they work. #TChatBarb Buckner
A1 From my days in healthcare, a mixture of in-house & remote teams; whole depts and/or project-based teams #TchatClaire Crossley
A1: Anywhere something great is happening #TChatJess ‘Babs’ Bahr
A1) Teams are everywhere. Virtual, office, wherever. Only requirement is working together towards common goal. #TchatKarleen Harp
#tchat. A1: Teams today are highly flexible and virtual….We adapt as far as technology will take us.Early Careerists
A1: With more virtual teams working on projects work and elsewhere are the same. #TChatTom Bolt
A1: With new flex schedules combined with technology teams today work anywhere at anytime. #tchatBeverly Davis
A1: I have colleagues in London and Sydney. Internet has sure helped these communications. #tchatRayanne
A1: Our teams collaborate online, in-person and separately. #3PChat #Tchatprettypinkponies
A1. Teams and teamwork are happening in all areas of work and professional lives. #tchatTerri Klass
A1: I attended University of Phoenix online and even there we had teams for out classes and projects! It was a requirement #TChatBarb Buckner
A1: A “regular office” is no longer the norm #tchatRayanne
A1. Teams are universal operations in the workplace & beyond & now form part of or compete with communities. #tchatSalima Nathoo
A1: In the office, remotely, coffee shops, via webex. Basically if you can connect ppl w/ some way to communicate, its there. #tchatEmilie Mecklenborg
A1: all is remote for my org ;-) #TChatStephen Van Vreede
#Tchat A1 As long as a people are given the means to communicate, most will.Cyndy Trivella
A1: Putting together an “elsewhere” virtual team means making special efforts to build relationships. #TChatTom Bolt
A1: We have teams all throughout the country, Canada, and Europe. But it takes a good culture to make it work #tchatAlere Wellbeing
#Tchat A1 The speed at which information flows requires us all to be nimble and agile to keep up.Cyndy Trivella
A1: Teams are everywhere that people are working together to make things better. Definitely not only in the office. #tchatBright.com
A1: I do think a lot of “us” – here now – are the growing exception to the in-office standard. #tchatKevin W. Grossman
A1. Don’t confuse teams with mere working groups. Teams have more focus and are cohesive. #tchatTerri Klass
A1: 12 years ago, initiated home-based call center agents nationwide, then added collocation facility #TchatStephen Van Vreede
Wise nuance here >> @gingerconsult: Its just a base these days @ray_anne: A1: A “regular office” is no longer the norm #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A1: Even brainstorming sessions are more prevelent these days…less info just passed on and more collaboration #TChatBarb Buckner
What’s regular anyway :-) @gingerconsult: @ray_anne: A1: A “regular office” is no longer the norm #tchatCASUDI
A1 As brick & mortar operations have decreased, virtual teams have increased. #tchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
A1: No more boundaries. Anywhere anytime #tchatHusamettin Erciyes
We want to hear more @ITtechExec: A1: 12 years ago, initiated home-based call center agents nationwide, added collocation facility #TChatMeghan M. Biro
#tchat A1: most recently I supported a team of 170 w ppl in US/Canada/Chile/China & JamaicaErin Hommeland
YES! And Yes @MRGottschalk: A1 As brick & mortar operations have decreased, virtual teams have increased. #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A1 Also – there are no definitive work hours anymore… Virtual is 24/7 #tchatLouise DiCarlo
I feel the same way! @CASUDI: Whats regular anyway :-) @gingerconsult: @ray_anne: A1: A “regular office” is no longer the norm #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A1: In today’s technological world teams can work from anywhere in the world! Only caveat is they have to still collaborate! #TChatPadma Mohanram
“@ITtechExec: A1: 12 years ago, initiated home-based call center agents nationwide, #Tchat” –> ahead of ur timeMichael Danubio
A1: Teams exist on their own, outside context of projects; ppl who belong to them yearn to work together again, someday. #TChatBrent Skinner
A1: Great tools — Act, CRM tools, clarity, deadlines, shared calendars, Smartsheet (project mgmt tool), etc… #3PChat #poniesGTD #Tchatprettypinkponies
A1: Make it a priority to *meet* and touch base 1-2x a week to make sure everyone is on the same page. #tchatEmilie Mecklenborg
regarding Teams: Q2: How do leaders lead when professional networks are more fluid than ever? #TchatRayanne
A1 Teams today have the opportunity to work form anywhere at anytime. Takes a bit more co-ordination but technology makes it possible #TChatLinda Jonas
#tchat A2 Professional boundaries dissolve in the face of teams that focus on impact rather than prof identity.Michael Leiter
A2. Leaders have to be able to adapt to the changing ways of business. Only those who can will be successful leaders. #TChatInsperity Careers
A2: Leaders must be in the conversation stream and there is a need for more transparency because there IS more transparency #tchatRayanne
A2: Leaders need to stay true to core principles and always be on a learning path to enhance their approach. #TChatJon M
A2: Leaders lead by being equally involved…just sitting back and observing doesn’t cut it anymore #TChatBarb Buckner
A2 Through influence & expertise, not title. Results are key #TChatJess ‘Babs’ Bahr
A2 The better you lead, the more fluid the team, need to check your ego at the door, guide & encourage them, let them take the credit #tchatLouise DiCarlo
#Tchat A2 Leaders need 2 lead by setting example. If leaders embrace & accept fluid workspace, direct reports will B quicker 2 adapt.Cyndy Trivella
A2: Leaders have to be flexible and open to using all forms of medium & communication to interact with the team. #tchatEmilie Mecklenborg
A2. Good question. How do they lead? Not too well, IMO. All these tools to communicate & still don’t use them well. #tchatSheree Van Vreede
A2: By hiring those who self-manage and take care of business. #tchatKevin W. Grossman
A2 We need to be inclusive in our leadership w/ fluid teams & networks; engage so remote people don’t feel “out of touch” #TchatClaire Crossley
A2: Leaders of fluid teams must stay informed and make sure that the communication is transparent to all. #TChatTom Bolt
A2: Employees/Team members need to feel “part of” – there are so many ways to get info now, that even more transparency is a must. #tchatRayanne
A2. Leaders who adapt with the technology are typically more successful. They understand the needs and are progressive. #TChatInsperity Careers
A2. Learn, engage, adopt & repeat. The learning process never ends and open communication should be the norm. #TchatAnita
A2. Leaders lead by cultivating trust and accountability amongst all team members. #tchatTerri Klass
A2 A2 Really puts the focus back on the basics – communication, project management and feedback. #tchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
A2) Just as def of “team” is changing, I think def of “team leadership” is shifting. Distributed/shared, more personal responsibility #tchatExpertus
A2: Consensus, clarity in communication, agreements, staying organized #Tchatprettypinkponies
+1 “@KevinWGrossman: A2: By hiring those who self-manage and take care of business. #tchat”Claire Crossley
A2 It takes v intuitive, self-motivated leader to lead a virtual ~ remote team + impeccable communication skills. #tchatCASUDI
A2: It is about leading with clarit
y, communication. In one job, my whole team was in another location. It does work! #TChatJon M
A2: Guidelines for comms are a must. Knowing the best way to share info for each particular team is imperative #tchatRayanne
MT @CyndyTrivella A2 Leaders need 2 lead by setting example. If leaders embrace fluid workspace, direct reports wil B quicker 2 adapt #tchatTalentCulture
#Tchat A2 Leaders need to stay current. Be informed, this inspires and promotes innovation regardless of where ppl are sitting.Cyndy Trivella
A2: Jump in and be involved. Chilling in the ivory tower doesn’t cut it anymore. #tchatRob McGahen
A2. Leaders also must lead with transparency and open sharing of information. #tchatTerri Klass
A2: Self-sufficient employees who can take initiative will need a leader who will compliment their strengths & help them grow. #tchatEmilie Mecklenborg
Absolutely @Ray_anne: A2: Guidelines for comms are a must. Knowing the best way to share info for each particular team is imperative #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A2: It is important to remember that “face-to-face” is still the best way to cement a team – though NOT the only way. #tchatRayanne
A2 I still think large quantities of face time F2F is the best communication #oldschool #TchatDave Ryan, SPHR
#Tchat. A2. Fluid networks are a benefit & tool for leaders. They must expand and utilize their network to succeed.Early Careerists
A2: Some things don’t change. One boss held status meetings to start the day and we were in the same bldg. Virtual = same #TChatTom Bolt
MT @ThinDifference: A2: It is about leading with clarity, communication. In one job, my whole team was in another location. It works! #tchatcfactor Works Inc.
A2) Treat each team member as equal, regardless of “rank” Every role is temporary. #TchatKarleen Harp
A2: A good tool for leaders is metrics. You will know the effort put into a project by the progress seen. #tchatBeverly Davis
A2: You can lead from afar…and be effective. You must master the art of communication and clarity of roles to teams #tchatJen Olney
A2: Leaders must “do as they say”. If they are not communicating, how will team be effective? #tchatRayanne
A2: Now we need new leaders unless they can adopt to current changes. #tchatHusamettin Erciyes
A2 – using tools like @Yammer can give leaders a voice across a global enterprise. Allows for more conversational back & forth. #TchatJodie Garrison
A2: Leaders must be consistent, dependable, flexible and more available to others’ varying schedules. #3PChat #Tchatprettypinkponies
A2) Leaders are able to be involved on a deep-level of understanding of how to steer a team to a certain goal relevant to the company #tchatDerek Tacconelli
A2: Frequent video and conference calls…occasional handshakes and coffee. #TChatTom Bolt
LOVE me the Y @jodiegg A2 using tools like @Yammer can give leaders a voice across a global enterprise. conversational back & forth. #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A2 Most importantly, leaders need to communicate expectations upfront. #TchatJoe Sanchez
#tchat A2 Respectful interactions among team members is essential 4 a free flow of sharing. Leaders can define this quality!Michael Leiter
#Tchat A2 Communication is KEY. Speak well and often regardless of the technology you choose. This will never change in business.Cyndy Trivella
@MeghanMBiro:@jodiegg A2 using tools like @Yammer can give leaders a voice across a global enterprise. conversational back & forth. #tchatCASUDI
#tchat a2: effectively delegatingErin Hommeland
A2. Leaders need to be great integrators of ideas and people. #tchatTerri Klass
! @ThinDifference: Respect! @workengagement: A2 Respectful interactions essential 4 a free flow of sharing. Leaders define quality! #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A2 New tools make new rules possible. Upside: less command/control req’d. Loosely-coupled & self-mgd teams can be effective/efficient #tchatExpertus
A2: Best way is to communicate and stay engaged regardless of technology used. #TChatPadma Mohanram
A2 Leaders must recognize that there is a premium on communications in fluid & virtual/remote professional networks. #TChatJoe Sanchez
A2: understanding your teams talent, who they are then communicating and directing them accordingly #tchatHusamettin Erciyes
A2: Leaders must insure that deliverables are met whether virtual or live. #TChatTom Bolt
*Reality Strikes* @TomBolt: A2: Leaders must insure that deliverables are met whether virtual or live. #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A2 Leaders can leverage video to inspire & share their vision with their people #TChatSean Charles
A2) Leaders have the ability to play to teammates’ strengths, boosting the group to larger than the sum of its parts #tchatDerek Tacconelli
#Tchat A2 Adaptation and open-mindedness is the name of the game.Cyndy Trivella
A2: #Leadership, remember: A dispersed, fluid team is a potentially distracted one. Interaction rules the day. #TChatBrent Skinner
Regarding TEAMS: Q3: The employee lifecycle is shorter now. How can leaders forge lasting relationships in this world of work? #tchatRayanne
A3. Leaders should stay in contact with their emps after they’ve left. It’s not just about emps networking with managers. #TChatInsperity Careers
A3: by making relationships based on context w/each other and not only w/work #TChatJess ‘Babs’ Bahr
Yes, I agree, Terri “@TerriKlass: A2. Leaders need to be great integrators of ideas and people. #tchat”Claire Crossley
#tchat A3 Effective leaders give their full attention to the conversation of the moment.Michael Leiter
A3 Create loyalty – make the workers feel valued!!! #tchatLouise DiCarlo
A3: Open communication, respect and recognition….the same reasons WHY the employee life cycle is shorter – those are missing #TChatBarb Buckner
A3 Business is still about people. Show appreciation. #tchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
A3. Acceleration Everything happens faster today. Do it faster & better #tchatDave Ryan, SPHR
A3. Have real conversations and create meaningful connections. Surface communication is so 1.0! #tchatSalima Nathoo
A3) Treat team members like customers. They could be some day. Stay in touch / positive even with rocky relationships. #TchatKarleen Harp
A3: Lasting relationships are a rare breed these days. Most employees do not stay longer than 2 years. #tchatRayanne
A3. Leaders need to stay in contact with people from organizations they left. Keep everyone posted as you move on. #tchatTerri Klass
A3: It’s all about gaming and incentivizing. Make your employees feel like they’re apart of something bigger. #tchatBlogMutt
A3: Don’t try to make relationships last, just let them. Encourage cooperation on common goals and it should happen naturally. #TChatTom Bolt
A3: Like all good business, keep your customers coming back for more. #tchatKevin W. Grossman
A3) Latch on with laser focus #tchatDerek Tacconelli
A3: Good technology, adequate support resources and professional development opportunities #tchatKathy Herndon, GPHR
A3 Winning & making a difference is the glue that holds any team together ~ same w remote/virtual team. #tchatCASUDI
A3 Forging rel shouldn’t change: listening, authenticity, not burning bridges. Same for employees. Could work together down the road #tchatFaronics HR
#tchat A3 Considering the full person, not just the current role, builds a long term relationship at work Michael Leiter
A3: Those that are shown respect will stay in touch and continue to help if they can…think referrals #TChatBarb Buckner
A3 Support teams via con’t pro
f development & create opportunities so ee’s can *shine* Strategies shouldn’t end once recruited #TchatClaire Crossley
A3: There is a definitive need to instill devotion/loyalty in employees. Must come from employer/boss #tchatRayanne
A3: Leaders build with trust and honesty that creates a lasting bond no matter the cycle of the engagement w/the org #tchatJen Olney
#tchat a3: take an interest and connect on a personal levelMichael Danubio
A3: Respect is reciprocal and speaks well of the co/org and its leadership. THIS drives retention #tchatRayanne
A3 Leaders should listen, empower, be flexible, reward and recognise. If you are an integral part, it’s harder to leave a company #TChatLinda Jonas
A3: If they want more loyal employees, they must be willing to meet them halfway. #tchatRob McGahen
A3. When we serve others with respect, they will always be part of our professional life. #tchatTerri Klass
#tchat A3: Connect personally. Provide challenging work. Remove barriers. Care!Early Careerists
Two-way street? @Ray_anne: A3: There is a definitive need to instill devotion/loyalty in employees. Must come from employer/boss #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A3: Don’t burn bridges! #tchatRob McGahen
A3: If you pay attention, those relationships are already forged among your employees…leaders need to learn how to do the same now #TChatBarb Buckner
Yes! MT @ClaireSMBB: A3 Support teams via cont prof development; Strategies shouldnt end once recruited #TChatJess ‘Babs’ Bahr
#Tchat A3 At the end of the day, leadership can take place anywhere IF executed correctly.Cyndy Trivella
How so? Nuance? I like @TerriKlass: A3. When we serve others with respect, they will always be part of our professional life. #TChatMeghan M. Biro
+10 MRT @BarbBuckner: A3: those relationships are already forged among your employees…leaders need to learn how to do the same now #tchatSalima Nathoo
A3 Sometimes I think we make things too complicated. We know what engages employees – just do it. #tchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
A3: Last week’s #tchat was all about loyalty & trust. Those same ideas exist here. Commitment and loyalty must be nurtured – ongoing #tchatRayanne
A2) But new team tools, models & methods gain value w/ leadership: set vision/strategy, integrate, facilitate, provision, empower #tchatExpertus
A3: One of the main reasons people leave orgs are because of leaders. They need to build more meaningful / mentoring relationships #tchatJoshua Barger
A3: Building a lasting relationship with any team is based on the same things; fair pay, having a voice and growth opportunities. #tchatBeverly Davis
A3. Always lead with integrity and care for others. That will create long lasting relationships. #tchatTerri Klass
A3: Make it a priority to share your vision & give direct feedback daily to your employees #TChatSean Charles
@Ray_anne A3: Focusing on talents can help an employee realize your appreciation of their contribution. Everyone loves appreciation! #TChatMike Hopkins
A3: This nurturing is an ongoing process, not a one-shot deal. Must continue throughout the life of the company #tchatRayanne
A3: Know when to use the carrot, the stick, a short leash and no leash. It takes a combination of skills. #Tchatprettypinkponies
A3. Create transparency within the company and build on relationships. Apply the P2P (people-people) principle internally to succeed #TchatAnita
A3 To the extent possible, provide opptys for distributed workforce to physically meet & socialize. Show you care. #TchatJoe Sanchez
A3: Know your team well by observing and listening.
Respect their opinions and appreciate. Realize that there is no “I” in the “team” #TChatPadma Mohanram
A3: Focus on the team’s goals — not your own. #BeALeader #Tchatprettypinkponies
+1 “@SocialMediaSean: A3: Make it a priority to share your vision & give direct feedback daily to your employees #TChat”Claire Crossley
A3: Meeting the changing needs of the employee is a good idea. Flexibility in hours and where they work are good ideas #tchatRayanne
Absolutely! RT @BrightJobs: A4: Make a real connection, sincerity from leadership is what every employee is looking for. #TChatPadma Mohanram
A3: Makean effort to understand what motivates each member of your team. #Tchatprettypinkponies
Everyone motivates differently! MT @prettypinkpro A3 Know when to use the carrot, stick, short/no leash; takes a combo of skills. #TChatJess ‘Babs’ Bahr
A3: Fire people with poor behavior quickly to keep your focus on the most valuable & engaged employees #TChatSean Charles
A3: This might be excessively tactical, but they can do so by connecting with them in professional circles outside the org. #TChatBrent Skinner
A3. The most important thing a leader can do is grow new leaders. #tchatTerri Klass
+ 3 Absolutely @TerriKlass: A3. The most important thing a leader can do is grow new leaders. #TChatMeghan M. Biro
@rezlady I’ve had a ongoing discussion about instilling/creating/inspiring/managing self motivation > 4 virtual teams A3 #tchatCASUDI
A4: Alignment of vision and goals is imperative as the workplace becomes more intangible. #tchatRayanne
A4. Technology is allows us to balance our work/personal life. We choose when we collaborate and how often. #TChatInsperity Careers
A4: The company must have a desirable culture and a certain camaraderie is good for the employee, which is good for biz #tchatRayanne
A4: Make a real connection, sincerity from leadership is what every employee is looking for. #tchatBright.com
A4: Anyone ever heard of the telephone? #tchatSteve Levy
A4. Technology allows us to collaborate on our own time. You don’t have to wait until the next day to share your ideas. #TChatInsperity Careers
RT @Ray_anne A4: The company must have a desirable culture and a certain camaraderie is good for the employee, which is good for biz #tchatTalentCulture
RT @levyrecruits: A4: Anyone ever heard of the telephone? #tchatDave Ryan, SPHR
A4: Teambuilding events and all-hands company meetings are great for re-establishing bonds and energy. #tchatRayanne
A4 Through developing relationships that transverse the workplace #TChatJess ‘Babs’ Bahr
A4: The teammates must first have a relationship with each other to WANT to engage in/out of the workplace #TChatBarb Buckner
Is that an Apple product? RT @levyrecruits: A4: Anyone ever heard of the telephone? #tchatRichard S Pearson
What planet are you tuning in from? Hello my friend @levyrecruits: A4: Anyone ever heard of the telephone? #TChatMeghan M. Biro
Gr8! RT @JessaBahr: A4 Through developing relationships that transverse the workplace #tchatTerri Klass
A4 Teammates have to take responsibility for their own engagement. Take on new responsibilities, take breaks, have fun! #tchatLouise DiCarlo
A4: Clarity of purpose equals engaged teammates. Purpose of daily actions and how it all fits together over time. #TChatJon M
A4: My company has an All Hands Meeting every Friday 9am w/ virtual employees on speaker phone. #tchatRayanne
A4: Your connective hardware and software tissues of choice. #tchatKevin W. Grossman
RT @JessaBahr: A4 Through developing relationships that transverse the workplace #Tchatprettypinkponies
RT @Ray_anne: A4: Teambuilding events & all-hands company meetings are great for re-establishing bonds and energy. – so simple & true #tchatPlatinum Resource
#Tchat A4 If ppl work remotely, they need to make a point of keeping in contact with their team everyday. No one well works in a vacuum.Cyndy Trivella
RT @Ray_anne:A4: The company must have a desirable culture and a certain camaraderie is good for the employee, which is good for biz #tchatJumpstart HR
True. RT @BarbBuckner: A4: The teammates must first have a relationship with each other to WANT to engage in/out of the workplace #tchatKevin W. Grossman
Definitely needed RT @Ray_anne: A4: Teambuilding events and all-hands company meetings are great for re-establishing bonds and energy #tchatRichard S Pearson
A4: Culture has to be border-less #tchatJen Olney
A4 Should be team focus too, in addition to leadership, everyone plays a part in making sure colleagues feel engaged #TchatClaire Crossley
A4: Companies have to remember to allow employee the space to have their personal lives too…don’t expect them consumed 24/7 #TChatBarb Buckner
RT @BarbBuckner A4: The teammates must first have a relationship with each other to WANT to engage in/out of the workplace #tchatTalentCulture
A4: Obvious answers such as text, phone calls, twitter, etc… #tchatRob McGahen
A4: they can stay engaged via Facebook ;-) #TChatStephen Van Vreede
RT @Ray_anne: A4: Teambuilding events and all-hands company meetings are great for re-establishing bonds and energy. #tchatKevin W. Grossman
A4 In the old days we only had phone/fax NOW the tools of communication are our oyster……sounds funny but U know what I mean:-) #tchatCASUDI
A4: make sure to meter out rewards, competitions, to build up morale and create excitement. Yes I said it, excitement at work! #tchatPlatinum Resource
The skinny: RT @KevinWGrossman: A4: Your connective hardware and software tissues of choice. #tchatcfactor Works Inc.
A4: RE: Company Mtgs – opportunity to share news good and bad that may affect everyone. We also say thanks and good job #tchatRayanne
A4: Not so obvious answers such as knowing the schedule, knowing who you need to communicate with and remain focused! #tchatRob McGahen
THIS-> MRT @joshinhr A3 One of main reasons ppl leave orgs b/c of leaders. They need 2 build meaningful / mentoring relationships #tchat Brent Skinner
Which platform do you use? @Ray_anne: A4: My company has an All Hands Meeting every Friday 9am w/ virtual employees on speaker phone. #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A4: Camaraderie is fantastic, however, leaders need to be aware of the line and not to cross it – they are leaders, not friends. #tchatJoshua Barger
A4. Must develop “check-in” times and use lots of listening to really understand what’s important. #tchatTerri Klass
Indeed. RT @gingerconsult: A4: Culture has to be border-less #tchatKevin W. Grossman
TRUE RT@Ray_anne: A4: The company must have a desirable culture & a certain camaraderie is good 4 the employee, which is good 4 biz #tchatCASUDI
A4: Virtual employees must be included. Very few are solely self-motivating. #tchat Plus, it can be lonely :-/Rayanne
A4:Internal & external social networks are awesome to keep connected. #TChatSean Charles
A4: You need to have realistic goals for your team with an open communication then you don’t need much to engage them #tchatHusamettin Erciyes
RT @TerriKlass A4. Must develop “check-in” times and use lots of listening to really understand what’s important. #tchatTalentCulture
A4 A mistake some people make is ALWAYS trying to be availalbe – doesn’t work #worklifebalance #fail #tchatDave Ryan, SPHR
A4. Personal bonding is important. If meeting in person is possible – do it. Rewarding the team & members is impo for engagement. #TchatAnita
Any favorites? @SocialMediaSean: A4:Internal & external social networks are awesome to keep connected. #TChatMeghan M. Biro

We do the same on Video and Adobe Connect. people love it. RT @ray_anne: A4: My company has an All Hands Meeting every Friday #tchatBill Cushard
Yes, conveyed in culture & environment RT @KevinWGrossman: Indeed. RT @gingerconsult: A4: Culture has to be border-less #tchatEmilie Mecklenborg
#TChat A4: maintain engagement by creating opportunities for people to learn about each other WHILE working = less loss of timeLynette Patterson
MRT @Ray_anne: A3: previous #tchat all about loyalty & trust. Same ideas exist here. Commitment & loyalty must be nurtured – ongoing #tchatBrent Skinner
RT @KevinWGrossman: A4: Your connective hardware and software tissues of choice. #tchatTalentCulture
Leaders can’t be freinds? MT @JoshInHR: A4 leaders need to be aware of the line and not to cross it – they are leaders, not friends. #TChatJess ‘Babs’ Bahr
A4. Maintain a transparent form of communication and never keep anyone in the dark. #tchatTerri Klass
RT @Ray_anne: A4: Virtual employees must be included. Very few are solely self-motivating. #tchat Plus, it can be lonely :-/ #Tchatprettypinkponies
A4: Videoconferencing – face time is so valuable #tchatKathy Herndon, GPHR
A4. Teams who are clear on WHY they are *choosing” to collaborate can better seamlessly engage in any space #tchatSalima Nathoo
#tchat. A4: A common bond! I.e. mission, vision. This unites people!Early Careerists
MRT @beverly_davis: A3: Building lasting relationship w/any team based on same things; fair pay, having voice & growth opportunities. #tchatBrent Skinner
Well said! RT @TalentCulture: RT @KevinWGrossman: A4: Your connective hardware and software tissues of choice. #tchatTerri Klass
RT @kathyherndon: A4: Videoconferencing – face time is so valuable #tchatDerek Tacconelli
RT @socialmediasean: A4:Internal & external social networks are awesome to keep connected. #TChatFaronics HR
RT @@SocialMediaSean A4:Internal & external social networks are awesome to keep connected. #tchat TalentCulture
#tchat A4: high quality ppl will stay engaged if the plan is clear, and they know what is expected.Erin Hommeland
F2F invaluable> RT@kathyherndon: A4: Videoconferencing – face time is so valuable #tchatCASUDI
RT @prettypinkpro: @Ray_anne: A4: Virtual employees must be included. Very few are solely self-motivating Plus, it can be lonely :-/ #tchatPlatinum Resource
IRL Deepens relationships. Zero question. @kathyherndon: A4: Videoconferencing – face time is so valuable #TChatMeghan M. Biro
RT @EHommeland: #tchat A4: high quality ppl will stay engaged if the plan is clear, and they know what is expected. #tchatEmilie Mecklenborg
MT @anitaloomba A4 Personal bonding imprtnt. If meeting in person is possible – do it. Reward team & members is impo for engagemnt. #TchatJoe Sanchez
A4. Open, frequent communication and user friendly technology #tchat @Ray_anneGarret Meikle
MRT @brentskinner: @beverly_davis: A3: Build lasting relationship w/ team based on fair pay, having voice & growth opportunities. #tchatPlatinum Resource
A4) Via message boards and telegraph. Smoke signals and carrier pigeons. #tchatDerek Tacconelli
RT @FaronicsHR: RT @socialmediasean: A4:Internal & external social networks are awesome to keep connected. #TChatSMS Social HR
@Ray_anne A4: Stay connected on Facebook and other social media channels to keep up with “water cooler” news remotely #tchatWork4 Labs
A4: You have to have a reliable plan of communication for distance teams. You cannot connect w/o “connection” #tchat Jen Olney
RT @sanchezjb: MT @anitaloomba A4 Personal bonding imprtnt. If meeting in person is possible do it. Reward team & members #tchatTerri Klass
Again, metrics are key! @husamerciyes @tombolt @cyndytrivella A4 “realistic goals” & “open communication” + metrics = engaged #tchatJodie Garrison
RT @MeghanMBiro: IRL Deepens relationships. Zero question. @kathyherndon: A4: Videoconferencing – face time is so valuable #TChatRob McGahen
#tchat A4: impt to to recognize not all ppl WANT to socialize/engage “out” of work. They are still productive and shouldn’t be “punished”Erin Hommeland
RT @DerekTac: A4) Via message boards and telegraph. Smoke signals and carrier pigeons. #tchatTerri Klass
RT @garretmeikle: A4. Open, frequent communication and user friendly technology #tchat @Ray_anneJen Olney
MT @CzarinaofHR A4 To have engaged team, leader must 1st succeed @ balancing individual needs of team members w/ the needs of team #TChatTalentCulture
Snail mail, blimps..RT @DerekTac: A4) Via message boards and telegraph. Smoke signals and carrier pigeons. #tchatPlatinum Resource
Sounds like my last gig :) RT @terriklass: RT @DerekTac: A4) Via message boards and telegraph. Smoke signals and carrier pigeons. #tchatJen Olney
RT @gingerconsult A4: You have to have a reliable plan of communication for distance teams. You cannot connect w/o “connection” #tchatTalentCulture
RT @EmilieMeck: RT @EHommeland: #tchat A4: high quality ppl will stay engaged if the plan is clear, and they know what is expected. #tchatPatty Swisher
Hmm…how old school is TOO old school…RT @DerekTac: A4) Via message boards and telegraph. Smoke signals and carrier pigeons. #tchatTalentCulture
Fax :D RT @PRGWest: Snail mail, blimps..RT @DerekTac: A4) Via message boards and telegraph. Smoke signals and carrier pigeons. #tchatDerek Tacconelli
Whatever it takes > RT@DerekTac: A4) Via message boards and telegraph. Smoke signals and carrier pigeons. #tchatCASUDI
A4 – weekly group hugs? #tchatTim Baker, CHRP
RT @TalentCulture: MT @CzarinaofHR A4 To have engaged team, leader must 1st succeed @ balancing individual needs w/ the needs of team #tchatTerri Klass
+1 RT @gingerconsult A4: You have to have a reliable plan of communication for distance teams. You cannot connect w/o “connection” #tchat -Anita
RT @gingerconsult: RT @garretmeikle: A4. Open, frequent communication and user friendly technology #tchat @Ray_anneRayanne
A4: C level / leadership must first show their engagement and be transparent in & out of the workplace #tchatAlfredo Arcieri
A ha ha. Yes? +1 @TimBakerHR: A4 – weekly group hugs? #TChatMeghan M. Biro
Must be 100% germ free, of course! RT @TimBakerHR A4 – weekly group hugs? #tchatTalentCulture
Not if you’re FB snob! RT @ITtechExec: A4: they can stay engaged via Facebook ;-) #TChatSheree Van Vreede
A4 Some people just love fax machines. What can we do to get them off those clunkers? #tchatDerek Tacconelli
AND Regarding TEAMS, in and out of the office: Q5: Where & what is technology’s impact in all this? #TChatRayanne
Yep I’ve been on hi-perf teams w/o fuzzy stuff: RT @BarbBuckner A4 Teammates must have relationships to WANT to engage in/out of work #tchatExpertus
RT @MeghanMBiro: A ha ha. Yes? +1 @TimBakerHR: A4 – weekly group hugs? #TChatBlogMutt
A5: Whew! Tech? the impact is HUGE. Imagine your worklife today if there were no internet… #tchatRayanne
A5. Technology opens to door to virtual communication and connects all the team members. #tchatTerri Klass
#Tchat A5 Technology is major player in how we communicate, do business & interact with ppl. Embrace technology wisely & it’s your friend.Cyndy Trivella
A5. Technology is making it easier for teams to collaborate on their own time. when they feel influenced. #TChatInsperity Careers
A5 – real time communication when not together – just ensure context comes throug #tchatTim Baker, CHRP
A5 – technology makes it instant communication – no more waiting for a call back –
everyone is 24/7 connected now! #tchatRichard S Pearson
A5 Technology enables us to connect in real-time; tools like Skype can facilitate team engagement from anywhere #TchatClaire Crossley
A5: Allows for frequent & effective communication w/out the barriers of location & schedule conflicts. #Tchat @TalentCulture @Ray_anneprettypinkponies
A5: Technology’s impact depends on what you use, why you use it and how… don’t just “use” something if its not going to fit #TChatBarb Buckner
A5: Again with the connective hardware and software tissues of choice. ;) #tchatKevin W. Grossman
A5 Technology has made it a bigger and smaller playing work field – all at once. #tchatLouise DiCarlo
A5: Tech can help, but its not the whole solution, its always about people! @Ray_anne: #TChatLynette Patterson
A5. Technology can help a team feel that they are seated beside one another even if they are miles apart. #tchatTerri Klass
A5: It’s everywhere! Teams can be available anywhere, 24×7, and not have to rush into the office in the middle of the night #tchatJoshua Barger
A5: Technology dissolves borders and makes connecting easy. People are a phone call, keyboard click, away. #tchatEmilie Mecklenborg
@Ray_anne A5: Technology is crucial for keeping geographically untethered team members tethered to each other #tchatWork4 Labs
#tchat. A5: Pretend technology stopped today. Visualize the impact…Its vital!Early Careerists
A5: Allows for frequent & effective communication w/out the barriers of location & schedule conflicts. #3PCconnect #3PChat #Tchatprettypinkponies
A5: Technology that includes project mgmt tools, EM, IM, internet, CRMs, soooo much has changed over last 10 yrs. #tchatRayanne
#TChat A5 – Tech makes it easier to stay connected, up to date. As we all know recruiting moves fast.Michael!
A5: Technology serves as the platform. Salesforce, SharePoint are great examples as well as Google + Hangouts and Skype #tchatJen Olney
A5: It keeps us connected over long distances. But stay relevant, technology gets old quick! #tchatRob McGahen
A5: I love technology and how it has changed my job. Actually, I changed jobs because of tech. #tchatRayanne
A5: First of all, we wouldn’t have #tchatPlatinum Resource
A5 Technology and handy tools can enhance collaboration, communication & engagement but they’re only as good as the user behind them #TChatLinda Jonas
A5 – can you young ones imagine snail mailing a letter, waiting for a snail mail reply before a decision could be made!!!! #tchatRichard S Pearson
A5: Companies must recognize the need for speed of change or they will get left behind. #Innovation #tchatRayanne
A5. Technology has made the world “flat” so we can touch one another easily. #tchatTerri Klass
A5: Technology can be an asset and a hinderance….use it well but don’t become completely dependable #TChatBarb Buckner
A5 Good project management software would still be a focus. I think Jostle has a team update capability. #tchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
A5: Again, imagine no internet as part of your work #tchatRayanne
#TChat A5 – Tech lets us be proactive much quicker. Social Media tech has “reintroduced human factor” back into overall tech advancementMichael!
A5 – tech. makes it possible to nip misunderstandings in the bud. Solve problems before they mushroom into something big! #tchat Richard S Pearson
A5. Technology has a big impact. It makes/breaks the success of a virtual team. #tchatAnita
A5: Two words: Big Data – people can leverage information in ways we couldn’t 5 years ago. #tchatJoshua Barger
A5: Email tends to be too ineffective for some to use, better is a phone call or F2F via skype if the message is sensitive #tchatJen Olney
A5: Technology has given many of us the gift of mobility for work & play #tchatSean Charles
A5: Without tech, the “traditional” business model remains supreme. And that’s just boring. #tchatBlogMutt
A5 technology is a blessing and a curse; anyone really feel good about receiving an electronic handshake? #tchatSteve Levy
A5: Tech great enabler, but shldnt replace fundamentals #TchatStephen Van Vreede
A5: without the technology we wouldn’t even be having this discussion #TChatSylvia Dahlby
A5: Technology has made it possible to pay for only the work you want done and not another employee. #tchatBeverly Davis
#TChat A5 – tech allows us to engage candidate in many new avenues, often breaking down communication barriers (generational &/or cultural)Michael!
A5 Technology has an impact on multiple levels and enabled enormous gains in efficiencies #tchat @Ray_anneGarret Meikle
A5: Technology is a powerful tool, but it has to be (a) used and (b) understood how to be used #TChatJess ‘Babs’ Bahr
A5. Technology is great but don’t forget about the phone sometimes. #tchatTerri Klass
A5 Technology is KEY ~ NO, PEOPLE using technology is KEY #tchatCASUDI
A5: Technology has made us available 24/7 but has also helped us forget how to “disconnect” from time to time…teams need breaks too #TChatBarb Buckner
A5: Technology has given many of us the gift of mobility for work & play #tchatSMS Social HR
A5: The ineffective #leader today is exposed as such much faster, and it’s b/c of #tech. #TChatBrent Skinner
A5 tech isn’t a cure for bad culture or comm; as an early adopter of social media b4 it was called SM, I now focus on high touch #tchatSteve Levy
Absolutely!! “@CASUDI: A5 Technology is KEY ~ NO, PEOPLE using technology is KEY #tchat”Claire Crossley
A5: technology allows companies to discover customer’s needs and provide a solution that could be implemented instantly #tchatAlfredo Arcieri
#TChat – A5 – Technology is great, however need to remember human interaction basics to use it successfully when dealing with people.Michael!
Yes! MT @levyrecruits A5 tech isnt a cure for bad culture/comm; as an early adopter of social media, I now focus on high touch #TChatJess ‘Babs’ Bahr
A5: Preponderance of #tech leaves #leaders & #teammates w/nary an excuse for bad #leadership or bad #teamwork. #TChatBrent Skinner
A5 Tech can enhance and reinforce what a leader has already developed. Not a “dirty” word. #tchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
#Tchat A5 Technology changed the face of biz. Some good things & some bad. Personal interaction suffers, so we need 2 work hard 2 maintain.Cyndy Trivella
A5: And don’t forget that tech for tech sake can overcomplicate a simple task. Tech not always most efficient. #TChatTom Bolt
A5: Levy is right tech is not the be all end all. It can destroy life outside of work if you let it – needs to be turned off at times #tchatRichard S Pearson
A5: Tech has opened up many great opportunities for biz…but also opened more opportunities for error…must stay engaged! #tchatTim Baker, CHRP
A5: Just ask @Oracle about importance of evolving tech with their new #oraclecloud social enterprise solution #TChatSean Charles
A5. Technology has unfortunately deleted a work/life balance. #tchatTerri Klass
Very important @TomBolt: A5: And dont forget that tech for tech sake can overcomplicate a simple task Tech not always most efficient. #TChatJess ‘Babs’ Bahr
#tchat A5: I say this a lot but it bears repeating: Technology is a tool and is only as good as the person using it.Erin Hommeland
A5: Technology allows workers in Brazil to get paid overtime to check email after hours #TChatSean Charles
A5 As w/team processes, must choose tools that fit tasks/players/envionment. Not always easy in a fluid, diverse world w/many choices #tchatExpertus
#TChat A5 – Tech is a great way to be introduced to someone. whenever possible, face to face meeting is still the bestMichael!
A5: biggest threat to successful technology adoption is doing too much at once. Manage change #tchatAlfredo Arcieri
Just ‘cuz we feel like it, another huge THANK YOU to the entire #TChat community! #socbiz #leadership http://pic.twitter.com/DJZV3Iw1TalentCulture

Business, Fairness Need Not Apply: #TChat Recap

The diversity perception is much different in practice. The reality is, we discriminate; we stink at giving folks a fair shake, especially when they’re not familiar.

Many of us in the world of work try to be fair, try not to choose one applicant or an internal candidate over another because of attractiveness, ethnicity, religious affiliation, physical capacity and many other attributes, including innovative like-mindedness, which isn’t the same as diversity of thought.

But we prefer the attractive familiar, however subjective, both physically and mentally.

According to a new study by a team of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston University and Proctor & Gamble, makeup makes women appear more attractive and competent.

“The research reveals that when viewers saw a female face for 250 milliseconds, women who wore color cosmetics rated more highly in the categories of attractiveness, competence, likability and trustworthiness. However, when participants were allowed to look at the faces for a longer period of time, while the ratings for competence and attractiveness stayed the same, the ratings for likability and trustworthiness changed based on specific makeup looks.”

Yep, we’re superficial like that. The heroines are pretty and competent and the villains are ugly and incompetent.

Sarah Palin is hot, but Hillary Clinton is not. Right?

Psychological theory suggests that we often rely on the recognition heuristic, choosing the option that we recognize over the one we don’t. If we interview two job applicants, one of which is more similar to us physically and mentally, that applicant will usually get the edge.

Personally, I’ve tried to break through that practice in previous hiring incarnations. I would like to think that I’ve hired based on quality of fit, not familiarity. Maybe I have at times. I hope so. If you and you organization feel that you’ve broken the discrimination barrier, then show us your diverse employed huddled masses on your career sites, not stock photos of airbrushed pretty models wearing makeup.

On the other hand, while I’m all about the best talent working for me, regardless of background, businesses aren’t social programs and shouldn’t be treated as such. In fact, the best business leaders could give a hoot about tolerance and diversity when they want their folks to be the very best they can be — for the themselves and the business.

Encouraging diversity of thought for driving innovation and growth regardless of background should be the best practice, but fairness need not apply. Get the edge by becoming familiar with the unfamiliar, if there’s a quality of hire fit.

We appreciate everyone who tackled a difficult topic with us in 140 characters! We appreciate our talent community. Each of you for you.

1)      Does diversity still matter in the new world of work?  Should it? 

2)      What are some of the benefits of building and maintaining a diverse workforce?

3)      What are some of the biggest misconceptions or myths surrounding diversity & inclusion?

4)      Who should be responsible for driving diversity in an organization?

5)      What does a diverse workforce look like?  How can its business impact be measured?

6)      What’s the future of diversity?  How do you see attitudes or approaches evolving over the next 10 years?

The #TChat Twitter chat and #TChat Radio are created and hosted by @MeghanMBiro @KevinWGrossman and powered by our partners @TalentCulture @Monster_WORKS @MonsterCareers @HRmarketer @Focus and our community.

 

Zero Unemployment and the War for Talent: #TChat Preview

Originally Published by Matt Charney on MonsterThinking

There’s nothing better than the feeling of an accepted offer for a recruiter (or for a candidate), one that overwhelmingly and resoundingly answers that question: “Would you consider an opportunity if it was clearly better than the job you have today?”

Every job offer employers make is a promise – and the motivations for saying ‘yes,’ conversely, are driven by the desire to have one’s promise fulfilled. That’s why those of us charged with talent acquisition and retention are required to make a compact, explicit or implicit, with candidates that, within our control and knowledge, the job is a promise that can be kept.

Our personal and employment brands depend on it. And so, too, does Monster’s. To quote an ad we recently ran in the Wall Street Journal, for us, “every day is labor day.” Finding a new job or a new candidate requires a life decision that’s built on trust – and forming that relationship over the weeks and months required for the hiring process to play out is really what recruiting is about, after all.

Over the past few months, we’ve built a similar relationship with the #TChat community – and we’re proud to be a part of a conversation where job seekers, social media makers, industry leaders and talent influencers intersect.

It’s created a conversation in an often superfluous noise of tweets, and transformed a hashtag into a community dedicated to the big picture questions – and short term, actionable solutions – which affect both those currently working and those looking for work.

Which is pretty much all of us. And whether you’re a job seeker, or employer, you’re a Monster customer. And we’re listening.

So we hope you can join co-hosts @meghanmbiro @talentculture @kevinwgrossman and guest moderator Jessica Miller-Merrill (@blogging4jobs), whose post inspired this week’s #TChat topic:

 Zero Unemployment & The War for Talent

#TChat Questions & Recommended Reading (09.07.11)

Here are questions we’ll be discussing, along with some related posts that, while not required, will help prepare, and inform, your participation in the #TChat conversation. Make your voice heard tonight, Wednesday, September 7 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT.

We hope you can join us we discuss the current and future employment picture and what organizations and talent can do to help get America back to work for the generations of today – and tomorrow.

Q1. Is zero unemployment possible? If so, what would be the major repercussions?

Read: War for Talent & Zero Unemployment by Jessica Miller-Merrill

Q2. Is job search broken? If so, what can be done to fix it?

Read: 7 Personal Tune Ups for Tough Times by Mike Brown

Q3. Do recruiters and employers make the hiring process too complex? If so, how?

Read: Does Your Hiring Process Sentence Applicants to Hard Labor? by Jon Picoult

Q4. Looking at the job market today, do you see a jobs crisis or a war for talent?

Read: The Truth About Employment by John Sumser

Q5. What’s your advice on job creation (in 140 characters or less?)

Read: We Need More Clock-Punchers by Charlie Judy

Q6. What will the (job outlook) look like for Generation Z? Better or bleak? Why?

Read: Career Activism: The Non-Generational Talent of Workers by Peter Weddle

Let us know what you think!

Why You're Always the Interviewee and Never Hired

I just finished interviewing potential hires for two open positions at my company, and I was reminded why I founded Come Recommended in the first place.

Back in 2009 when Come Recommended launched, it was a professional networking site for internship and entry-level job candidates and employers. But in order to gain access to the community, all members (including employers) had to “come recommended.”

Our technology allowed potential members to send recommendation invites, which brought recommenders to a page that first asked for their relationship to the candidate or employer and then provided a specific set of questions depending on that relationship. Unlike LinkedIn, Come Recommended members couldn’t choose whether or not to show these recommendations…they immediately appeared on the member’s profile after the recommender hit Submit. Once a member had three recommendations (good or bad), they were granted full access to Come Recommended’s online community.

Why all the trouble just to get into a networking site? Because I was fed up with the exact reason I’m writing this post today: Candidates often look great on paper, only to disappoint majorly at some point during the hiring process. Even though Come Recommended is now a content marketing and digital PR consultancy (I know, complete change of direction), I still find myself butting heads with this issue.

I am convinced — as I have been for a long time — that many more people would be employed if they just took a closer look at what they might be doing “wrong” during their job search.

Instead, they get angry and blame employers and hiring managers for their troubles. Don’t get me wrong, there are way too many companies out there looking for the “perfect” candidate they will never find. But you need to take control of your job search — your career — if you ever hope to be happily employed. And that might even mean paying someone (oh, the horror!) to help you perfect your application materials and hone your job searching skills. Believe it or not, career coaches and resume writers exist to help you — and have valuable skills worth paying for.

I wish I was wrong, I really do. I wish candidates that truly weren’t a good fit for my position looked just as bad on paper as they do during the interview process. Trust me, it would save me a lot of valuable time. Unfortunately, that’s just not the case. And that’s not to say these folks aren’t a great fit for some other position out there — they very likely are — but not mine, which is my primary concern.

For one of the two positions I had open, I interviewed approximately 25 people — and had zero problem narrowing the list down to three after interviewing everyone. By their experience on paper (or in this case, their LinkedIn profiles), all 25 should have made excellent hires for this particular position. Why didn’t they? Here are just a few examples:

  • Nervous laughing: I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and call it nervous laughing, although one candidate was laughing so hard during the entire interview that I thought I was being punked on a radio show.
  • Going for a world “you know” record: How many times can someone say “you know” in the same sentence? Six, apparently. In. The. Same. Sentence!
  • Disliking a virtual working environment: One of the questions I ask candidates is what they liked most and what they liked least about their previous positions. One candidate told me she disliked working in a virtual (sometimes called remote or telecommute) environment…which Come Recommended happens to be. (This is made clear in all our job ads.)
  • Calling from a rave: Not one, but two candidates I interviewed had loud music and conversations going on in the background of their interviews. While I can’t confirm they were clubbing, it sure sounded like it.
  • Putting me on hold: Yes, that’s right, one candidate put me on hold for a while to confer with someone else in the room before answering a question.
  • Telling me your life story: The first question I ask candidates is the ol’ “tell me about yourself.” Your answer to this question should be anywhere from 30-90 seconds. Two candidates took 30 minutes (yes, minutes) to respond.
  • Never leaving your script: I have a feeling one candidate got a hold of my full list of interview questions from another candidate…because she stopped me at one point and told me I “missed one” that she really wanted to answer. She proceeded to tell me what the question was and clearly read her answer to it from a piece of paper.
  • Not truly wanting to work for my company: Nothing gets my attention more than a candidate who tells me she’d rather be in grad school or working at a law firm than my company. (Sarcasm.)

Unfortunately, this list could go on…and on. Some of you reading this might not even believe these stories because they seem too (trying not to write “stupid”)…unbelievable. I would never do something like that, you’re thinking. Really, are you sure? What I find unbelievable is that people would purposely tank job interviews. Perhaps it’s time you evaluate what you could be doing wrong in the eyes of hiring managers and recruiters…and do something about it.

What Your Workers Really Think About HR: #TChat Preview

Originally posted by Charles Purdy on MonsterThinking Blog

If you’re in an HR or recruiting position, you likely interact with a lot of job seekers and employees, and  you may believe that you already know everything you need to know about their mindsets and attitudes.  After all, you’re in the people business.

Plus, you’re busy! You’ve got an inbox full of resumes and a calendar full of meetings and interviews, and you think you’re making things easier by applying an unchanging checklist to the job seekers you have to sort through.

It’s time to think again. Preconceived notions can hurt you and your business, because they may be leading you to reject top talent before you can discover it.

At Monster, we talk to job seekers every day; like with #TChat, we know conversation counts.  Because, after all, that’s the ultimate goal of connecting.  And here are just a few of the commonly held recruiting notions that today’s worker – who, statistically speaking, is likely also a job seeker – want HR pros to know:

5 Job Search Myths and The New Recruiting Realities

MYTH #1: Currently employed candidates are preferable

You don’t still ignore “active” candidates in favor of “passive” ones, do you? The line between people who are actively looking for a career change and people who aren’t has blurred — Monster polls have found that a considerable majority of employed people would jump ship for the right opportunity. (As a side note, this makes employee engagement very important right now — what are you doing to keep your current employees engaged?)

MYTH #2: Gaps in employment make a candidate undesirable

Times have been tough, right? Great workers have been laid off and had a hard time finding new employment. Rejecting candidates for gaps in employment means you reject a lot of great talent out of hand. Look into “gaps,” and you’ll see that many candidates have been filling downtime with personal-development activities that make them better hires, not worse.

MYTH #3: It’s all about salary

This just isn’t true for today’s workers. It’s no longer about throwing money at great candidates — especially for younger workers, quality-of-life issues can trump monetary compensation. Want to make your company more attractive to talented people? Look into adopting flex-time and flex-space policies. Provide on-the-job learning opportunities (and make sure that all employees, even “entry-level” ones, are treated with respect and shown how they contribute to company success). And think about how your company can promote its green and social-good efforts — corporate responsibility is becoming more and more important to workers.

MYTH #4: “Overqualified” people are unacceptably risky hires

That “overqualified” worker has the expertise your company needs. Instead of rejecting him or her outright, find out why he or she wants to head in a new career direction. As with salary, many great candidates are now less interested in titles and more motivated by other concerns.

MYTH #5: Over 50 means over the hill

Now more than ever, age is just a number. People are living longer and putting retirement off for later — not only because they need income, but also because they want to stay engaged with their careers (or begin a new one). Like “overqualified” workers, Baby Boomers are a great untapped employment-market and expertise resource.

#TCHAT Questions (06.28.11)

What recruiting myths are you challenging? Have you uncovered any other outdated recruiting mindsets? What can HR do about it?  Tonight’s special #TChat Live! from SHRM 11 will focus on the current state of affairs with regard to talent management and HR leadership.

If you’re at SHRM 11 this week, stop by ARIA Resort & Casino’s Bluethorn Meeting Room #3 for our meet-up today. Food and drinks will be available. You don’t have to be in Vegas to follow the action. Search for hashtag #TChat on Twitter or your favorite Twitter client and join the conversation.

It’s sure to be a lively discussion, so we hope you can join us at 8 PM ET/5 PM ET on Twitter for #TChat!

Q1: What does HR do? Is that different from what they’re supposed to do?

Q2: Why should HR be responsible for all talent management and recruiting? Why not?

Q3: What are the common misperceptions other departments have about HR and why?

Q4: What’s HR getting right in today’s world of work and business?

Q5: HR pros: What can employees do differently to better partner with HR?

Q6: What does the future of HR look like? Does it have one?

Visit www.talentculture.com for more great information on #TChat, as well as other great resources on careers and hiring.

Monster’s social media team supports #TChat’s mission of sharing “ideas to help your business and your career accelerate — the right people, the right ideas, at the right time.”

We’ll be joining the conversation this Tuesday night as co-hosts with Meghan M. Biro and Kevin W. Grossman from 8-9 p.m. (Eastern) via @MonsterCareers and @Monster_Works.

It's the Brave New World of Work: #TChat Recap

“Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.” -James Matthew Barrie

Somehow I missed that memo the first time around. The one about making sure to underestimate your marketplace and overestimate your sales cycle when you’re starting a new business.

Or even a new career for that matter. New careers are self-contained yet interconnected businesses within themselves. Entrepreneurship has always included career management, business development, [personal] brand marketing, sales and sticky-sweet (but legitimate) customer service.

Because most, if not all entrepreneurs were employees with careers going anywhere but where they wanted to go. So they launch new careers, some of which eventually grow to make a few hires here and there, and a few others get really big by hiring tons of people, collecting tons of investment capital and riding sky-high (for now) with huge valuations (think social media firms of late).

But I did finally get the memo and read it thoroughly. You’ve heard the saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” From careers, to start-ups, to small businesses to big businesses — American’s longing for success and trying again is hard-wired into our DNA.

This is National Small Business Week, and as Matt wrote yesterday in his #TChat preview:

As Obama (or proxy) observed, it turns out Mom & Pop and VC babies share more in common than size; they share spirit, ‘the idea that if you have a good idea and are willing to work hard enough, you can succeed in our country…’

…For many more millions of small business owners, and workers, who have dared to dream and injected so much sweat equity into their bottom line, that creation myth is still being created.   They might call themselves small businesses, or entrepreneurs, or start-ups, but our economy – and our jobs – depends on their growth. So we just wanted to say thank you.

Indeed. Thank you.

Most of the #TChat faithfuls preferred going from small companies to working in big companies. I concur. And even though I’ve always worked for smaller firms, I have worked “with” bigger companies and have always wondered what it would be like to pull the curtain back in Oz and give it a go…

Somebody slap me. Working for yourself, for a small company, launching your own start-up or firm — these activities are what continually breathes new life into the sometimes failing lungs of capitalism (long-time smoker, you know). And it’s this economic activity that sparks job creation as well. Brand name firms may still pull in the greater talent, and they’ve got the revenue to get creative with “total rewards,” but even big firms have struggled of late and now focus heavily on internal talent mobility — I know you’re in there and are just right for this position because I can’t find you out there. Plus, in this (yes, I know how many times you’ve heard it) global, virtual, contingent world where depending on the projects and the hourly rate, talent is fluid from small to big and back again.

It’s the brave new world of work. Just don’t forget to read the memos, even the stinky ones from the ditto machine. Hey, I kinda liked that smell growing up…

Here were the questions from teh #TChat last night:

  • Q1: How do you define ‘small business?’  Is this the term we should be using?
  • Q2: Would you prefer working for a small business or a big company?  Why?
  • Q3: What role does talent play in small business success?  How can small businesses successfully compete with bigger companies in the ‘war for talent?’
  • Q4: What are some of the biggest advantages of working for a small business employer?  Drawbacks?
  • Q5: Do you think employers and recruiters value small business and big company experience differently?
  • Q6: What should big business workers know about moving to a small company (and vice-versa)?
  • Q7: What’s your best advice for someone thinking about starting a small business? Any myths vs. realities?

Fighting the Beast of Unemployment: An Economic Boost is Needed

Repeat after me: there are no magic job wands.

Whether you believe there’s a talent war or not, there are still too many of us out of work. There are shortages of skills, a growing global competitiveness and industries with jobs that will most likely never be heard from again.

But buying into the fairy tale that [insert politician and/or political party of choice here] can and should be the magical job creator that will save us from ourselves only lends us false hope. Unfortunately we’re going to hear a lot of that rhetoric in the next 18 months.

This is just brings false hope that will be defaulted on time and time again. And listen, I’m a Keynesian, one who believes that when the private sector fails miserably – think Great Depression and our very recent economic ice age we’re still thawing from – the public sector needs to take monetary action to try and stabilize the financial markets and get folks back to work in the short term.

I’m not an economist, but I am an econ hobbyist who cares about tempering the beast of business’s destructive nature. Whether you agreed with it or not, short-term public stimulus can help spark long-term job growth if channeled at improving the infrastructure that makes it easier to conduct business in the US and beyond (think trains, planes and automobiles).

But that’s only part of the picture. You also have to have sustainable economic growth and incentives to invest in growing your talent base locally, virtually and globally. And if you have a sound business model, customers and sustainable growth, investors may come a-knockin’ to give you the capital you need to further grow, and maybe, just maybe, hire more talent.

On one of my recent trips across the US I caught up on one of my favorite podcast shows – NPR Planet Money. In one episode titled How do you create a job?, the hosts asked Princeton economist Orley Ashenfelter what he thinks when politicians say they created jobs:

I usually laugh. … When someone says that they are stating a fact: “While I was in office, employment increased by 150,000,” or whatever it increased by. Whether or not you can attribute that to what they did is another, much more difficult question…And by the way, you don’t often hear people say, “I destroyed 150 thousand jobs.”

The true bottom line here is that the government has to appeal to corporate greed. You have to incent business with lower taxes and/or improve the infrastructure in which we conduct business in order to stimulate job growth.

And even then there are no guarantees companies will start hiring. Many are sitting on mounds of cash, investing in stock buybacks, R&D or hiring outside of the US in emerging markets.

It’s called the marginal efficiency of investment – how much of a dollar you invest do you get to keep in profits. Businesses are not in the business of keeping people employed. They’re in the business of making money, and along the way they employ folks as a means to that end. But if you woo the beast, then maybe, just maybe they’ll start hiring, if the cost of paying someone to do a job is less than the output the job produces in revenue. Thankfully there is hiring happening in the US. Not enough to dramatically chip away at the unemployment rate, but it is happening.

I know this all sounds at odds from harmonizing workplace humanity I usually write about. It’s not, though. I’ve learned more about the economics of 21st century life in the past year to fill, well, a lifetime, and I’m a supporter of the Zero Unemployment movement (my recent rants with them were captured on video here and here).

There are no magic job wands. If there were, you know I’d be waving mine.

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Path to Independence and PotHoles: #TChat Recap

When I crafted the poll question “How do you classify yourself in today’s workforce?”, I considered a variety of answers from full-time temp to contractor to consultant to business owner, but I never considered one of the write-in responses:

Unemployed.

That one floored me, because I conveniently tucked away in the back of my mind (and heart) the path many of us take from being “regularly” employed to being an independent — whether that’s a contractor, consultant, business owner or entrepreneur.

The path to independence is riddled with pot holes.

Whether it’s by choice (I’m leaving to start my own gig), or not (we’re going to have to let you go), making the leap without a net, which most of us don’t really have, is not for the feint of heart.

Trust me. It’s not. Sometimes the pot holes are way too deep.

You can argue the pros and cons of a greater contingent workforce, but it’s here and here to stay. Those who can better “sell” themselves — and who can actually do the work — will generate revenue streams for themselves, although maintaining cash flow can be difficult, just like many small business experience. That’s because “independents” are in the business of “Me.” Actually, we all are these days.

Downturns inspire many to try their hands at entrepreneurism, and although technological advancements have reduced the typical barriers to entry in many marketplaces, unfortunately many will fail. But like the path independence above, innovation knows no other way.

There are just no guarantees when it comes to employment and employers aren’t providing the same level of benefits they used to. I didn’t research any stats for that statement, but the fact is the way in which we work and are compensated for it continues to evolve, for better and for worse. Entitlements be gone. Personal ownership and multiple income channels be here.

Forty percent of the poll respondents said they were full-time permanent, while 35% said they were consultants (you can see the results graph below).

Last night’s topic was deeply personal to me considering the last 12 months of my professional journey. My recommendations to full-time employees and consultants alike?

  • Underestimate your “marketplace”
  • Overestimate your “sales cycle”
  • Stay hungry without growing hungry
  • Don’t wait for something to happen to you — make it happen for you
  • Keep yourself in good physical, mental and emotional health
  • Back fill the pot holes
  • And repeat the cycle every, single, day

You can see the #TChat reach here, and these were last night’s questions:

Q1: Poll: How do you classify yourself in today’s workforce? Full-time, part-time, temp – what? http://svy.mk/fKCdxW
Q2: Has the latest downturn created more independents and “entrepreneurs”? Why?
Q3: What challenges are there transitioning from employed to independent or vice versa?
Q4: What’s the difference between a contractor, a temp or a consultant, if any?
Q5: What’s behind the rise in companies use in contingent workers and contractors? Good thing? Bad?
Q6: Do companies have different hiring standards for contingent workers?  Should they?
Q7: How has technology changed the employment mix? Increased startups?
Q8: So, are job titles now obsolete? How should we rethink careers and the why of work?

Make sure to read Monster Thinking’s “pre-cap” if you haven’t: The Changing Identities of Today’s Workforce.

Thank you all for joining us last night. Next week’s topic is tentatively “Globilization — not just for the enterprise any more.”