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Corporate Social Responsibility: A Pint for a Pint

By: mprinz Thursday June 23, 2016 comments

A couple of weeks ago, four new elements were added to the Periodic Table . The one I have, under glass below my elbows on the tabletop I type, was outdated. With a red Sharpie, I filled it in this morning and in doing so, noticed number 26 Fe Iron. For some reason it got me thinking about blood. In case you missed it, every year on June 14 th its World Blood Donor Day. Every day should be World Blood Donor Day. People need life-saving transfusions more than once a year. I dont normally endorse things - Disney, bottle rockets or... Read More

How Hemingway, Crystal and a Fox Can Help You Communicate Better

By: mprinz Friday June 10, 2016 comments

Do you sometimes sound like a jerk? Are your emails rambling, confrontational, demanding or insensitive? Have you ever gasped in horror rereading the memo YOU just sent only to realize what you should have said didnt come out the way it should have? In Orwells dystopian novel 1984, written years before its time, spin-doctor Winston was chartered to rewrite history. Leaving the details out because you probably already know them, words can shape thought - and wrong words can be deadly . Rarely do you get second opportunities to explain your... Read More

Say What? Every Employee Should Have A Personal Assistant

By: mprinz Wednesday May 25, 2016 comments

On any given day, I bet you can think of 99 things youd rather do than arrange a conference call, meeting or lunch appointment especially for a bunch of people. Its even more frustrating when scheduling conflicts follow post-plan. Then the nightmare starts all over again. Precious time is wasted nailing down the perfect time for everyone involved. Its irritating. Dennis Mortensen felt the pain too, and did something about it. He created Amy and Andrew Ingram artificial intelligence (AI) chat-bots. For most of us, it wasnt feasible to... Read More

Sweet, Sour or Spicy in the Recruitment Selection Process

By: mprinz Tuesday May 17, 2016 comments

The future of interviewing could depend upon which snack your candidate chooses and how much they drool. For years, employers have searched for the answers: What makes a great employee? How do you know if a candidate is empathetic or merciless, outgoing or introverted? How do you know if theyll fit the position youre looking to fill? As humans, we tend to over complicatethings. Sure there are online personality tests and empathy and job-fit and more. The problem with each lies in their subjectivity. Its not that difficult for a desperate... Read More

The Search to Hire Smarter – Is there a Missing Link?

By: mprinz Sunday May 1, 2016 comments

The first evidence of commerce dates back to the Stone Age with the trading of obsidian and flint. Someone discovered rocks had value and acquired help to unearth, move and market them. The first manager probably clutched a club while directing where to dig and where to drag. Whats impressive: this happened about 8,000 years before the wheel made its debut. That someone then communicated the value of the stones to others from afar and shortly thereafter a trade route grew. Even back then, there had to be a mutually beneficial reason... Read More

2016 The Year of Monkey Business

By: mprinz Friday February 5, 2016 comments

The Chinese have used the lunar calendar hand-in-hand with the zodiac to predict and align successful partnerships in both love and commerce for at least 2600 years. They believe the sign youre born under includes prophetic outliers that provide insight into whether or not youd be a good match to a person or company based on your temperament - as defined by the laws of the planets. Which fortunately or unfortunately for you, is predetermined by the day, month and year of your birth - right down to the very minute. Something you can do... Read More

From Space Cadet to HR Data Miner in Two Decades!

By: Jerry Thurber Thursday January 21, 2016 comments

Are we on the verge of Self-Driving HR? Or maybe an HR Uber is in our future. If Id told my wife in 1996 I was going to be an HR data analytics innovator someday she would have called me a space cadet. One of the things my family used to like to do while sitting down at dinner was play a game where we all speculated about how different the world would be in 20 years. Most of it was pretty fantastical, but not all. Back then the evolution of technical skills hadnt changed much from the 1970s. Back then technology was still about automating... Read More

The Skeptical HR Leader

By: Jerry Thurber Thursday May 14, 2015 comments

I am doing my job quite well; thank you. I work from dawn to dusk. And if I feel I cant get ahead I am good enough, I trust. I am an HR leader. And I do my job quite well. I hear of new technology. But Ive been burned before. I still feel the pain Of the last big project we bore. So whats all this I hear: Big data, artificial intelligence and social HR? Ive heard it all before. Risk will tarnish my star. Too much magic sauce Promised for HR gain. So what if I dont have time Change isnt worth... Read More

Yoga for the Stressed Out Recruiter

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday January 20, 2015 comments

Recruiting can be stressful. You try so hard to find the perfect candidate and sometimes it seems like all the stars are aligned against you. To help with this problem, I have come up with some yoga poses to be used for some of those more stressful moments. Down Dog : This pose is used when that candidate you had high hopes for totally pisses-off the President of the company by saying something really stupid. The pose is to be executed at the end of the day when you are debriefing the candidate and he says So how did I do? To perform... Read More

Happy Holidays from 2 Santas, a Reindeer and a Grinch!

By: Casey Siewert Tuesday December 23, 2014 comments

Happy Holidays from 2 Santas, a Reindeer and a Grinch!

Happy Holidays from the InnotrieveTeam: (back): Jerry Doug (front): Casey Elena ... Read More