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Why Our Business Matters

Wednesday May 20, 2015 comments

When you listen to venture capitalists, investors and budding investment hopefuls they use the term Lifestyle Business as though it was a 17 th century plague to be avoided at all costs. Well maybe it is, (from the investors point of view) but that discussion feels like bell-bottom pants and a tie-dye shirt at a Republican Convention: Out of place and dated. People run businesses for all kinds of reasons these days. In my experience most are motivated to do something that matters and to do it in a way that creates value for employees,... 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

If Talent Acquisition Was a Movie Star

Friday January 30, 2015 comments

Talent Acquisition Takes Center Stage... If Talent Acquisition was a movie star, this is what the review of its latest movie may sound like, "The star of this year's "What's Hot in HR" movie is Talent Acquisition. But, as In any good film, the supporting cast is integral to the movie's overall success. The supporting cast this year includes an old stand by, your employees. But they are joined by 2 relative newcomers, your employees' social networks and Referral Link. The chemistry is undeniable." At Innotrieve, we've been in the... Read More

Persistence in HR: Persist Through The C.R.A.P.

Thursday January 29, 2015 comments

If you are out to start a new business or try a new product idea within a large company, it often feels like everything and everyone is out to stop you. Youaren'tparanoid: they are. Persistence is probably the most important element of success (as long as you can afford it). Richard St John gave a TED Talk which he entitled: Secretes of Success in 8 Words . In this presentation he discusses what he thinks are 8 concepts that drive success. You can watch it, its good, and it is only 3 minutes long so it wont take up... 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

6 HR Trends on Their Way Out for 2015:

Wednesday January 7, 2015 comments

6 HR Trends on Their Way Out for 2015: 2015 will be seen as a pivotal year in the death of an old paradigm in human resources and the beginning of the new paradigm: The New Employee Economy . As with most major shifts, this wont happen overnight (and many will think itdidn'thappen at all) but it will. While there are many changes that will happen, here is my list of 6 Things that were (still) in during 2014, but will be on their way out in 2015: Things that are out Things that will be in ... 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

How Santa Recruited His Reindeer

Friday December 19, 2014 comments

How Did Santa Recruit His Reindeer? Referral Link of Course! 1. Comet was Santa's most trustedand talented reindeer. 2. Santa invited Comet to use Referral Link to see what other talented reindeer were in Comet's social network. 3. Comet referred Blitzen, Cupid and Vixen and Santa hired them. 4. Once they were hired and quickly registered for Referral Link as part of the onboarding process, 5. They referred Dasher,Prancer,Dancer, and Donner. Santa hired them. Santa posted one more... Read More

Change and the Death of the Chocolate Santa Claus

By: Jerry Thurber Tuesday December 16, 2014 comments Tags: HR Humor

Change and the Death of the Chocolate Santa Claus

The chocolate Santa Claus first poked his head out of my stocking in 1965. All you could see was that shiny, silvery red head just above those glinty Santa eyes. Hes appeared in my stocking every year since then. Thats 48 years of Santa heads peering out at me. There wont be one there this year. My family informed me that it is a waste of time, we already have too many sweets around the house during the holidays that are a lot better. (I am willing to concede the second half of this argument but, REALLY, I did not know there was such a thing... Read More

Use Structured Chaos for Creating Great HR Products

Thursday December 4, 2014 comments

We are heading into our second year of our new business Innotrieve . Our first product, Referral Link , uses advanced matching science to automatically find great candidates in employees networks. Its pretty cool. We dont rest on a single great product though, were working on bringing more great products to market. So how do you approach that? With Structured Chaos, of course. The process of discovery has lots of pundits explaining the best way to innovate. Some say it is a structured process of trial and error, some say it comes from... Read More