John Hollon

John Hollon is Vice President for Editorial of TLNT.com, and the former Editor of Workforce Management magazine and workforce.com. An award-winning journalist, John has written extensively about HR, talent management, leadership, and smart business practices. Contact him at john@tlnt.com, and follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/johnhollon.

Articles by John Hollon

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When Dave Ulrich Talks About Talent Management & HR, Everybody Listens

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Shortly after launching TLNT back in the summer of 2010, I wrote something that described Dave Ulrich as “an all-around HR Guru” and that he was “one of the greatest HR thinkers of our generation.”

Well, I was probably a little too modest in my description of him.

The Harvard Business Review describes Dave as “one of the world’s leading human capital/HR experts,” and he certainly is, but he’s also a Professor of Business Administration at the University of Michigan and best-selling author of books such as The Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant Organizations; and, HR from the Outside In: Six Competencies for the Future of Human Resources.

Yes, Dave Ulrich is as close as you get to an HR legend — and he’s a big reason why you need to attend TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit May 6-7 in Atlanta. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Too Many Companies Have a Talent Pipeline Problem

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There are a lot of things that drive employees crazy, but here’s a big one: When management goes outside the organization and bypasses internal candidates when there is a position to fill.

For some reason, business leadership fails to see how damaging it is to morale and company culture when everyone feels that people inside the organization are consistently passed over, for promotions or more interesting assignments, in favor of outsiders.

In other words, somebody from the outside is better than anybody on the inside. Read more…

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5 Reasons You Must Attend TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit

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Yes, it’s true: Last year’s TLNT High Performance Workforce Summit had one of the highest ratings of any conference we have ever put on.

Here’s why, according to what attendees told us:

  • They loved the speaker lineup that was full of smart HR and talent management professionals;
  • They felt the presenters really spoke to them with real-world insights about managing a high performance workforce, and gave them great information that they could take home and apply to their own organizations; Read more…
HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Employee Appreciation? It’s Not As Good as You Might Think

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Here’s a sobering statistic to ponder on Employee Appreciation Day: Nearly half (47 percent) of employees recently surveyed say they either don’t feel appreciated or feel only somewhat appreciated at work.

This comes from a new online survey in February by Harris Poll for The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated, a company that makes sophisticated time and attendance software. Although the findings are pretty interesting, they aren’t terribly surprising given all that we read and hear about the mindset of the workforce today. Read more…

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Dave Ulrich (and Others) on Keys to a High Performance Workforce

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The single most powerful way for HR leaders to deliver competitive advantage to their companies is to build and maintain a High Performance Workforce.

As we look at the high performance workforce of the future (something you’ll hear a lot about at TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit May 6-7 in Atlanta) we’ve invited talent management leaders and HR thinkers who will be speaking at the conference to share some of their thoughts.

We found their answers to be both innovative and insightful. Read more…

HR News & Trends

How Important is Engagement? 87% of Leaders Say a Lack of It is a Key Issue

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I never cease to be amazed at how hard it is for talent managers to get their hands around the issue of employee engagement.

And, a new study from Deloitte titled Global Human Capital Trends 2015: Leading in the New World of Work tells you exactly why.

According to the just released survey of more than 3,300 HR and business leaders in 106 countries, lack of employee engagement is the top issue currently facing a whopping 87 percent of HR and business leaders, and that’s up from 79 percent last year. In addition: Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: What Logical Lessons Managers Can Learn From Mr. Spock

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Mr. Spock has died. He lived long, and prospered.

Of course, Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock, the character, will still be around because fictional people never really go away, but Leonard Nimoy, the wonderful actor who brought Spock to life, will not. He died Friday in California at age 83.

Trekkies will know this, but in the Star Trek universe, Spock was from the planet Vulcan, a place where a strict adherence to logic had helped Vulcans rise above personal emotions that had once threated to wipe out their civilization. It also made Vulcans the perfect aliens to have “first contact” with the human race (depicted in the film Star Trek: First Contact) in 2063.

OK, I know, I know  – what does all this have to do with talent management and HR, anyway? Read more…

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Want to Attend the HPW Summit? Act Now Before Early Bird Rate is Gone

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Let’s be clear about this: You are rapidly running out of time.

Yes, February is nearly over, and that means your opportunity to take advantage of our early bird rate and get $300 off the regular price to attend TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit in Atlanta May 6-7 is nearly over, too.

I keep saying this, but it’s true — not only is this a great bargain with the early bird discount, but the High Performance Workforce Summit is a great opportunity to find out from some of the very best HR thinkers and practitioners just what it takes to build, and maintain, a high performance workforce in today’s turbulent marketplace. Read more…

Letter From the Editor

What’s the State of Recruiting Today? Take Our Survey and Help Us Find Out

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Last year, we discovered recruiters prefer talent acquisition to most any other name. We learned that recruiting quality prospects was harder in 2014, even if some of the corporate recruiters we surveyed thought otherwise.

And looking back on the results of last year’s State of Recruiting Survey, it seems some recruiters were whistling past the graveyard when it came to predicting the difficulty in recruiting this year.

Now ERE Media (the parent company of TLNT) is conducting this year’s recruiting survey (you can find it here), and we would love for you to take part. In addition to corporate recruiting, we’re collecting information specific to the search and staffing sectors. Among the questions we ask are some the specific challenges presented by your clients. Your opinion of hiring managers is among them.

Take part and get a copy of the results

We also ask about your use of metrics, analytics and KPIs to measure productivity and performance. One especially useful question deals with the most effective way of reaching candidates, i.e. phone, texting, email, etc.

The more responses we get from agency recruiters, the more useful the results. So please, spend the 6 or 7 minutes it will take and complete the survey. And add your comments to fill in any blanks. Those who participate will get early copies of the results.

HR Insights, HR Management

TLNT Whitepaper: 5 Ways to Drive Performance in Your Workplace

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We’re excited to announce a new Whitepaper, titled 5 Ways to Drive Performance in Your Workplace, that will help you to “increase performance in your workforce and make HR a strategic weapon for your company.”

Being strategic in HR means bringing together “all things people” in such a way that we can answer the question, “How are our people performing, and what impact does that have on the bottom line?” We broke the whitepaper into five (5) sections to help answer that:

  1. Build a Better Workplace Through Better Listening –“When people don’t listen, they don’t just communicate how unimportant the other person is to them. They also miss out on important information that could help deepen their relationships and enrich their lives.”

  2. Keep Your Best Employees Happy –“Your best employees are the people who drive your organization forward — they are more creative, more productive, and bring more value to your organization. So, keeping them happy must be a priority, because these are the employees that are typically not replaceable.” Here we give you 10 tips on to do that.

  3. Tackle Difficult Situations – ”(When) you bring out the best self in others, you will not only experience a whole lot less stress in relationships, you will get far better results from others, and, perhaps most importantly, you will truly make a positive difference wherever you go.”
  4. Drive Innovation — “Innovation in today’s business world is increasingly coming from collaborative teams, rather than the sole champion innovator. Great ideas can come from anywhere in a company, and fostering an environment in which anyone can innovate is an important part of a high performance culture.”

  5. Get Employees to Talk Before They Decide to Walk — “A feeling of employee dissatisfaction needs to be translated into a tangible list of what needs to change, and what actions need to be taken. What talents are not being used? What values are not being met? What career goals are feeling stifled?”

HR must add value, and you will find out how it can do that in 5 Ways to Drive Performance in Your Workplace.

And one more thing: Just by downloading the whitepaper, we’ll give you a code to receive $300 off our High Performance Workforce Summit coming up this May 6-7 at the Omni CNN Center Hotel in Atlanta.

After downloading the whitepaper, let us know what you thought by commenting below!