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

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…

TLNT Events

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!

TLNT Events

Thinking About TLNT’s HPW Summit? Well, Think About HR Guru Dave Ulrich

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Way, way back in the summer of 2010, right after launching TLNT, I referred to Dave Ulrich as “an all-around HR Guru” and said he was “one of the greatest HR thinkers of our generation.”

This was probably a bit of an understatement.

The Harvard Business Review describes Dave as “one of the world’s leading human capital/HR experts,” and he certainly is, but he is 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 OrganizationsandHR 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 that’s why he’ll be speaking at TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit May 6-7 in Atlanta. Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: There’s Power in Perks, But Not All Companies Get That

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As someone who worked in the San Francisco Bay Area during the dotcom boom, take it from me — employees LOVE perks.

Silicon Valley figured out a long time ago that all the things companies do for employees above and beyond a paycheck can be both a great lure for new talent, but also a great way to retain those you already have in the fold.

Of course, most companies in America don’t offer the kind of perks that Silicon Valley tech firms do, but as some recent research found, that doesn’t mean that those additional benefits above what you pay people aren’t a great tool for attracting (and keeping) top talent. Read more…

TLNT Events

HPW Summit Update: Great Speakers AND Strategic HRCI Credits, Too

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There are lots of good reasons to attend TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit May 6-7 in Atlanta, but just in case great speakers with great titles and great insights weren’t enough, here’s one more:

Strategic recertification credits from HRCI, the HR Certification Institute.

ERE Media, the parent company of TLNT, and HRCI, have announced “a partnership to promote HRCI certification.” As part of this collaboration, “HRCI has agreed to provide strategic recertification credits to delegates who will be attending ERE Media’s TLNT High Performance Workforce Summit, May 6-7, 2015 in Atlanta … Additionally, HRCI will promote TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit to certified HR professionals as an opportunity to maintain their certification.” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Training & Development

Weekly Wrap: Nobody Wins When Developing Employees Isn’t a Priority

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It’s been pretty clear for some time that American companies aren’t terribly interested in training or developing employees much anymore.

Yes, more money IS getting spent on training and development (15 percent more in 2014, according to Bersin), but it’s still not enough. Far too many organizations still expect new hires to be complete ready to hit the ground running when they start work, and that just isn’t very realistic.

That’s why this new survey from the American Management Association didn’t come as any great surprise. Read more…

TLNT Events

Why Should You Attend the HPW Summit? Great Speakers, Great Titles, Great Insights

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Building a high performance workforce isn’t easy, or for the faint of heart.

That’s because building and maintaining a high performance workforce is the single most powerful way for talent managers and HR leaders to deliver competitive advantage to their companies. And, it is the essence of TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit May 6-7 in Atlanta.

Unlike many other events, the High Performance Workforce Summit has a lineup of working talent management leaders who will share their stories and insights about the challenges they have faced in their own companies. They will tell you how they tacked the challenge of building a high performing workforce, and how they keep in going and moving ahead. Read more…

TLNT Events

TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit: 3 More Big Reasons to Attend

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This is a big week, because it is the last week for you 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.

It’s a great bargain that you can’t afford to miss, but just in case you’re still unsure, here are three (3) more big reasons why you really need to attend: Read more…