Kyle Lagunas

As a tech enthusiast and senior analyst at Independent Insights, Kyle Lagunas is dedicated to keeping today's business leaders in touch with important trends and hot topics in the world of work. Connecting with thought leaders and in-the-trenches professionals, he offers a fresh take on best practices in recruiting, human resources, and talent management. Contact him at kdlagunas@gmail.com

Articles by Kyle Lagunas

Recruiting and Staffing

A Key to Recruiting Success: Bridging the Gap Between Recruiting & Hiring

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There is a growing disconnect in the world of talent acquisition these days.

Though many business leaders track quantifiable metrics to measure efficiency in recruiting, the rest of the hiring process is rarely managed as closely. In fact, few organizations distinguish between recruiting and hiring.

With the lion’s share of energy focused on finding quality candidates and getting them in front of hiring managers, efficiency in the hiring process (screening and onboarding) has gone to the wayside. Read more…

Best of TLNT

3 Reasons to Grow the Talent You Have Into the Leaders You Need

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To Our Readers: This week, TLNT is continuing our annual tradition by counting down the 35 most popular posts of this past year. This is No. 35. Our regular content will return Wednesday January 2, 2013.

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Almost three years ago, Neil Nicoll, President and CEO of YMCA said in Finding Leaders for America’s Nonprofits: Commentaries, “Until [we] become much more intentional about development of internal talent, we are doomed to an ever-growing leadership deficit.”

And yet, while many organizations are recruiting leaders from competitors (with cost per hire only rising), few are doing much to develop the talent they have into the leaders they need.

Here’s what I don’t understand: Why is the process of finding a leader – whether to backfill someone or to fill a new role – often treated as an isolated event rather than an ongoing process? Read more…

HR Technology

3 Steps to to Help in Upgrading HR’s Role in Enterprise 2.0

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Consumer technologies are rapidly changing the way we work.

In HR, social and mobile technologies have proven to be powerful tools for sourcing and recruiting talent. And newer tools that leverage social consumer technologies – like Yammer for collaboration, and Work.com (formerly Rypple) for performance management – have the potential for facilitating a more actively engaged workforce.

At the annual HR Technology Conference this month in Chicago, these next generation tools were the focus of numerous sessions and conversations. But many attendees wondered, “Who takes ownership of these tools?Read more…

Talent Management, Training & Development

3 Reasons to Grow the Talent You Have Into the Leaders You Need

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Almost three years ago, Neil Nicoll, President and CEO of YMCA said in Finding Leaders for America’s Nonprofits: Commentaries, “Until [we] become much more intentional about development of internal talent, we are doomed to an ever-growing leadership deficit.”

And yet, while many organizations are recruiting leaders from competitors (with cost per hire only rising), few are doing much to develop the talent they have into the leaders they need.

Here’s what I don’t understand: Why is the process of finding a leader – whether to backfill someone or to fill a new role – often treated as an isolated event rather than an ongoing process? Read more…

HR Technology

4 Ways Social Technology Is Impacting Talent Management

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Josh Bersin, President and CEO of Bersin & Associates, asserts in a recent blog entry that as the HR software market continues to mature, we should expect deeper integration of social features that drive collaboration, enable real-time feedback, and give employees (and their bosses) more visibility into what’s going on in their organization.

After all, says Bersin, “nearly every HR and talent process in a company is ‘social’ in some way!”

Software vendors are working diligently to launch new social tools for talent management that improve the way the workforce grows, manages and engages. Early adopters of social talent management technology are seeing some immediate value-adds.

Here are four ways social technologies are having a positive impact in talent management: Read more…

Talent Management

5 Employee Retention Strategies for a High Performance Environment

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All high performance environments share a serious devotion to results.

They’re competitive, stressful workplaces where mediocrity is disdained and failure intolerable. Moreover, individuals who thrive in these environments tend to be “A” players with intense ambition. And they are always on the lookout for greener pastures.

How can high-performing employers better retain these critical employees? Read more…

HR Management

From Start-up to Small Business: 5 HR Must-Haves to Get to the Next Level

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Congratulations, you’ve done it! You started with an idea, launched a company, and now your product or service is selling well.

It’s time to grow. But as you know, growing a business isn’t simple.

“The media plays up the overnight successes like Instagram,” says Jay Turo, co-founder and CEO of Growthink, “but for the vast majority of entrepreneurs, it is a long, slow, and gradually upward growth process.”

From an HR perspective, in particular, there’s a lot of work to be done, and it’s up to you. I recently connected with Turo and Dan Roitman, Founder and CEO of Stroll – two entrepreneurs who have successfully grown their businesses from scratch – and posed the question: What does it take to grow a company from startup to small business? Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

5 Things That HR Can — and Should — Learn From the CFO

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There was a lot of great conversation happening at February’s inaugural TLNT Transform conference in Austin, Texas. But there was one conversation, however, which stood out to me as being of particular importance.

In a breakout session moderated by John Hollon, Nick Araco — co-founder and CEO of The CFO Alliance — discussed a very interesting trend. In the post-recession C-Suite, an increasing number of HR chiefs are now reporting directly to the CFO rather than the CEO.

While the rationale for this may be sound — aligning people processes with the company’s financial strategy is never a bad idea — it is meeting resistance from HR. The idea of reporting to the stereotypical “cold-hearted number cruncher” who doesn’t understand human resources is objectionable, if not intimidating, to many HR leaders.

Read more…

HR Technology

What to Do If Your Talent Management Provider Has Been Acquired

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Up until last week, you were living in bliss.

Last year, you convinced your leadership team to purchase a full talent management suite to streamline hiring, onboarding, performance reviews, and learning management across every department. And then it happened. Your beloved talent management provider was acquired.

While the acquisition in and of itself may not be cause for concern, how it impacts your organization — both in the short and the long term — is something leadership expects you to manage with care. Already, your CFO is asking about rate changes. Your CTO wants to know what’s going to happen to tech support. And your CEO wants to know why you didn’t see this coming. Read more…