What is Talent?
What is Talent? 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

I originally wrote this post as a guest post for the Human Capital Institute in February 2010.  I was recently reminded of it and as I read it again, I liked the message.  So, I thought it was worth sharing again here. What is Talent? Over the past decade, it seems that the concept of…

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8 Ways to Turn Conference Attendance into Actual Results
8 Ways to Turn Conference Attendance into Actual Results 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

How often have you returned from a conference or training seminar with a notebook full of ideas, intentions, and new contacts only to immediately get sucked back into the work vortex at the expense of everything in the notebook? It happens to everyone, all the time.  Good conferences can shoot you full of energy and…

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I am Bulletproof
I am Bulletproof 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

On June 20, I announced to the world through this blog, email and wherever else people would listen that I was in the process of transition out of corporate HR.  My goal wasn’t to leave the work of Human Resources, but to better align my work with what I do best.  As I suggested I…

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Quality of Hire isn’t About Recruting – #TruLondon
Quality of Hire isn’t About Recruting – #TruLondon 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

I’m fortunate to be speaking or facilitating at some cool recruitment conferences this fall.  I’ll be leading a couple of tracks at TruLondon 4 in London on September 1-2.  I’m also going to be presenting a keynote at The Recruiting Conference in Chicago on November 2.  In both cases, I’ve chosen Quality of Hire as…

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Quotes I Love, Volume 1
Quotes I Love, Volume 1 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

I am  not a collector.  Just don’t have the wiring for it.  But, as with everything, there is always an exception.  The closest I come to being a collector is that I have historically saved quotes.  These little sound bites matter to me.  In each I find a spark or insight that sticks with me.…

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Illinois SHRM, Here I Come – #ILSHRM11
Illinois SHRM, Here I Come – #ILSHRM11 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

Next week, I have the privilege to be speaking as a part of the Illinois state SHRM Conference lineup.  They have put together a pretty interesting and compelling program.  The Illinois HR community is in for quite an experience.   Talent Anarchy (Joe Gerstandt and I) will be providing one of the three keynote presentations…

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Great HR is knowing Why
Great HR is knowing Why 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

By nature of having a 3 year old daughter at home, I hear the word “why” about 3,000 times a day.  Even at hear young age, she’s discovered the power of this tiny word.  It provokes thought.  It provokes conversation.  It provokes discovery.  Ultimately, it leads to learning and confidence.   And we don’t use…

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What does Strategic mean in HR?
What does Strategic mean in HR? 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

There’s a lot of misunderstandings about what it means to be strategic in Human Resources.  Having a plan doesn’t necessarily make you strategic.  Talking about the future doesn’t make you strategic.  Being proactive doesn’t even make your strategic. The mark of a truly strategic HR leader or team, is when you move from giving the…

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Pull the Trigger
Pull the Trigger 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

One of the hardest things to do as a leader is to know when to pull the trigger on firing someone.  I’ve heard so many leaders talk about how much trouble they have with making the decision to fire even when the person is under performing or worse a general nuisance.  Yet, these same leaders will…

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I am Not a Thought Leader
I am Not a Thought Leader 150 150 Jason Lauritsen

A couple of weeks ago, the always outspoken John Sumser published a post at HRexaminer titled “Pummeling Equine Cadavers.”  You probably missed it if for no other reason than the title doesn’t even hint at the really interesting points John makes in the piece.  In it, he airs some frustrations around the idea of “thought…

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