What to Do When You Can’t Predict Your Talent Needs

Originally posted on HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review:

Predictive analytics are often used in strategic workforce planning (SWP), to forecast and close the gap between the future talent you’ll have versus the future talent you’ll need. Now, powerful analytical tools are driving that organizational calculus. Those tools predict who will leave and when, where talent will be plentiful and scarce, and how talent will move between roles. But there’s a catch: Very precisely matching talent to “the future” is of little value if that future doesn’t happen. For example, it can take five years or more to develop today’s high potentials into leadership roles. Can you know today the five-year future for which you should prepare them?  Increasingly, you cannot. Yet, because HR strategy typically reacts to organization strategy, SWP often assumes a single future as its goal.

Does this mean predictive analytics don’t work for talent? No. Powerful analytics have value in preparing for a VUCA…

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US criticized for “feeding the trolls” in the fight against ISIS on social media

Originally posted on PandoDaily:


As Obama stands poised to implement his plan to arm Syrian rebels against ISIS, there’s another fight playing out between US officials and the Islamic extremist group — and it’s taking place on social media.

In order to counter ISIS’s well-oiled social media propaganda machine, which has included everything from beheading videos to Instagram photos of cats next to assault rifles, the State Department has launched a campaign on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Tumblr called Think Again Turn Away. It’s designed to convince potential terrorist recruits that the world ISIS is trying to build will be a nightmare for young men and women and their families living in regions affected and occupied by the militants.

But Shahed Amanullah, a former State Department official tells the Guardian that these efforts are not only ineffective — they may be making ISIS’ hold on the hearts and minds of Islamic youths even stronger by “feeding…

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my weaknesses are my strengths

Originally posted on at least i have a brain:

my weaknesses are my strengths.

i have realised this for a LONG time now…

my weaknesses, my Achilles heal are my morals, my code of conduct.

The ultimate IRONY.


my strengths have once been used to manipulate me…to weaken me…to force me.

it’s like beating a football team , by playing against them with their OWN style of tactics!

My STRENGTHS…once they are known…are my VULNERABILITIES…my Weaknesses.

but i can’t change them.

my BODY is not strong…but my mind, morals and persistence are.


Easier to think of negatives but am deliberately challenging the Irish tendency to do that- and going for my 10 strengths!

my 10 strengths 

  1. ability to think outside the box – to see ways around problems that others miss.
  2. determination. to follow through what i undertake FULLY…..and it will be well done.
  3. i am honest and trustworthy. i have decided that despite the occasional friends it costs…

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Bootstrapping After Raising Money

Originally posted on David Cummings on Startups:

Typically, the term bootstrapping in the entrepreneurial world means that the founder(s) used their own money and sweat equity to get a new business off the ground. Only, more and more entrepreneurs are saying that they want to bootstrap the business, even after having raised an angel round (I’ve been guilty of this in the past as well). So, what is it? Bootstrapping or being capital-light?

What the entrepreneurs are trying to say when they call it bootstrapping after raising an angel round is that they want to continue growing the business without any additional outside investment (e.g. be a customer-funded company going forward). Bootstrapping implies being lean and scrappy as resources are limited. An investor-funded company can be lean and scrappy as well, but once a startup raises money it’s often perceived as being flush with cash that will be readily spent.

My proposal is that entrepreneurs that build their company…

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Online Survey And Form Builder Typeform Raises €1.2M

Originally posted on News Podge:

Typeform, the Spanish startup that takes the heavy-lifting out of creating user-friendly surveys and other types of online forms, including payments, has raised a €1.2 million further round of funding, led by London­-based VC Connect Ventures. Existing backers Point Nine Capital, and RTA ventures, also participated, along with Mariusz Gralewski, CEO and founder of DocPlanner. The fresh capital adds to the €550,000 previously raised by the Barcelona-based startup.

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6 min read 10 Ways Entrepreneurs Think Differently

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10 Ways Entrepreneurs Think Differently
Entrepreneurs are a unique breed of people. While some people sit and fantasize about the glamor of being their own boss and creating their own business, those in the thick of business ownership understand that even considering all its rewards, entrepreneurship is a difficult and complicated path.

The world’s most successful entrepreneurs aren’t the ones who impulsively quit their jobs to chase a get-rich-quick idea. They are the ones with an entrepreneurial mindset — a set of perspectives and values that allow them to achieve greatness.

These 10 perspectives are differentiators you’ll need to have or develop if you’re going to be a successful business owner.

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3 Ways Responsive Leaders Learn to Lead Themselves

Originally posted on News Podge:

It’s easy to lead others. But when today’s business climate includes untimely squalls and unpredictable tsunamis, it’s difficult to know how to lead yourself.

While many leaders rely on proven past methods (often learned in B-school), others are taking new approaches that help them transcend what they already know. These fresh methods help them handle the day-to-day, while becoming responsive to other things that matter.

One of these “new” methods is a coaching approach that has been used with individuals, now making its way into the C-suite.

“The ‘coach approach’ asks leaders to define who they want to be at this moment and in the future,” says Jennifer Antolak, president of Learning Journeys, a life coaching academy. “And it’s about helping others understand that we support their choices.”

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