May, 2006

“Why CEOs Are Not Plug-and-Play”

May 30, 2006 Posted by

Great article today in the Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge newsletter about executives skills… "Not all managers are equally suited to all business situations. The strategic skills required to control costs in the face of fierce price competition are not the same as those required to improve the top line in a rapidly growing business […]

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The Human Capitalist Jinx

May 23, 2006 Posted by

We have all heard of the SI jinx whereas the cover of Sports Illustrated can often lead to fatal, often catastrophic events (think Nomar Garciaparra, Ryan Leaf, and Todd Marinovich).  Well…only a week after I was praising Taleo’s CFO, Divesh Sisodraker, he announced that he will be resigning from the company.  I hope this is […]

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The Brink’s Truck Backs Up to SuccessFactors

May 22, 2006 Posted by

Today, SuccessFactors announced the closing of a $45 million financing round.  This is a substantial round and the single largest venture round raised in the talent management market.  SuccessFactors is not only healthy and getting tremendous traction, but is also operating profitably.  Which leads me to speculate where this money will be going? 

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Ever Show Up for An Interview and You Get Put on TV Instead…

May 18, 2006 Posted by
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M&A Activity in Talent Management

May 18, 2006 Posted by

The talent management market is hot.  With a heated market comes constant speculation on who’s buying who.  As one executive recently stated, "…there’s lot of petting going on but not a whole lot of sex!"  In an effort to create some mild controversy, I am throwing out some thoughts on the vendors active in the […]

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