Talent Network

#26 – How Success Is a Symptom of Your Community – Stephen Thompson

The Reach West Radio show welcomes Stephen Thompson, senior manager in executive Recruiting LinkedIn, where he finds engineering leaders in data science, distributed systems and analytics. Stephen is a distinguished leader in the tech recruiting industry and is dedicated to finding and hiring some of the most unique and smartest people in the world. Prior… more #26 – How Success Is a Symptom of Your Community – Stephen Thompson

The Warming Heart Of People Pools

“And I don’t care, go on and tear me apart And I don’t care if you do ‘Cause in a sky, ‘cause in a sky full of stars I think I see you…” —Coldplay, “Sky Full of Stars” The statement’s context bummed me out. Not because my father-in-law and his wife didn’t know what I… more The Warming Heart Of People Pools

This Workplace Merry-Go-Round Ain’t Ever Slowing Down

“Midway hawkers calling ‘Try your luck with me’ Merry-go-round wheezing The same old melody…” —Neil Peart (Lakeside Park) We became carnies for a day – midway hawkers calling out from our very own front yard. The main reason was to make some quick cash since my sister and I had already blown through our weekly… more This Workplace Merry-Go-Round Ain’t Ever Slowing Down

The World of Work Needs Huggers, Not Walkers

June 30, 2009 “They call them Walkers.” Rick the recruiter whispered the words like a desperate prayer while he stood at the 10th floor window looking down on the street. Nishi, Rick’s new boss, was puzzled. “Walkers?” “Yes, Walkers,” Rick echoed, and wiped his dry mouth with the back of his hand. Nishi waved a hand… more The World of Work Needs Huggers, Not Walkers

Welcome Everyone to Job Fair

“Dreams flow across the heartland Feeding on the fires Dreams transport desires Drive you when you’re down Dreams transport the ones who need to get out of town…” —Neil Peart Or the ones who need to get out of jail. “Welcome to Job Fair everyone!” The auditorium filled with clapping and laughter, every seat taken… more Welcome Everyone to Job Fair

A Brave New World of Work

I’ve been a big proponent of the convergence of social, career development and community, especially since I co-founded the highly popular Twitter chat called #TChat. True Talent Communities offer professionals and organizations the ability to connect, communicate and collaborate – not just around employer brands, but also around relevant topics and learning opportunities for candidates,… more A Brave New World of Work

A Bold New Approach to Talent Communities

That’s the way it begins – change – the movement from one state to another, from a static status quo state to a hopefully more progressive and productive state. Like moving from flat two dimensions to a vibrant three. The change begins in small groups, the sharing of new knowledge of what can be done… more A Bold New Approach to Talent Communities

From the Heartland to Hereafter

In the quirky yet poignant coming-of-age movie Moonrise Kingdom, every single frame of film is like a lovely picture-box where the forced perspective of people and imagery is slanted outward toward the viewing audience, inviting you into every second of every scene. It’s fascinating really. Thousands of film frames, these celluloid picture-boxes, collaborating one after… more From the Heartland to Hereafter

What to do with Conspicuous Consummation

You earn the networker and travel badges, post your professional accomplishments and awards, display your peer and previous employer recommendations, share your articles and posts written as well as your speaking engagements spoken at, highlight your education and certification acronyms, share your social influencer scores, and you even share your Twitter stream to those who… more What to do with Conspicuous Consummation

Learn to play nice with girls in tech playgrounds

Come to think of it, they’ve been all men. Unshaven men wearing “Alcatraz” t-shirts and smelling of taco trucks and Mountain Dew and playing Rock Band or World of Warcraft or Words with Friends. Okay, that’s a unfair exaggeration, and my apologies to my tech brethren, but it is true that every single technology company… more Learn to play nice with girls in tech playgrounds