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Picture this.  The year is 2012.  I've just been tapped as a SVP of HR at a Fortune 50 (Exxon?  Wal-Mart?).  Weird deal - the CEO was a Feedburner subscriber to the blog, and he just called me up.  Go figure.  Anyway, I roll into HQ and find out ALL of the previous corporate and field team has donned their parachutes and booked before they even had a chance to meet me.  Nice.

So, I've got key positions to fill.  What's a hack like me to do? Call headhunters?  I don't think so.  I'm goingGecko_4  with the highest end human capital people I know.  The people who have brought it every day for the last 5 years, naked to the world with their thoughts on how to get it done.  That's right - the bloggers...

So I start pounding out the calls and emails.  After two weeks, my team is in place.  It's a good team, one with the talent to make my options worth something when they vest.   As for me?  With this team, I'm staying in the strategy, baby.  A player, like Gordon Gekko.  On the treadmill in the office while doing deals.  Here's the lineup of the team that makes that possible:

At Corporate:

--VP of Compensation - Ann Bares, Compensation Force.  First order of business, make my vesting shorter..
--VP of Benefits - VACANT - A hole in my blogger strategy... Ann will have to fill in, no interim pay... Savings go to my stash of Diet Mt. Dew and Powerbars...
--VP of Staffing/Recruiting - Michael Wolfe, The Career Revolution or Jim Stroud of Jim Stroud 2.0.  Time to fill moves to 40 days or I move to the next guy....
--VP - Employment Law - Michael Moore, Pennsylvania Employment Lawyer & Attorney.  A steady and calming influence around a bunch of freaky type A's...
--VP of Labor Relations - Seth Borden, The Union-Free Employer.  I like bulldogs in this role.  Experience in this firm fits the bill based on my past engagements...
--VP of Training and Development - Rowan Manahan, Fortify Your Oasis.  Need someone who thinks differently, plus the whole Irish thing buys him at least 18 months with a tough crowd of customers at corporate...
--VP - Leadership Development - Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership or Steve Roesler at All Things Workplace run my version of GE's Crotonville...

The Field Generalists -

--VP, HR - Eastern US - Lisa at HR Thoughts calms everyone down when corporate (me) makes bad decisions...
--VP, HR - Western US - Deb at 8 hours & a lunch providing literature and music to show all the value of work/life balance, all while hitting the goals...
--VP, HR - InternationalEvil HR Lady.  She keeps the name and remains in the closet with her identity.  No one challenges her and says "were different" with that mean title on the business cards.  Come to think of it, she gets California as well...

Locked in the Lab:

--VP of Incentive Design/Rewards and Recognition - Paul Hebert of Incentive Intelligence, making the front line happy and motivated...
--VP of HR Branding - Frank Roche of KnowHR Blog, making my cost control ideas look progressive...
--VP of HRMS/Technology - Jason Averbrook of Knowledge Infuser, giving me all the toys to play with...

Now that's what I call a team.  Of course, it will take me three months minimum to negotiate deals with this group of sharks leaders.  They would probably have a wiki going to share notes with each other during the process.... 


This pipe dream brought to you by the HR Blog Power Rankings for the week of 10/8/07!  Rankings below reflect blog entries from September 25th to October 10th across 113 HR-related blogs.  How do we rank them?  Check out the complete Poll Methodology here...

See what rants and riffs spurred my recommendation here...

In our opinion, the top 25 and those also receiving votes represent the best of the HR/Human Capital Blogs.  Thanks to all listed here for your commitment to HR/Human Capital community!

1.   Evil HR Lady (Power Rating- 7, Last Poll - #13)
2.   Fortify Your Oasis (Power Rating- 6, Last Poll - #1)
3.   8 hours & a lunch (Power Rating- 5, Last Poll - #7)
4.   JibberJobber (Power Rating- 5, Last Poll - #24)
5.   Pennsylvania Employment Lawyer & Attorney (Power Rating- 5, Last Poll - #5)
6.   KnowHR Blog (Power Rating - 5, Last Poll - #3)
7.   The Business of Management - John Hollon (Power Rating- 5, Last Poll - #8)
8.   Knowledge Infuser (Power Rating- 5, Last Poll - #11)
9.   All Things Workplace (Power Rating- 5, Last Poll - #9)
10. HR Thoughts (Power Rating- 5, Last Poll - #15)
11. Compensation Force (Power Rating- 5, Last Poll - #4)
12. Incentive Intelligence (Power Rating- 5, Last Poll - #2)
13. systematicHR (Power Rating- 5, Last Poll - #20)
14. The Career Revolution (Power Rating- 4, Last Poll - #14)
15. Three Star Leadership - Wally Bock (Power Rating- 4, Last Poll - #10)
16. Employee Evolution (Power Rating- 4, Last Poll - #16)
17. McArthur's Rant (Power Rating- 4, Last Poll - #19)
18. Execupundit (Power Rating- 3, Last Poll - #6)
19. Jon Ingham's (HCM) Blog (Power Rating- 3, Last Poll - #12)
20. Managed Care Matters (Power Rating- 3, Last Poll - NR)
21. Ask a Manager (Power Rating- 2, Last Poll - #21)
22. My Global Career (Power Rating- 3, Last Poll - NR)
21. Taleo Blog (Power Rating- 2, Last Poll - #21)
22. Suits In The Workplace (Power Rating - 2, Last Poll - #22)
23. The Union-Free Employer (Power Rating - 2, Last Poll - NR)
24. I Hate Your Job (Power Rating - 2, Last Poll - NR)
25. Guru (Power Rating- 2, Last Poll - NR)
(Power Rating - 5, Last Poll -3)

Also Receiving Votes: Marketing Headhunter, Guerilla HR, The Work Clinic, The Future of Work Weblog, XpertHR > Homepage, Brazen Careerist, People Signals, SittingXLegged, cheezehead, Race in the Workplace, Complete Potential, Donald H Taylor, Jim Stroud 2.0, The Human Capitalist, Stanley Bing, Trizle, Talent In China

On Probation/Not Eligible For Poll - The HR Capitalist (Please Read Anyway!!!)

See the game by game results here....


Paul Hebert

What a great intro... If there was ever a doubt about Web 2.0 or read/write or whatever you want to call it - and the value it has for individuals trying to make a difference - you nailed it there.

Again - mucho apreció.


Great play by play Kris. What a team this would be - sign me up - I was born and raised on Long Island so I'd be going back to the old neighborhood :)

HR Wench

I found some new-to-me blogs to add to the reader on this round. Yay!

JibberJobber Guy

Ok, I'm a dork - I still don't get how you do the ratings/rankings... although I think it's the bomb that JibberJobber is in the top 4 :p

Jason Alba
Author -

Evil HR Lady

California? What did I ever do to offend you? :>)

I'm honored to be on your new/future team!

And thrilled that I'm number 1 this week!


Of course the firm is now bloated with VP's and sinks due to the overwhelming number of specialists - well except for Ann!

Wally Bock

Thanks for the honor, Kris. I don't think it has to be Steve or me. I think we share common values, but we have different emphases.

I'll let Steve handle the senior execs and coach them as they move through career transitions. I'll work on the apprenticeship program that leadership development should be. I want to make sure that we select first-time and first-line leaders who have good possibility of success. I want to make sure they have some basic skills training but, more important, that there is an excellent support and feedback system in place on the job to help them develop.

I'd like to work the with HR people to help develop a multiple career path model so that people without the aptitude for leadership won't feel compelled to take on the work because it's the only way to get money and prestige. I'd like to help work out how performance evaluations can incorporate something like Koch Industries' "decision rights."

For the first time since I've been writing that "leadership is an apprenticeship trade," I'm seeing others start to mention that. If we develop a true apprenticeship model for leadership development it will change more than just what's taught in classes.


Wally - Well said. If I'm at a Fortune 50, I need both you and Steve!

Good stuff.....

Thanks - KD

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