Business


On Fear And HR


Posted By on Feb 18, 2013

As we turned onto the runway I noticed that he was shaking ever so slightly, his incomprehensible prayers paced with a fervor that made each heaven sent cry a bit more desperate than the last. His hands were restless and began flailing as he struggled to gain purchase or comfort. He balled his fists, splayed his fingers open, then dug them into his legs and squeezed. As we gained speed his eyes went wide and upon liftoff he gazed at...

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On August 27th it was the 8,900 clients of Kenexa. For the 350 clients of Sonar6, it happened on March 8th. For the 5,000 clients of Taleo, the date was February 9th. Hundreds of Rypple clients awoke to the news on December 15th and SuccessFactors’ 3,500 clients learned of it on December 3rd. And despite the sizable number, the 18,000+ combined clients of these firms are but a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of...

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Three days ago I was sitting in a quiet coffee shop when I overheard an all too familiar conversation. Not recognizing or caring that he was in a public space, the gentleman at the table behind me cursed loudly before picking up his cell phone. From his side of the call I could tell that his client was irate, the repeat of “Yes, I understand” and “I’m so sorry” cycling every minute with an increasingly...

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The pause was uncomfortably long but I patiently waited for an answer. The truth may be worse than a lie, his labored breathing telling me all I really needed to know. My question was simply, “Did you read your own RFP response?” Following a few more minutes of squirming, he finally fessed up: “I’m sorry Mark. I didn’t read our RFP response before we submitted it.“ His candor was appreciated but I...

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Six months without a blog post has prompted some speculation in our tightly networked HR community. Had I finally had enough of the HR market? Was I hatching a new start-up? Did I finally get bored with the sound of my own (written) voice? The truth was of such dried-paint dullness that externally sourced conjecture seemed infinitely more exciting. After more than six years, it was time to move Inflexion (and hopefully the industry)...

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