The next wave in the free agent marketplace: Crowdsourcing consulting and analytics talent

May 31, 2014 As highlighted in our talent.trends report the increase in the free agent workforce (some predictions state that 40% of the American workforce will be freelancers by 2020) will result in an increase in providers who will broker this talent to organizations building on the models of oDesk, Elance, and Guru. Not only will the provider landscape diversify, … Read More

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Procurement and Talent Acquisition – The New Dream Team?

May 19, 2014 Our employment model is undergoing a seismic shift. A global increase in the contingent workforce fueled by economic uncertainty, advancements in virtual collaboration technology, skill shortages, the sharing economy, as well as millennials’ expectation of a more flexible employment model, demand we rethink the total talent pool available to an organization. We call this phenomenon Talent-as-a-Service, and … Read More

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The Business Case for Women – Really?!

April 14, 2014 Much has been written about women in leadership since I conducted research for our talent.trends report where we identified “Progress at Last? Women in Top Leadership Roles” as one of ten talent trends shaping 2014. More and more studies are being published about the “business value” of women in leadership. I feel about the topic like Goethe’s … Read More

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Minding the Gap – Stories of entrepreneurs who address the skills mismatch

March 31, 2014 In our talent.trends report we articulated the “riddle” of the skills mismatch as follows: Unemployment, especially among the young and the long-term unemployed, remains high. More than 74 million youths were unemployed in 2013 – almost 1 million more than in the year before. At the same time, many companies state they are unable to fill available … Read More

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Still Human – A Peak Into the Future of Work

March 23, 2014 While writing my talent.trends report I couldn’t help but contemplate what new competencies may be needed to meet the ever accelerating speed of technology innovation and how some jobs will succumb to automation and disappear. In the very near future we will start to compete for jobs with robots with very human names such as Watson, Dorian, or … Read More

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