The Monday Morning Playback

I keep mucking around with the titles of these Monday posts and if you've been around for the last month or so you might have noticed headlines like Over the Weekend and The Monday Playlist - neither of which worked once I started mixing the types of content. I think this new headline might be the trick though, if not you'll know next Monday. And before getting to the real reason I hope you're reading this post, my Tigers finally won their first conference game in the SEC! But I digress.

In case you missed these the first time around, here are some of the articles and blog posts I read over the last week that I thought were worth sharing:

From "Social Recruiting Goes Wild"
Last week seemed to be a theme week here at The Field Guide, with lots of attention being placed on sourcing and services in the cloud, which is maybe why this piece by Josh Bersin jumped out at me. A concise article which points a finger of innovation at LinkedIn and their impact on talent game (seriously, I've seen their Recruiter platform and it is intriguing to say the least) and starts what I'm sure is going to be an ongoing dialogue for the forseeable future centered around social networking based talent sourcing tools - the bulk of which aren't coming out of established leaders in the industry but rather startups with bold new ideas (for better or worse).

From LinkedIn: "The Secret Phrase That Sparks Creative Solutions"
LinkedIn has a new feature - but don't they always as of late - wherein you can follow select thought leaders (and their insights) on any number of topics without actually being connected to them. Kind of like having your cake and eating it to I suppose. Anyways, Tim Brown (CEO at IDEO) is one such thought leader keeping a blog of sorts on the site and this past week discussed an article that first appeared in the HBR last month about innovation, creative solutions, and the key to supercharging the creative forces in your organization. That key? Three words: How Might We. Take a second, get Tim's thoughts on this simple but powerful notion, and then check out the source article that started it all.

From "Recruiters: Be Your Own Therapist"
This is a bit of a selfish inclusion to this week's list, it's an article I wrote for on the challenges faced by many in the HR profession (with a special focus on talent professionals) and some practical thoughts on how to take on said challenges, bring innovation to the workplace, and create value in your organization. So, check it out and share it or tweet it or plus it (or whatever it's called when you share something on Google+ - I'm still trying to figure that one out).

From Fast Company: "8 Signs You've Found Your Life's Work"
In the same vein, only more eloquently worded is an article from Amber Rae which discusses how to find (or at least recognize it) your life's work and then how to embrace - a bit of an extrapolation on the old phrase "Find a job you love, and you'll never work a day in your life." Rae provides 8 signs the help you identify if you're on the right track, all tinged with a bit of common sense (something most of us could use more of) and topped off with a similar message to my own article -  part of finding a gig you love is  "know[ing] whether it's time to settle in or keep moving."

Now that you're better informed, here's some Monday morning music to get your brain firing on all pistons so you can charge full steam into the week ahead!

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