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I’ve been quiet for the past week or so – highly unlike me! Those of you who know me personally know that there’s been a lot going on, with a lot more in store! In the coming days, I have travel, a new residence to move to, and……well, just stay tuned for the updates. I will most likely have some information around the time of SourceCon! Thanks for being patient with me!
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Carmine Coyote has quickly become a favorite read of mine. I don’t even remember where I found this blog, Slow Leadership, but there are so many good nuggets of information that are presented in each article.
One in particular caught my attention this morning due to my interest in addressing some of the misconceptions that exist within the research community. The misconception is that ALL researchers should also be candidate qualifiers (i.e. SOURCERS). My argument is that you can, in fact, specialize in internet research and not be a candidate qualifier. Some people would argue that to do research, your job description must also include pre-qualifying candidates, thus having contact with them. I was talking with my sister-in-law (who used to be a recruiter) recently about this, and her response to that scenario was, “Isn’t that what a recruiter is supposed to do? That’s what my job was when I recruited – why have a researcher do it when they’re probably better at researching anyhow?”
Now, I am not here to argue for or against sourcing. Each situation is unique, and some call for internet research only while others need a person who sources and reaches out to pre-qualify candidates. What I am going to point out here is what I read halfway through Carmine’s latest post, Teaching eagles to run:
The next step in the farce is taken by those in charge of training. Armed with the competency lists, plus the fantasies peddled by gurus and consultants, they proceed to attempt to ‘teach’ people how to fit the required patterns.
Eagles are given running lessons and told flying is “not what is required” and “not the mark of a good team-player.” Fish are exhorted to grow legs and take up mountaineering. Lions are told to eat grass and mice are exhorted to become “lean, mean flying machines.”
It would all be funny, if people’s jobs and livelihoods weren’t dependent on appearing to go along with this nonsense…”
The idea that is being conveyed here is that not everyone excels in the same areas – so why ask someone in your organization to do something that they clearly are not good at when you have someone else there who is – unless they have specifically requested to develop that weak skill? Let researchers who are good at internet research do just that, and let the people who are good on the phones (the recruiters) be on the phones.
I think this is a ‘motley crue’ 🙂 I am certainly interested to see their skills demonstrated live during the Grand Master Sourcing challenge. Each of them have already won a free pass to SourceCon 2007. In addition, the best of the three will win:
- a new laptop loaded with sourcing tools and goodies for research, AND….
- a complimentary pass to SourceCon 2008 to defend their title as the Grand Master Sourcer
If you have not registered for SourceCon yet, you should! Use the promotional code ABH0730 and receive a 10% discount off the cost of your ticket.
See you in Atlanta!
One of the things that makes a researcher a good researcher is paying attention to the small details. I think the SourceCon challenges are a good case in point. Picking up the minute clues, the little details involved in solving the challenges, will get you there quicker than trying to take a 30,000 ft. overview.
In addition, paying attention to details when conducting research, such as looking at the email formula of a company, or the sequences of the direct dial phone numbers, will help to lead you to additional contact information to other people within the same company.
Finally, on a more personal note, paying attention to details lets people know that you are paying attention to them and not just seeing them as another sheep in the herd. Lots of my research colleagues are Indian and have hard-to-pronounce names. Taking the time to learn the pronunciation of their name lets them know that they are considered as a friend and not just a surface-deep colleague.
That being said, I will let everyone know that my name is spelled with a small “b” and not a big “B”, as my whole first name is Amybeth, and not two words. If you care to know what my middle name is, feel free to ask (but make sure that you spell my name right when you email me!) 🙂
BIG Thank You’s go out to Nathan Gilliatt, author of The Net-Savvy Executive, for his recent posting on AideRSS. According to Nathan, AideRSS is a “new RSS-filtering service designed to help people manage the volume of posts in their subscriptions. It uses a proprietary PostRank metric to group posts from a given feed into Good/Great/Best groups and creates a filtered RSS feed for each.”
The AideRSS site provides a very neat way of describing how its services work:
“Depending on your level of interest in a specific blog or a topic, AideRSS allows you to intelligently pick and filter the incoming news stream. For example, from the diagram above we can see that Dave is professional photographer, hence he likes to read all stories from the ‘Photographer Daily‘. John, on the other hand, who is currently working in the finance industry, is a photo enthusiast and loves to spend his weekends with the camera – he doesn’t want the minute details, but he wants to know what the other photographers are talking about.
In similar fashion, Bob, who is an artist by trade, likes to dabble in photography every once in a while, hence he chooses to read only the great posts. And Dan, who is an engineer, thinks that photography would be a fun hobby, and one he would like to pick up in the future – he just wants to be aware of the community hits.
We all have varying levels of interest in different topics, and AideRSS will allow you to customize your news to match your criteria. Instead of filling up your inbox with hundreds of stories, you will be able to focus your time and energy on the stories that matter. You can still use your favorite RSS reader, simply substitute our custom feed URL and you are ready to go. Alternatively, you can also track the feed on our site, find the authors best content, or flip through the archives.”
Very neat for both the blogger and the subscriber! I decided to try out Research Goddess with this service. All you have to do is provide AideRSS with your feed and it will analyze it for you. Here are my results:
If I am to understand correctly, your PostRank is determined by the number of comments, links via Bloglines, Technorati and IceRocket, and del.icio.us bookmarks. So the more comments and linkbacks you have, the higher ranked the post is. You can then customize your feed and place widgets on your site so people can select what level of interest they would like to subscribe to. The only downside to this is that a lot of times, a great article is posted but there are no comments or very few linkbacks, so the post will not be ranked high and those with a higher flitration RSS will not see the article.
The only concern I would have from a blogger’s perspective on AideRSS would be if using a program to analyze my site traffic, such as Feedburner, would subscriptions through AideRSS be missed by Feedburner or would Feedburner be able to pick those up as well? I don’t want to have to analyze my stats in lots of different places. I could not find the answer to that question on AideRSS’s site, so perhaps someone out there knows the answer to this.
Other than that, this is a sweet tool for those of us who subscribe to tons different feeds!