Amybeth Hale – Research Goddess

Running Eagles
August 16, 2007, 5:53 pm
Filed under: Research

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:

“…Running eagles
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.

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Couldn’t Agree any more.

Comment by Mike

I totally agree!!!!
An “old” wiseman once told me “ACES in their places”
Great post as always “Amy Beth” j/k Amybeth

Comment by Amanda

It never fails to amaze me to watch companies force their employees to do what they’re not good at. Especially at the cost of *not* doing what they *are* good at.

I’ve got an idea – how about everybody does what they’re better than almost anyone else at?

Then, if there’s work that’s not getting done, we’ll find someone who is better than anyone else at that work.

Pretty soon, the whole company will be better than any other company.

Crazy, I know…


Comment by Dan Sweet

Nice and knowledgeable gifts for everyone-
books and refrences

Comment by Ayisha

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