Month: August 2012

The Marben Bland Group Blog

Alex Knapp is the social media editor and a staff writer at Forbes Magazine.   Recently Alex posted an excellent look at leadership from the perspective of none other than James T. Kirk of Commander of the Starship Enterprise.  With attribution to Alex Knapp, I am re-posting his blog comments for my Smart Job Search readers.    

Captain James T. Kirk is one of the most famous Captains in the history of Starfleet. There’s a good reason for that. He saved the planet Earth several times, stopped the Doomsday Machine, helped negotiate peace with the Klingon Empire, kept the balance of power between the Federation and the Romulan Empire, and even managed to fight Nazis. On his five-year mission commanding the U.S.S. Enterprise, as well as subsequent commands, James T. Kirk was a quintessential leader, who led his crew into the unknown and continued to succeed time and time again.


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Check out Spark Hire’s Top 25 Must Read Blogs for Employers – Spark Hire

Check out the top 25 “Must Read Blogs for Employers” — (so excited that some of my fellow HR soc media friends made the list! Big Congrats!!!)

Here are the first 5 on the list — click below and get the full list!

1. HR Bartender is run by author and HR pro Sharlyn Lauby, with frequent updates on timely issues. Like any good bartender, Lauby weighs in on the issues of the day and promotes conversation among a lively group of commenters.

2. The HR Capitalist is the blog of HR pro Kris Dunn, who has built a following with a mix of great, timely information and his fun blogger personality.

3. SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management) is a great source of information for all HR professionals. The site has up-to-date information, surveys, and more to keep busy professionals in the loop with the latest issues in hiring.

4. Tribe HR is a great blog to find detailed posts about everything from hiring to maintaining a good workplace culture.

5. is one of the best blogs when it comes to thought-provoking, timely content focused on the issues facing human resources professionals. Not only is ERE a top blog with quality content, it also has a dedicated base of great commenters bringing their own knowledge to the table.

Spark Hire’s Top 25 Must Read Blogs for Employers – Spark Hire.

Social Media Policy – Take a Page from the Gap’s Policy

In today’s tech and social media world – companies and HR professionals are really looking for the black and white areas in a very grey topic.

Most “social media” experts will tell you that the best policy is no policy. I’ve always had trouble with that mantra — to me, great in theory, but really not practical for the real world. I think that policy may be a strong word — and “guidelines” might be a better one. Its a good idea to set expectations and boundaries. That’s why I really like what the GAP has done with their policy. Its simple, easy to understand, but very clear — and I think stands up as a good guidance regardless what kind of corporate environment or culture your company has.

They divided their policy up into three major buckets: “Keep in Mind”, “How to Be the Best”, and “Don’t even Think About it.”  Check out the policy here. The policy encourages people to use social media — and be themselves with it — but it also gives great points to consider whether you consider them common sense or not.

And weigh in .. what do you think — should companies have a formal social media policy?

I think she says it so well — a great wrap-up. What are your thoughts?

The Wandering Dreamer

Facebook.  Are we friends or aren’t we?  Like a BFF, wondering if she’s been replaced, facebook connections (whether from real life or not) will run the deepest and be the most hurt if (more like when) you decide to “unfriend” them.  Those darned decisions, right?  It seemed like a good idea to “friend” your entire family… at the time.  Until you realize Cousin Sally shares TMI (too much information) and Aunt Betty is trying to “friend” all of your friends to sell them cactus juice from Sedona.  And, oh by the way, if you are “friends” with your boss, may the force be with you.

Twitter.  Don’t tread on me.  Your Twitter followers will expect that you pick a style and live with it.  Like, forever.  If you tweet about Bob Marley, Hipsters and Donald Trump’s hair this week.  Don’t expect to talk about existentialism, Requiems…

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