Let me get something very clear – I really do hate the Top 25 Lists on HR Examiner. I hate them because I’m not #1 on any of the lists – ok, let’s be honest – I’m actually not even #25 on any of the lists. Let’s be more honest, I don’t think I’m in the top 100 – I scored 2! The top person Dean DaCosta scored 153! In HR Performance Management speak that is like saying Dean is your “A” player and Tim is the owner’s crackhead son you are force to keep on payroll. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t know Dean – I’m sure he’s wonderful and knows a ton about recruiting and talent. Number 2 on the list is Matt Charney – someone I do know and respect. Matt knows a ton about our industry – he scored 24 out of 25 on recruiting (for the record I scored “0” – as in zero and as in everybody knows more about recruiting than I – even those on the list who actually have never recruited and aren’t in the recruiting industry) – I think even Matt would admit based on his 24 – I should at least have gotten a point or two…or 25. Matt works for Monster.com, one of the major advertisers on HR Examiner’s website – having him #1 would have sent up red flags – having him #2 makes it totally legitimate.
I consider myself a confident person – especially when it comes to most things HR and Recruiting. Do I think I’m the best and should be #1? Well, yes, I do – but for arguments sake, do I know there are better HR and Talent Pros out there than me? – well, yes – I guess, that’s hard to admit, but logically I know it’s true.
It’s true because there are fantastic people around the country that I reach out to on a daily, weekly and monthly basis – and sometimes a few of these people actually show up on one of Sumser’s lists. Being in the social media/HR/Talent deal for the past 3 years you run into a lot of people. There are a number of frauds that lurk around this playground. There are number of frauds who show up on these lists – which is one more reason I hate these lists. (so now for the record – I hate the lists now because I’m not on them and the frauds)
I hate the lists because so many people read them and comment on them and send out congratulations about them – like it’s a big deal – which it would be if I was #1, but I’m not, so stop trying to make these a big deal! I hate these lists because people use them to promote themselves for branding purposes on their resumes – “I was voted the #7 most influential Recruiting professional by such and such” – and to many folks are too stupid or lazy to do some real background checking to see how substantial that claim really is. (So, now for the record I hate the lists because I’m not on them, frauds, too many people pay attention to them, congratulations messages on my social stream and branding)
I hate these lists because there just doesn’t seem to be enough correlation between what they say they are measuring (i.e., Influence in Recruiting) and then a list of actual people who influence recruiting. Some great pros – no doubt on the list – but for recruiting? Steve Boese – a friend of mind and fellow FOTer – probably the single best source of HR Technology knowledge in the world – not the US – the world. Recruiting/Talent/Sourcing/Staffing/Talent Acquisition? Not the first person I think of in those respects. I reach out to Steve frequently for stuff – but not usually stuff on recruiting – he’s a genius – should be on a number of lists – but this wouldn’t be the first list I would choose for him. What about the true recruiting genius’s in our industry: Glenn Cathey, Chris Hoyt, Jim Stroud – how can they not be on this lists? In fact how can they not be in the Top 5 of this list?! Arguably, these 3 guys know and influence more in recruiting than the Top 25 listed combined.
So, for the record I hate Sumser’s lists because: I’m not one them, frauds, too many people pay attention to them, congratulations, using it to brand yourself, notable missing industry leaders – but mainly because I’m not #1.