In order for HR directors to cope with contemporary challenges, they need current information. Since HR spans multiple disciplines, it can be a full-time job keeping up. We’ve rounded up the best minds in the industry so you don’t have to.
16 HR Influencers You Should Be Following
1. Ward Christman
Chief Advisor at HR Tech Advisor, Co-Founder @HRTechAlliances
As an applicant tracking system software company, we follow Christman closely. He has over 20 years experience advising e-recruiting vendors. But you don’t need to be an ATS provider to benefit from his guidance. Check out his LinkedIn page where he lists 15 areas of business expertise. Any startup or established company can profit from his knowledge.
2. Glen Cathey
Recruiting, Sourcing, Strategy, Innovation, Ethical AI, Data/Analytics, Search/Match, Lean, Agile, Social Engineering. Speaker, Blogger, INTJ, He/Him
Glen’s Twitter bio line (listed above) reflects his breadth of experience. If you have an applicant tracking system, you are employing technology he helped to develop. When you read his blogs, it’s easy to see why he advises the experts.
3. Sharlyn Lauby
Author, Speaker, Blogger, HR Consultant
Founder of HR Bartender, President of ITM Group Inc.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) named HR Bartender one of the top 5 HR blogs. Lauby posts several times a week, writing about topics that span the HR world and beyond. She’s also the president of ITM Group Inc., a training and human resources consulting firm. She has written books on recruiting, effective meetings, leadership training, and employee engagement.
4. Jon Ingham
Author, Keynote Speaker, People and Organization Development Strategist
Jon Ingham is a global thought leader on values-based HCM and HR technology. Millions of people visit his blog, Strategic HCM, every week. His 2006 book ‘Strategic Human Capital Management: Creating Value through People’ has never been more relevant and should be required reading for any HR director.
5. Trish McFarlane
Blogger, Podcaster, Speaker
CEO and Analyst for H3 HR Advisors, CEO/Co-Founder of HRevolutionize, LLP
Author of HR Ringleader Blog
Trish McFarlane has worked in public relations, public accounting, IT, and healthcare. You can catch Trish on her podcast which she co-hosts with Steve Boese (featured below). You can also follow her on Twitter where she has 43K+ followers. She advises on social media, leadership, change management, training, and performance management. If you work for a large firm that’s growing quickly, it’s worth your while to tap her knowledge.
6. Steve Boese
Blogger, Podcaster, Tech Columnist
Co-Chair of Human Resource Executive’s HR Technology Conference
Steve Boese’s HR Happy Hour Show, has been the most downloaded HR podcast since it was launched in 2009. He’s is also Human Resource Executive’s inside tech columnist. If your HR position requires a lot of IT acumen, Steve is a great resource.
7. Jim Knight
Keynote Speaker, Author, Risk-Taker
Jim Knight’s ‘Culture That Rocks: How to Revolutionize Your Company’s Culture,’ is a bible for HR directors tasked with strengthening their company culture. Since the 90’s, he has been a trendsetter on training, development, and team building. He is active on Twitter where he cranks the fun factor up to eleven.
8. Suzanne Lucas
Blogger, Speaker, Twitter Personality
Creator of EvilHRLady
Suzanne Lucas’ EvilHRLady is legendary in the HR blogosphere for her unique insight and biting wit. Do a quick search on her blog on any HR topic. Chances are, you’ll find several articles in her extensive library of posts. Or join her 27K+ Twitter followers and see what all the buzz is about.
9. Jacob Morgan
Author, Keynote Speaker, Futurist
Co-founder of The Future of Work Community
As a self-described ‘futurist,’ Jacob Morgan is the co-founder of The Future of Work Community. If your company wants to radically transform the employee experience, listen to Jacob’s weekly podcast. He talks to corporate leaders whose organizations are disrupting the workplace. Only have five minutes? Subscribe to his YouTube series ‘The Future in 5’ for a quick shot of inspiration.
10. Laurie McCabe
IT Analyst, Blogger
Co-Founder and Partner at SMB Group
Are you the owner or HR director of an SMB? More interested in the practical than the theoretical? Laurie McCabe delivers pragmatic advice you can act on right now. She’s the Co-Founder of SMB Group, where she helps business owners unlock value from technology. McCabe was recognized as a 2018 Fit Small Business top influencer. For the past ten years, her blog has contained a goldmine of IT and general business management wisdom.
11. William Tincup
Writer, Speaker, Advisor, Consultant, Investor, Storyteller & Teacher
President of Recruiting Daily
William may be one of the most prolific podcasters in the industry, with over 1000 podcasts to his credit. If you are an entrepreneur, there is no one better to follow. His experience extends well beyond the world of HR.
12. Bill Treasurer
Speaker, Author, Consultant
CEO of Giant Leap Consulting
Bill Treasurer has written multiple bestsellers about courage and leadership. He has also advised NASA, CNN, the Centers for Disease Control, and the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs. If you feel like you’ve hit a career plateau, Bill’s your man.
13. Josh Bersin
Research Analyst, Public Speaker, Author
Founder of Bersin by Deloitte
Bersin by Deloitte conducts global research in human resources and HR technology. Bersin writes about global trends in leadership and talent management technology. If you are concerned about employee experience at your organization, check out Bersin’s The Employee Experience Platform: A New Category Arrives. Last month, he launched The Josh Bersin Academy, billed as the the first global development academy for HR and talent professionals.
14. John Sumser
Principal Analyst for HRExaminer
Before you invest in HR software, consult John Sumser’s online magazine, the HR Examiner. It’s the premier authority on HCM technology. No one has a more impressive history in the field. Consider this: Sumser had a PC in 1981 and an email account in 1982. In the 90’s, he documented the first online job boards—when the internet itself was a novelty. If you are trying to tame your processes so you can take a high-level strategic view, you couldn’t have a better guide.
15. Katrina Collier
Candidate Engagement Author, Keynote Speaker
Founder of DisruptHR London, Bristol, Cambridge, York & Glasgow and The Searchologist
If you are struggling to differentiate your recruitment marketing from your competitors, you need Collier’s best-selling The Robot-Proof Recruiter. It is one of the best books on improving the candidate experience and thereby boosting response rates.
16. Meghan Biro
Speaker, Author, Podcaster, Talent Management Leader
Founder and CEO of TalentCulture Consulting Group
Meghan Biro launched the blog TalentCulture in 2008. At TalentCulture, you can find articles and podcasts about recruiting, social business, workplace culture, career strategy, leadership, and HR tech. Meghan draws on her experience advising Microsoft, Google, and IBM and other global giants.
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