Dr. John Sullivan

About the Author

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Dr. John Sullivan is an internationally known HR thought-leader from the Silicon Valley who specializes in providing bold and high-business impact; strategic Talent Management solutions. He’s a prolific author with over 900 articles and 10 books covering all areas of talent management. He has written over a dozen white papers, conducted over 50 webinars, dozens of workshops, and he has been featured in over 35 videos. He is an engaging corporate speaker who has excited audiences at over 300 corporations/ organizations in 30 countries on all six continents. His ideas have appeared in every major business source including the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, CFO, Inc., NY Times, SmartMoney, USA Today, HBR, and the Financial Times. In addition, he writes for the WSJ Experts column. He has been interviewed on CNN and the CBS and ABC nightly news, NPR, as well many local TV and radio outlets. Fast Company called him the "Michael Jordan of Hiring," Staffing.org called him “the father of HR metrics,” and SHRM called him “One of the industry's most respected strategists." He was selected among HR’s “Top 10 Leading Thinkers” and he was ranked No. 8 among the top 25 online influencers in talent management. He served as the Chief Talent Officer of Agilent Technologies, the HP spinoff with 43,000 employees, and he was the CEO of the Business Development Center, a minority business consulting firm in Bakersfield, California. He is currently a Professor of Management at San Francisco State (1982 – present). His articles can be found all over the Internet and on his popular website www.drjohnsullivan.com and on www.ERE.Net. He lives in Pacifica, California.

Recruiting’s Ugly Secret — You Know How Exciting It Is to Work at Your Firm, But No One Else Does

The recruiting leader’s guide to revealing the excitement of working at your firm Consider this sad but all-too-common recruiting scenario. Your firm is an exceptionally exciting place to work. You have great people, great leaders, great products, and to put it bluntly, every employee considers working there to be an amazing experience. But…

Here’s What HR Must Do to Have the Business Impact CEOs Want

A survey released early this year of global CEOs and board chairmen was conducted by the prestigious Conference Board, and it concluded once again that human capital is the top challenge they face. While some in talent management and HR might feel honored to be at the top of the CEO’s watch list,…

Human Capital Is Their No. 1 Challenge, So CEOs Must Demand More From HR!

A recent survey of global CEOs and board chairmen was conducted by the prestigious Conference Board, and it concluded once again that human capital is the top challenge that they face. While some in talent management and HR might feel honored to be at the top of the CEO’s watch list, they should…

Need Innovators? Recruit Those Who See the Glass as Half Empty … and Leaking

Corporate employees can be classified into two categories. The majority of employees must be classified as “the glass is half full” people, who when they look at an existing process or product, they assume that everything is fine. However, a handful of employees can be classified as “the glass is half empty and…

Lies, Deception and Gut Feelings … No Wonder Hiring Fails Half the Time

The Top 7 Reasons Why Your Process Continuously Produces Hiring Failures Unexplainably, few in corporate recruiting attempt to measure the failure rate of new hires from their external hiring processes. However, those who have done the research (i.e. Harvard Business School, The Corporate Leadership Council, and LeadershipIQ) have found that the failure rate within…

Stop the Insanity: You’ll *Never* Reach Diversity Goals Until You Shift to a Data-Driven Approach

If you have direct access to recruiting leaders like I do, you would quickly learn that upward of 95 percent of large corporate diversity recruiting efforts routinely fail to meet their modest diversity goals. In fact, the EEOC reports that diversity employee representation percentages at corporations have barely budged since 1985. The Harvard…

You Can’t Calculate Employer Branding’s ROI if You Omit Its Negative Impacts

Understanding the Top 10 Problems Associated With Having a Strong Employer Brand There are only two long-term strategic recruiting approaches: employer brand building, and talent pipelining. Of the two options, employer brand-building is by far the most powerful. In fact, it was ranked by BCG as No. 4 highest in revenue and profit…

How Using a Single Broad Turnover Measure Can Cost Your Corporation Million$

Business Impact Turnover Measures That Can Dramatically Improve Employee Retention The simplistic and broad turnover metrics used by most corporations hide the real truth about the business impacts of employee turnover. And as a result, few executives realize that the way HR currently reports turnover is probably costing every major corporation millions of…

Peer-To-Peer Recruiting Really Works — Just Ask Kevin Durant

In case you missed it, earlier this month one of the top recruiting accomplishments of the last decade occurred when the Golden State Warriors successfully recruited superstar Kevin Durant. And even though it occurred in professional sports, corporate recruiters in any industry can learn valuable lessons from this amazing recruiting accomplishment. The most…

Opposition Research Provides a Competitive Advantage in Recruiting and Retention

The centuries old adage “knowledge is power” is still true today. And anyone who has ever fought an intense battle in the military, in politics, or over corporate products, knows that you improve your chances of beating your opposition when you have detailed information about what your competitor is currently doing and planning. If…

Predicting Which New Hires Will Quit — a Checklist for Spotting Early ‘Flight Risks’

Corporations are currently encountering the highest voluntary turnover rate in a decade. And when they have to refill the position that was vacated by an employee quitting, it now takes a record 29 days to refill that vacated position. These two statistics combined should be enough to motivate HR and business leaders to…

Don’t Just Fix What’s Broken in Recruiting, Consider What You’re Not Doing

Identifying the key program omissions in talent acquisition One of the key characteristics of strategic leaders is that they don’t just focus on refining existing processes, they are also forward-looking. So they continually ask themselves the strategic question “What is missing that we should be adding?” It’s easier to focus on existing processes…

Important Recruiting Lessons from LeBron, Stephen Curry, and Other Game Changers

LeBron James and Stephen Curry are without a doubt both great basketball players. However, those in recruiting should also realize that these two game changers can also provide many valuable recruiting lessons that are adaptable to corporations. Let’s start with LeBron. If LeBron James was a corporate hire, he would literally be the…

Your Job Postings Aren’t Attracting Top Applicants, and a Simple Test Will Prove It

You simply can’t catch trophy fish with weak bait, and similarly, you can’t attract quality candidates with dull and ineffective job post descriptions. But most corporations simply post their descriptions without design criteria or any pretesting. This is a serious error because a simple side-by-side comparison test approach (borrowed from advertising) can reveal…

The Key Operational Components of an Effective Talent Pipeline

Let’s face reality: most sourcing efforts are extremely rushed. As a result, there is a high probability that in key jobs, your sourcing effort will completely miss a significant number of high-quality external prospects. If you instead want to avoid missing a single top prospect, a superior approach is to stretch out the…