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.

40 Talent Principles That Represent the Future of HR

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The Future of HR Is Already Here — Dominate Your Industry by Adopting These Silicon Valley Principles If your CEO expects your firm to lead your industry, he/she will eventually realize that this can only happen if the firm adopts a “continuous innovation” model. That means that CEOs in all major industries will…

Add a Chatbot — and Take ‘The Human’ Out of Answering Recruiting Questions


If you think that we are years off before robots will play a major role in recruiting, rethink that notion. Despite all the recent coverage on the broad future potential of chatbots in recruiting, you might not be aware of the fact that “chatbots” (automated conversation agents) have been successfully used for over…

The 2nd Biggest Mistake in Employer Branding — Failing to Measure Employer Brand Strength

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In a related article published last week on ERE.net, entitled “The Biggest Mistake In Employer Branding — Failing To Measure The Business Impacts of Employer Branding” I highlighted the importance of measuring and reporting the business impacts of employer branding . This first step is critical because all too many employer branding leaders…

The Biggest Mistake In Employer Branding — Failing to Measure the Business Impacts of Employer Branding


In my experience, the current state of employer branding is dismal. I have been developing employer branding solutions since before the advent of electricity it seems — back when it was called Employer of Choice. Since then, we have shifted to the term employer branding, but unfortunately, little else has changed for the…

The Powerful and Lasting Lessons You Learn From Failure


There are few things in business that have a higher economic value than innovation. But unfortunately, along with that economic value come a lot of issues that need to be addressed in order to maximize innovation. One of the most common but powerful occurrences that frustrate those who are innovating or managing innovation is…

Getting Managers to Take Action on Turnover … By Using Heat Maps and Dollar Impacts

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Turnover rates are reaching record levels at many firms. But many managers aren’t paying much attention to turnover because, in the corporate world, most turnover reports are barely scanned. And even when they are read, the way that most turnover numbers are presented simply don’t drive managers to act. And that’s a huge…

Sabermetrics — the Future of Corporate Talent Metrics … Is Already Here


If your talent management function absolutely requires advanced metrics covering every aspect of how to manage top talent, look no further than Major League Baseball. Now hold on for a minute, just because you don’t understand or even like baseball, don’t turn away. Because the baseball metric approach is world-class; it is worth learning…

A ‘Most-wanted List’ — a Forward-looking Way to Hire Exceptional Talent

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One of the most frequent questions that I get is, “What are the best practices in recruiting?” Well, one best practice that always appears near the top of my list is developing a “most wanted list.” Unfortunately, this approach is rare in the corporate world, where 100 percent of all hiring is “immediate…