Maureen Sharib

About the Author


Maureen Sharib has been a “Socratic sourcer” her entire sourcing career; from the moment she first picked up the faxed list of Silicon Valley high-tech companies that was her target list to “phone source” in 1996 to today she has instinctively followed this method of investigative sourcing using (mostly) the telephone.  She is a proponent of sourcing as a synonym for success and envisions the craft moving away from a dangerously drudgery-paced life-form existence to an exciting investigative/competitive place within organizations where practitioners co-exist within a framework of market research, human resources, and C-level future planning. She owns the phone sourcing and competitive intelligence firm, Inc. You can contact her at Maureen at or call her at (513) 646-7306.  If she’s not on the phone she’ll pick up!

How to Become a Socratic Sourcer

Socrates believed that the path to knowledge was through questioning beginning at the root of one’s own ignorance. In Socratic sourcing, the practitioner is always asking questions seeking intelligence; everyone is a “source” and each and every source a potential font of enlightenment. As many of you know, I’m a strong proponent of…

If Your Talent Acquisition Department Doesn’t Have One of These, Maybe It Should

“… my awesome company/team is looking for a ninja recruiting coordinator … if you all know anyone please send them my way…” That was posted in an online sourcing group I’m in. Recruiting coordinator — maybe for those departments which lack it, that’s what we’re missing today in the sourcing field. Maybe we need sourcing coordinators instead…

Don’t Forget to Practice Shooting With the Weaker Hand by @MaureenSharib

My gunslinger husband is teaching my soon-to-be/fast-approaching gunslinger status brother to shoot. On a recent practice someone in the group asked why they needed to practice “weak hand” shooting. Because it can save your life, Bob repeated to my brother Tom. Misunderstanding the motivation in the overheard conversation I asked why they didn’t…

How to Find a Person Who Isn’t Listed In the Directory by @MaureenSharib

  One of the interesting things about healthcare is that the greater majority of healthcare workers don’t have a digital footprint that allows recruiters to identify them in the healthcare roles they work in. In other words, they’re not sailing on what Andy Headworth recently called “the supertanker.”   In fact, in that…

When Sourcing Nurses, the Phone Is Your Friend

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections 2012-2022 released in December 2013, registered nursing is listed among the top occupations in terms of job growth through 2022. The registered workforce is expected to grow from 2.71 million in 2012 to 3.24 million in 2022, an increase of 526,800 or 19%….