Why Not Risk Hiring Someone Amazing? Featuring Peter Sursi of the FBI on We‘re Only Human

“And as I have these conversations with hiring managers and my peer executives, I often ask them things like, ‘Who is the best person that works with you that comes from a non-traditional background–would you take more of them?’

And of course the answer is always yes. You can! You can do that. And why not risk the possibility of getting somebody amazing?”

Peter Sursi, Talent Executive, Federal Bureau of Investigation


We’re Only Human — Episode 129


In today’s talent market, employers need to be willing to flex, change, and iterate. “The way we’ve always done it” was always a poor strategy, but today it could be crippling. 

In this episode of the podcast, Ben talks with Peter Sursi, a talent executive with the FBI. Peter’s belief is that employers should open up their hiring to nontraditional backgrounds. This not only supports diversity efforts, but it also helps to diversify talent pipelines and create a more rich and varied set of skills that your organization can tap into. 

Listen to Peter’s passionate plea for companies and hiring leaders, and take him up on the challenge to “risk getting someone amazing” into your next hiring funnel. 


Links and Show Notes

Connect with Peter on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/petersursi/ 

This episode is a replay from our 2021 State of Hiring in Today’s Talent Market event. To hear the entire event and get 3.0 HRCI/SHRM credits, get the free replay on demand here: https://lhra.io/hire21 

Check out our new research on The Great Reprioritization: https://lhra.io/blog/data-preview-the-great-resignation-nope-its-the-great-reprioritization-new-research/ 

New Event: How to Survive and Thrive in Today’s Tight Talent Market

Whew! It’s been a whirlwind on my end for the last few months, and a few things are certainly true:

  • Moving to a new house is hard
  • In-person events are wonderful to experience again
  • Virtual events are here to stay!

With that last point in mind, I am excited to announce a new event happening on October 27th focusing on recruiting, talent acquisition, and how to keep your best people. We’re approved for 3 HRCI/SHRM credits, and we’re so excited to host this awesome conversation in the middle of the most challenging hiring environment that I’ve ever seen.

Register free

One of the things we do consistently is give away prizes to our amazing attendees. To that end, we’ll be sending out copies of books from some of our amazing speakers, some fun notebooks, and more! We would love to have you attend, and if you have a friend who’s also a recruiter or HR leader trying to find the right talent right now, please invite them along as well!

We’ll have a rockstar panel of talent acquisition leaders talking about how they are innovating right now, ideas for how to select the right candidates using science, why we should be reducing friction and frustration in the hiring process, how to hire for potential (not just proficiency), and more!

See you there!

Leading Organizational Change at Siemens with Manuela Brede on We‘re Only Human

“No one likes leaving the comfort zone, but change forces you to leave your comfort zone, your known area. That is also an aspect of why it’s important to start early because you also need to transport the vision for why you change, why you transform things, because if people don’t understand why things are changing and what is the greater strategy, they will find it even harder to change themselves and their behavior.” 

Manuela Brede, Senior Consultant Transformation & Change Management at Siemens

We’re Only Human — Episode 128


Changing workplace technology, practices, or almost any factor in the employee experience is guaranteed to create friction. Why? Because humans are inherently drawn to stability. New data from Lighthouse Research & Advisory shows that while all employees don’t want remote work, many of those that have it want to keep it. 

Today’s discussion with Manuela Brede of Siemens dives into change, change management, organizational transformation, and more. With a robust background of insights into how human and organizational behavior integrate, listeners will quickly pick up on key ideas to help communicate and reinforce change of all types. 


Thank you to the team at IBM for connecting us with Manuela. IBM is doing tremendous work with organizational strategy and transformation for organizations like UnitedHealth Group, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, PayPal, and more. https://www.ibm.com/about/transform-your-work/ 


Show notes: 

Listen to our show archives and get free updates on new episodes: https://lhra.io/podcast 


Talent Intelligence and Compensation with Salary.com‘s CEO on We‘re Only Human

As we provide, billions and billions of data points of pay, job descriptions, skills, information about the organization, information about people… We have all this data and talent intelligence is an emerging super category.

Kent Plunkett, CEO, Salary.com


We’re Only Human — Episode 127


Today, more than ever, compensation is a priority for business leaders in fast-moving organizations. Not sure that’s true? Try mentioning pay equity or competitive job offers and see what comes up. 

In this episode, Ben interviews Kent Plunkett, CEO of Salary.com, about the company’s priorities today. A key item on that agenda? The rise of Talent Intelligence as a category of AI-enabled talent technologies that drive better people and business outcomes. 


Connect with the Salary.com team: http://salary.com/ 

HR‘s Role in Driving Organizational Success with Julie Salomone on We‘re Only Human

“That’s step one is you have to build that partnership. And hopefully now that the iron is hot,  strike it. If you have been supporting your business and organization through this pandemic,  how do you take advantage of that and make sure that now your voice is in the room. Make sure that now you’re using your voice and you’re saying some of these things. I think HR has a unique perspective to your point–we don’t cause a lot of these issues, but we help solve a lot of these issues.”

Julie Salomone, VP of Global Human Resources, Televerde


We’re Only Human — Episode 126


In all the factors that wrap into what a company does, the people are the key enablers, doers, and makers. And HR is the keeper of the people. 

In this heartfelt episode, Julie Salomone of Televerde and host Ben Eubanks discuss how HR can step up and drive success for all initiatives, both talent-oriented and not. Julie talks about what inspires her as an HR leader and offers a clear call to action for today’s talent professionals to step up and lead during challenging times. 



Connect with Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-salomone-mahr-phr-3096212/ 

Learn more about Televerde and their unique approach to talent: https://televerde.com/who-we-are/model/ 

See our show archives, sign up for free updates, and more: http://lhra.io/podcast 

Interviews as a Source of Rich, Actionable Data with BrightHire on We‘re Only Human

“The job of a talent acquisition leader is actually like five or six functions put together. You’re a marketing leader doing outbound and branding. You’re a sales leader, leading a team of individuals having conversations, converting candidates, or an operations leader by coordinating and scheduling and setting up interviews through the funnel. You’re an analytics leader, trying to build dashboards and reporting.” 

Teddy Chestnut, BrightHire


We’re Only Human — Episode 125


In the hiring process, we collect a lot of data. We look at costs, timing, responsiveness, candidate qualities, and so much more. But the majority of companies don’t capture much, if anything, around interviews. And when they do, that happens on a notepad or piece of paper, which is virtually impossible to analyze.

In this episode of We’re Only Human, Teddy Chestnut from BrightHire talks about how his company is enabling powerful insights from interviews at a massive scale, allowing business leaders to use that data for DEI hiring, process improvement, and so much more.


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20 Hiring Strategies, Ideas, and Tips for a Tight Talent Market on We’re Only Human

Thousands of people have been our dataset this year that we’ve been talking to and analyzing and understanding what’s happening. There’s so much research and evidence here to help you. Transparently, I’ve never seen a market like we’re in today. I hope this gives you some good insights and good ideas to solve for the current challenges and an extremely difficult hiring market.

Ben Eubanks
Chief Research Officer, Lighthouse Research & Advisory
Host, We’re Only Human
Host, HR Tech Talks Livestream Show

We’re Only Human — Episode 124

In the rare solo episode, Ben talks directly to talent and HR leaders who are struggling to find the right staff in the unprecedented job market employers are facing. This episode brings a ton of resources to bear:

  • Ben’s hands on experience in recruiting hard to find talent in the special operations aviation community
  • Interviews with more than a dozen forward-thinking talent and HR leaders that are taking a proactive approach to the current situation
  • Data from more than 800 employers from this year’s Talent Acquisition Trends research at Lighthouse

Take notes! And if you have had a conversation with someone in the past 30 days about the challenges of hiring, take a minute to share this episode with them. After all, a rising tide lifts all ships!

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