James Mayes

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Sporting analogy… why Talent matters via #hrtecheurope

In Conference, Human Resources, Recruitment, Sport on March 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Listening to a great presentation from Mike Psenka of eThority Analytics at HRTech Europe’s spring warm up event.  He’s looking at workforce analytics, performance data and so on.

This slide looks at difference in sporting achievement between 1908 and 2012. Performance improvements over this period for high jump and 100m race were 22-23%. The impact of human evolution is demonstrably minimal. In the equipment section, the winner of the race in the second picture is missing a shoe – so equipment is not necessarily the key differentiator.  In the third section, we see the vast difference in pool available.

Strong correlation? I think so!

Talent identification

 

 

Can’t is a state of mind. Can is a statement of community.

In Community, Personal, Personal Development, Sport, Start-ups on September 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Many will know I’ve been away this weekend with TechBikers. A project kicked off by Google’s Eze Vidra, the aim was to get together a bunch of tech-focussed entrepreneurs and do something epic. For themselves, for this community and indeed for charity.  Well, we did it! Best part of 200 miles cycling in 3 days, Paris to London.  It’s had cheers, tears & beers. Unbelievable physical and mental endurance from all those involved and some fantastic support from many behind the scenes.

My biggest takeway is simply the subject line of this post. Many of those on this ride (myself included) simply could not have achieved this alone. Immensely proud to have done so. It’s changed my perception of what I and others are capable of. It’s also reinforced my belief that people as communities can be spectacularly empowering. That thing about being greater than the sum of it’s parts? Yeah, that. I’ve collated a few photos from the event that, for me, capture some of the spirit, the adventure, the hardship. Undoubtedly, some friends for life amongst this crew. While everyone involved deserves the highest praise for their commitment, I’m also going to use this to a single out a few that really stood out for me.

Eze “like Sunday morning” Vidra. The main man, the inspiration, the rock solid smile!

Ben “The Beard” Southworth. He knows why, but I promised discretion on this one….

Abe “Don’t question me now” Choi. Efficiency under fire, elegant behind the scenes, an absolute lynchpin.

Alex “it’s not water, it’s a rather pleasant Bordeaux” Hoye. That, and the evening attire… nice work.

Bindi “I refuse to change gear, I’m in heels” Karia. For maintaining bling while under water.

Pru Ashby & Andy “Gangnam” Young. Both responsible, I understand, for phenomenal corporate sponsorship efforts to ensure all personal donations went to the charity itself.

Drummond “Terminator” Gilbert. 200 miles. ON A FRICKING BROMPTON.

To everyone though, simply my heartfelt thanks. It’s been the experience of a lifetime. You all worked together to make it possible. To build a library. To demonstrate the power of community. You’ve rocked my world in what now feels like both the longest and shortest three days ever.

For anyone who hasn’t donated but now understands a little more, the fund raiser page is open for another week I believe. If not in my name, donate for Drummond. I say again, 200 miles on a Brompton.

OK, the pictures….

Video: How well do you support your team?

In Human Resources, Sport, Video on July 17, 2012 at 11:28 am

I’d say the main action is about 15 seconds. The following support is around 2 minutes. That’s all I have to say on this one.

How to describe a community managers role?

In Community, Recruitment, Social Media, Social Recruiting, Sport on August 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Reading an article this morning about the joys of monitoring managing social media, illustrated by this image – wanted to share. Whilst it outlines the various roles in a community rather well, I believe it misses the mark with the referee.

Photo copyright 2010. Alana Fisher.

The ethos expounded by Bill Boorman focusses on the role of  the Community DJ – which personally, I think far better captures the role.  Community Manager implies control, direction.  DJ suggests the role is more about creating the right environment for a community to thrive. Indeed, in many of the better matches I’ve seen (whether football or otherwise) the referee creates a flowing game, rather than an exhibition in control.

Also – as I recently discovered, Paul Jacobs deserves the credit for ” Community DJ”.

What makes the perfect community manager or DJ in your world?

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