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'Stigma' against sales jobs hinders Canadian companies' growth - The Globe and Mail
BEN FIRMAN
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jun. 20, 2016

Canada’s technology and innovation sector feels the negative impact of this problem more acutely than any other. As a nation we have a wealth of established and emerging technology firms that are developing amazing innovations, but the two biggest barriers to growth are a lack of investor capital and sales talent. The two are inextricably linked and one will typically reinforce the other. These critical barriers to growth precipitate the failure of many Canadian technology ventures and often see our success stories refocus their operations south of the border. Furthermore, it is not uncommon for Canadian technology ventures to sell at an early stage, perhaps prematurely due to a lack of strategic sales leadership and the necessary sales talent pool that would be needed to take their venture to the next stage.
Kitchener-Waterloo  start_ups  selling  sales  sellout_culture  software  stigmatization  salespeople  talent_pools 
june 2016 by jerryking
Perimeter Institute's formula for a calculated physics reboot - The Globe and Mail
IVAN SEMENIUK
WATERLOO, ONT. — The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jun. 23, 2015

“We want to reboot physics – globally,” says Neil Turok, Perimeter’s director and the driving force behind Convergence, a four-day physics summit that kicked off here on Sunday. Turok wants to channel the daring originality of the likes of: (a) Albert Einstein’s radical rethinking of gravity that gave us warped space and black holes; and (b), Emmy Noether’s first theorem, a tour de force of abstract reasoning that demonstrates the relationship between forms of symmetry in mathematics and the physical laws that govern the way the universe operates-- to help spark a another revolution.

The meeting’s premise is that theoretical physics has worked itself into the tall weeds, getting more complex and less connected to experiment than it ought to be. To get back out, Dr. Turok says, the field needs ideas as rich and startling as those that came from Einstein, Noether and their peers....The challenge in working with such individuals, says James Forrest, who runs the institute’s academic programs, is “how do you teach physics to the people who are already good at it?” It’s a dilemma universities seldom worry about – but for Perimeter, which aims to optimize the randomness of human brilliance, the question is crucial.

Another way in which the institute has tried to leverage the global talent pool is to bring in more female researchers. Women are conspicuously underrepresented in physics but through a funding stream called the Emmy Noether Circle the institute has significantly boosted its share of young women theorists.
Albert_Einstein  Perimeter_Institute  physics  Colleges_&_Universities  rebuilding  revitalization  reboot  physicists  women  Kitchener-Waterloo  randomness  talent_pools 
june 2015 by jerryking
Are book publishers blockbustering themselves into oblivion? - The Globe and Mail
RUSSELL SMITH
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Nov. 28 2014

Whatever they mean, they certainly cannot mean a shrinking talent pool.

So they must mean that they are not, in fact, interested in the real talent pool, or in a wide variety of literature. What they are looking for are bestsellers, which tend to be particularly narrow kinds of books. Most of the gargantuan advances that have made headlines in the U.S. recently are for science-fiction and fantasy books. Every publisher is looking for exactly the same book – basically, they are looking for The Hunger Games again and again. When they say “quality,” they mean “mass appeal.”...But in concentrating on bestsellers to the detriment of other literature, the publishers are simply following the model of all the entertainment industries. Providing an eclectic variety of entertainments to please a diverse audience, as the free Internet can do, just hasn’t been lucrative for the conglomerates that own film studios and recording labels. They are in constant search of blockbusters.

As they grow larger and concentrate their efforts and investments on massive, sure-fire hits – the next Marvel movie, the next Taylor Swift album – the cultural landscape seems paradoxically smaller. It becomes even more difficult to get an indie film made – the huge projects suck the oxygen (financing, distribution, media coverage) out of the biosphere.

In following this larger trend, book publishers are shortsighted. By reducing their involvement in original and challenging art, they relinquish literary fiction to the tiny presses and online magazines, and so become artistically irrelevant and, in the long run, uninteresting even as suppliers of entertainment. Pursuing mainstream popularity with ever-larger sums of money is ultimately self-destructive....Yes, such high-mindedness is all very well for someone who doesn’t have to keep a money-losing, employment-providing company afloat. And Le Guin’s vague rejection of capitalism is not a solution to the immediate problems facing publishers. But her point about taking the long view – about concentrating on valuable literature for the sake of the industry’s general health – is surely a practical one as well.
books  publishing  Russell_Smith  literature  blockbusters  art  short-sightedness  conglomerates  indie  winner-take-all  Amazon  writers  long-term  self-destructive  talent_pools 
november 2014 by jerryking
The headhunter’s role in the digital age - The Globe and Mail
RENEE SYLVESTRE-WILLIAMS

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Jun. 13 2013

headhunters can find and assess candidates to find the perfect person for a particular job. This saves companies a lot of time, she adds, making it worth their while to pay for a headhunter’s services.

“We identify the talent pool for that specific [job] requirement,” Ms. Pastor explains. “We want to find people who don’t contact us. LinkedIn is one tool and there is a small per cent of talented people there because not everyone is on it.”
executive_search  headhunters  LinkedIn  talent  human_resources  leadership  human_capital  talent_management  talent_pools 
june 2013 by jerryking
Big data, cows and cadastres
Jul 5, 2012 | KMWorld Magazine July/August 2012, [Vol 21, Issue 7]| by Stephen E. Arnold.

The hero of the story is a bull named Badger-Bluff Fanny Freddie. Dairy cattle sired by him yield more milk. Genetic information processed by sophisticated numerical recipes yield more efficiency. With Badger-Bluff Fanny Freddie, the dairy industry has an opportunity to convert big data into more milk per head. Therefore, the knowledge generated by big data analytics methods translates directly to money.

The article explained: "Dairy breeding is perfect for quantitative analysis. Pedigree records have been assiduously kept; relatively easy artificial insemination has helped centralize genetic information in a small number of key bulls since the 1960s; there are a relatively small and easily measurable number of traits—milk production, fat in the milk, protein in the milk, longevity, udder quality—that breeders want to optimize; each cow works for three or four years, which means that farmers invest thousands of dollars into each animal, so it's worth it to get the best semen money can buy. The economics push breeders to use the genetics."...The IBM approach is to understand the prospect or customer's problem, develop a plan of action and then assemble the solution from the components in IBM's toolbox....The only problem is that the user-friendly system assumes that the marketing manager understands sample size, the strengths and weaknesses of specific statistical methods and the output itself. Eye-catching graphics is not the same as statistically valid data.
The challenges

The problem in those two examples boils down to people. There is a shortage of staff with big data and analytics skills. The problem is not local; it is global. Data and the need to exploit it are rising faster than the talent pool required to use the sophisticated, increasingly user-friendly systems. Kolmogorov worked with a pen and paper. He could tap into today's powerful system because he had the mathematical expertise required to tame big data. Using a mouse is the trivial part of figuring out cow genetics.
dairy  massive_data_sets  data_scientists  IBM  Google  Palantir  Pentaho  Jaspersoft  talent_pools 
december 2012 by jerryking
Mobile App Talent Pool Is Shallow - WSJ.com
APRIL 15, 2011 | WSJ | Joe Light. Companies Scramble for Engineers Who Can Write Software for Smartphones.
talent_management  mobile_applications  talent_pools 
april 2011 by jerryking
Corporate universities for small companies
Feb 1999 | Inc. Vol. 21, Iss. 2; pg. 95, 2 pgs | by Donna
Fenn. An increasing number of growing businesses are starting their own
universities - ongoing skill-enhancement programs that draw on both
internal and external resources to train new employees and keep veteran
ones current with a rapidly changing business environment. Companies are
now thinking of training as a strategic imperative. Employees are
keenly aware that training is essential to their future marketability
and are making career choices based on opportunities for learning.
Companies with in-house universities report several benefits, including:
1. improved recruitment, 2. increased revenues, 3. reduced turnover, 4.
better employee advancement, and 5. a wider talent pool.
employment_training  corporate_universities  small_business  Freshbooks  recruiting  hiring  size  rapid_change  talent_pools 
october 2009 by jerryking
globeandmail.com - Aggressive bid to tackle city's diversity deficit'
Jan. 27, 2009 | G&M| by JENNIFER LEWINGTON on a program,
DiverseCity on Board, which taps into talent pool of immigrants to boost
number of qualified minorities on public and non-profit agencies
Toronto  diversity  business_development  ideas  Jennifer_Lewington  boards_&_directors_&_governance  talent_pools 
january 2009 by jerryking
globeandmail.com - Wading into the talent pool
Jan. 26, 2009 G&M article by Tavia Grant. Lists
organizations that link skilled immigrants with potential employers.
Lists Loon Lounge--'Facebook with a purpose.'
social_networking  diversity  UFSC  talent  Tavia_Grant  immigrants  talent_pools 
january 2009 by jerryking

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