Talent advisors are constantly busy. Not only are they meeting the demands of their job, but they are also constantly looking to improve their knowledge base. They may be reading the latest industry magazines, perusing the latest blog posts (along with regular Talent Advisor content), and expanding their expertise beyond human resources.
Here are five non-HR-related sites any talent advisor worth his or her salt should be checking out.
While Nate Silver’s original website focused on predicting congressional outcomes, fivethirtyeight.com has expanded its reach to cover a whole range of topics. Of particular interest to the talent advisor should be the “Datalab,” which explores the numbers behind many of the decisions individuals and organizations face.
Journalist Stephen J. Dubner and economist Steven J. Levitt have written numerous best-selling books looking at the “hidden side of everything.” Their blog expands what they explore in their books, and their regular podcast is a must-listen for your daily commute. The talent advisor who is looking to influence better her employees would be wise to read and listen.
In a previous post, I recommended Dan Ariely’s book “The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty.” Dr. Ariely continues his work in behavioral economics with a weekly column for the Wall Street Journal that he also shares on his blog. Reading his posts can only benefit the talent advisor looking to hone her decision-making skills.
Why are Milk Duds called Milk Duds? What gives with the Fifth Third Bank name? How long are colds contagious? Dr. Cecil Adams has all the answers. Culled from 30 years of Adams’ weekly syndicated column, The Straight Dope can help the talent advisor separate truth from fiction on a whole host of subjects, including business and economics.
5. The Numbers
To succeed, talent advisors should have a strong background in understanding and interpreting data. As this Wall Street Journal site details:
…some numbers are flat-out wrong or biased, while others are valid and help us make informed decisions. We tell the stories behind the stats in occasional updates on this blog.”
Talent advisors too focused on human resources can find themselves pigeonholed into a single area of expertise. Instead of advancing in the organization, the talent advisor, while excelling in what she does, may find herself reaching a career dead end. Through continuous learning and expanding one’s knowledge base (starting by exploring these five sites), talent advisors can enhance how they make decisions, as well as become wiser individuals in the process. Not only will they be able to look beyond the normal parameters of her workday, but they’ll also be able to understand the perspective of others.
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