ICYMI Monday: Truman’s Last Laugh

ICYMI Monday: Truman’s Last Laugh

Mike Roberts

This is a regular feature here on the Jibe Blog, in which we uncover some of the best recruitment and technology stories from the previous week you may have missed. But first, we take a little trip in the wayback machine.

Ahhhh, election season. The constant bombardment of attack ads, the clear and present shilling by politicians, the never-ending media cycle. Don’t worry, it’ll all be over tomorrow. But first, we’re taking a trip back to the 1948 presidential election, which ended with one of the most infamous media blunders ever when the November 2nd edition of the Chicago Tribune went to print with the front page headline screaming, “Dewey Defeats Truman.” As we all know, Dewey did not defeat Truman and the erroneous paper has become a case study in jumping the gun or reading too much into the polls.


There’s one element of this story that goes largely unreported. Apparently, a major cause for the error was the fact that the regular printers and typesetters were on strike, leaving that task to a vastly inexperienced staff. And just like that, we have our HR tie-in to this day in history. Sure, the reason for the inexperienced staff at the helm that night was labor strife, but the lesson to be learned still stands: If you make mistakes in hiring and leave critical tasks to unequipped staff, you could end up making legendary mistakes in your business that will stay with you for years. And now, this week’s news round-up… hopefully with 100% accuracy in the headlines.

  • Have You Hugged Your Data Today?
    Dr. Charles Handler gets things started this week with a fantastic piece over on ERE.net all about the dawning of the data age in HR and talent acquisition. As we noted in our Halloween post last week, the shift towards data-driven recruiting and HR is a crucial key to gaining a seat in the boardroom, and the tools available today are making it easier than ever to access and use the data we have. As Handler says, “Easy-to-use technology is a Trojan horse for adoption of a data-centric mindset.” So true.
  • Radical Thoughts on the Digital Transformation of HR
    Once again, Diginomica puts some serious thought into the rapidly changing landscape of HR. This time, Phil Wainewright recounts his time at HR Tech Europe and proposes applying technology to HR not simply for the sake of automating everything, but rather to enable HR to return to its roots as a people-centric business function. Good stuff here.
  • Five Ways to Help Prove HR’s Worth to the CEO
    Over at TLNT, Jeanne Macdonald from FutureStep tackles the issue how to promote the strategic value of HR to the executive level. We’re glad to see that strategic use of data and a wholesale embrace of technological innovation both made the list.
  • The HR Revolution Will Be Technologized
    And lastly, Jibe’s CEO Joe Essenfeld put this piece together for Wired’s Innovation Insights. In it, he urges talent acquisition leaders to borrow from marketing and treat candidates in the same way we treat customers, by making the hiring journey as frictionless as possible.

That wraps it for this week. Don’t forget to vote tomorrow, and don’t rely solely on the newspapers to tell you who won. They may just have it wrong if they’ve hired poorly.

If you come across something you think deserves some extra attention during the week, leave a note in the comments or hunt us down on Twitter @JibePR.

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