24 September 2012

Celebrating 250 Issues of InSight

Wednesday 26th September marks the 250th issue of InSight. It's also the 5th anniversary, to the day, of the first issue of InSight.
Apart from my annual two week Christmas holiday break, InSight has been landing in your inbox every week since it was first published on 26 September 2007.
I was the first regular recruitment agency-specific blogger in both the Australia and New Zealand markets. Given how significant blogging has become for many sectors over the past five years, regular bloggers are still few in number across the Australian and New Zealand recruitment markets. Just over twelve months ago I wrote Australian and New Zealand recruitment bloggers: A random list which, upon recent review, disappointingly reveals five bloggers on that list no longer blogging regularly (or at all).
Last September, coinciding with the fourth anniversary of InSight, I conducted a peoplepulse survey, which provided me with lots of helpful feedback from readers. I published a summary of those results (175 participants) in November 2011.
On my RossClennett.com website I published a large selection of the many responses to the survey question ‘What do you enjoy most about InSight?’. A typical flavor of these comments being these three:
‘Well written hits the mark, relevant, clearly written by someone who understands recruitment, useful in development, thought provoking, humorous’
‘Ross writes lucidly on the recruitment industry and I value his observations. I see the articles as a distillation and overview of matters of relevance to recruitment that I do not get elsewhere’
‘The articles are often a good catalyst for reviewing what I/we are doing and whether it can be done better’
By way of saying ‘thank you' for your ongoing support I am giving away 10 free Ross Clennett eBook packages.  This package contains all eight of my compilation eBooks (Best of InSight Volumes 1,2,3 & 4 and Best of Ross Recommends Volumes 1,2,3 & 4).
All you have to do is send me an email nominating an InSight article you especially enjoyed, and why, to be in the running to win. Send your responses to ross@rossclennett.com
Special thanks to my Operations Assistant, Liana, for critiquing, editing, formatting and producing every issue of InSight since the beginning - what a star she is!

The Best of Insight 2007 – 2012: What you liked best

Here’s a list of the InSight articles/blogs that proved to be the most popular in each category, from the past five years.
Sourcing, Interviewing and Assessment:


and part 2 (2011)

The Future of Recruitment

The Australian labour market

Recruitment agency commentary

Conference summaries

Office activities and resources


My Favourite Books ... from all those I have recommended in Ross Recommends over the past five years are:
Adventure (non-fiction)
The 1000 Day: Two adventurers take on the world's harshest island (Murdoch Books, 2010) by Chris Bray
Career development
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin (Portfolio, 2010)

Celebrity memoir
Born Standing Up: A comic's life by Steve Martin (Simon & Schuster, 2008)
Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath & Dan Heath (Broadway Books, 2010)

Coaching skills
Solution-Focused Coaching: managing people in a complex world by Jane Green and Anthony M Grant (Pearson Education, 2003)
Happiness/Positive Psychology
The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor (Random House, 2010)

How to Choose the Right Person for the Right Job Every Time by Lori Davila and Louise Kursmark (McGraw Hill, 2005)

Leadership (emotional intelligence)
New Leaders: Transforming the art of leadership into the science of results by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee (Time Warner, 2002)

Management consulting
The Management Myth: Debunking Modern Business Philosophy by Matthew Stewart (Norton, 2009)
Memoir (leadership)
Long Walk To Freedom by Nelson Mandela (Abacus, 1994)
Memoir (sport)
Open: An autobiography by Andre Agassi (Vintage Books, 2010)
Memoir (music/pop culture)
I Was Bono's Doppelganger: A life in the shadows of superstardom by Neil McCormick (Penguin Books, 2005)
Presentation skills
Presenting Magically: Transforming Your Stage Presence with NLP by Tad James MS, Ph D and David Shephard BSc, DES (Crown House Publishing, 2001)
Personal success
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey (Simon & Schuster, 1989)
Recruitment (leadership/success)
Flourish & Prosper by Geoff Morgan & Andrew Banks (Penguin Group, 2005)
Recruitment (science)
Moneyball: The art of winning an unfair game by Michael Lewis (W.W. Norton & Company, 2004)
Recruitment (of top performers)
The Rare Find: Spotting Exceptional Talent Before Everyone Else by George Anders (Portfolio/Penguin, 2011)
Recruitment (consulting skills)
Breakthrough! Exploding the production of experienced recruiters by Steven M Finkel (Placement Marketing Group, 2008)

Relationship building skills
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (Simon & Schuster, 1936)
Selling the Invisible (A Field Guide to Modern Marketing) by Harry Beckwith (Warner Books, 1997)

Self help
Born Genius: Your journey back to the source of true success by Peter Barr (Red Hill, 2010)

Skill development
The Talent Code: Greatness isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How by Daniel Coyle (Bantum Books, 2009)

Social media
Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve reputation and Gain Trust by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith (John Wiley & Sons, 2009)

Time management
How to Get Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen (Penguin Books, 2001)

Head Over Heel: Seduced by a Southern Italian by Chris Harrison (Murdoch Books, 2008)

1 comment:

  1. Well done on 250 published blogs Ross, what a huge effort, thanks for all of your work, advice, commentary and, of course, insight.

    I'm up to 122 posts on The Whiteboard now and can attest to the hard work that goes into it.

    My favourite post was the rant against panels and PSA's in recruitment - fantastic work!