Ignite HR 2014: Why You Should Hire Criminals

As I’ve said before, Ignite HR is an intriguing and very different type of conference format.

Speakers get only five (5) minutes, 20 slides and exactly 15 seconds per slide for their presentation, and this makes for a fast-moving and (sometimes) memorable presentation. If nothing else, it moves the topic along pretty quickly.

It’s also why the session title is critical to pulling the audience in quickly. A highly engaging title can really help to pull people into the topic a lot quicker, and in some ways, reduce a bit the fast-moving and sometimes abrupt nature of the Ignite HR format.

A perfect topic for the Ignite HR format?

That’s why the third presentation I saw at HR Reinvention in Omaha last month was one that made people wonder, “just what is this one all about?”

The title really said it all — Why You Should Hire Criminals?

The presenter in Omaha was Nick Jasa, the CEO of One Source, a Nebraska-based Background Check Company. And as you might imagine, his Ignite HR presentation had a little bit to do with his business, background checks, and the fallout that impacts people who want to work but don’t have a perfect track record.

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Interesting topic? You bet; it certainly was for me. But, it seemed to me at the time I first saw Nick do this, as it does now, that a topic like this may be perfectly suited for the quick, five-minute length of an Ignite HR presentation.

Take a look and see if you agree, but for my money, it’s the exact type of subject that this kind of presentation format was really meant for.


John Hollon is Editor-at-Large at ERE Media and was the founding Editor of TLNT.com. A longtime newspaper, magazine, and business journal editor, John has deep roots in the talent management space. He's the former Editor of Workforce Management magazine and workforce.com, served as Editor of RecruitingDaily, and was Vice President for Content at HR technology firm Checkster. An award-winning journalist, John has written extensively about HR, talent management, leadership, and smart business practices, including for the popular Fistful of Talent blog. Contact him at johnhollon@ere.net, connect with him on LinkedIn, or follow him on Twitter @johnhollon.


1 Comment on “Ignite HR 2014: Why You Should Hire Criminals

  1. I liked the presentation format, but the subject better. We are releasing more than 650,000 people each year from jails and prisons. This large talent pool is being ignored as untouchables based on some archiac thinking about our society and the logic that one mistake cancels your worklife forever. Many of those released (as evidenced in the presentation) are employables with talent. So, HR needs to work with top management in changing not only attitudes, but HR policy. Think of it this way. By using this pool judiciously, one could gain a competitive advantage. In essence, start thinking ‘outside the box.’

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