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For the want of a nail
For the want of a nail the shoe was lost
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost;
overtaken and slain by the enemy.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of care for a horseshoe nail.

For the want of a nail is a not-for-profits resource site, contributed to by leaders and managers of successful businesses and organisations; sharing anecdotal experiences of actions they have seen or themselves taken, offering unbiased opinions and the benefit of their expertise.

The central themes are organisational talent & performance.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015


Mental ill-health can effect any one of us at some point in our lives and 1 in 4 of us are already suffering from the effects of stress or anxiety. It doesn't need to be that way - and you can do something about it simply by saying I AM GENIUS. read on.....

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Mental Health: A state of mind NOT technology!

"We have developed an app that will revolutionise employee mental health" claimed one of our suppliers. And so it begins. The world wakes up to the impact of mental health on the economy and the feeding frenzy is underway. But what CAN employers concerned about the mental health of their employees really do to help and avoid getting sucked in to box-ticking exercises.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hello again!

So what's changed? 7 years on from the launch of For the want of a nail, I thought it would be interesting to revisit all matters 'talent' and see what's different in 2014?

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Recruiting for recovery

ARCHIVE: All over the UK employers are emerging from the recession and looking to bolster their talent pools once more. History holds many lessons, but how many have retained the knowledge heeded them? This first of a two-part article looks at the implications of how employers have responded to the serious challenges of recession.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Act or face an exodus of talent

ARCHIVE: All the indicators are the labour market will kick-start again early in the new year. Whilst some employers are being proactive to boost sales and productivity, others are still looking to cut costs further. Employer actions over the next fews months will have a significant impact on organisational performance long past the next financial year end.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Who Dares Still Wins

ARCHIVE: We got the self-fulfilling prophecy of a recession - and it hurts for many - but those organisations that act smart will be the ones that emerge with a firm competitive advantage. And guess what? It's still going to be all about people.....

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

How to avoid a recruitment freeze

ARCHIVE: Thankfully, in most cases, common sense is prevailing with regards to the recession mongering and for most organisational hiring departments it's business as usual. Of course, there are exceptions and this post is written to help those who find themselves needlessly in, or heading towards, a recruitment freeze.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

How many mi££ions does it take?

ARCHIVE: Are UK organisations totally desensitised to inefficiencies? How much does your organisation have to lose in hard cash or productivity before your CEO, Chairman, MD genuinely makes talent a priority?

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

The recruiters' time is nigh

ARCHIVE: This is actually 'Happy 2008 Part 3' but, a feature of modern business life being rolling with change, we've an added twist to reflect how the people market is being shaped by events....

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Monday, January 21, 2008

News: Idle Talk Costs...

ARCHIVE: The finance boom might be over, but that doesn't have to mean gloom for everyone else. This post looks at why listening to the doom-merchants can cost you and your organisation dearly

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Part 3 - Recruitment; whose job is it anyway?

ARCHIVE: In the days when hiring was little more than an administrative formality, perhaps it was OK for it to be part of the personnel manager's duties? In this third post on the subject we look at the compelling evidence that points to hiring performance being the responsibility of operational executives, ultimately owned by the CEO.

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Recruitment: whose job is it anyway? Part Two

ARCHIVE: Ownership of hiring performance is one of the key issues that organisations are having to address. Should it remain with the HRD, or is hiring and retention now so critical that it demands a dedicated resource? Part two of this three-part feature takes a closer look at the ownership question.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Employer Brand (again)

ARCHIVE: The last post brought in so much correspondence about the employer brand issue that a follow-up post appears to be in order!

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Friday, November 2, 2007

Glory Glory Hallelujah!

ARCHIVE: Employer branding is just one area where a collaborative approach pays dividends. Instead of vying for individual reward and recognition, maybe speaking with one voice will reap far greater rewards and sooner?

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Recruitment: whose job is it anyway?

ARCHIVE: Hiring, recruitment, talent management, whatever you're inclined to call it, traditionally falls under the remit of Human Resources. Fine back in the days when it was a case of Eeny, meeny, miny, moe and a few administrative formalities.....

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