My current favorite sports talk show is the Russillo and Kanell Show that airs nationally on ESPN radio. On the show, the hosts occasionally do a 'rated' segment where they categorize sports teams, players, and other aspects of sports and pop culture into one of three buckets. 'Overrated' for things they think are generally praised or valued more than they should be. 'Underrated' for the opposite - things that do not get enough attention or accolades. And finally 'Properly' rated, for the things that receive about the correct level of praise or derision.
It is a fun segment, complete with sound effects, and in the spirit of running out of good ideas this week, I am going to steal borrow for this site. So here goes, the first in what may be a series if I remember to do this again, of 'Over, Under, and Properly Rated' (SFB edition). Expect a mix of HR, workplace, Tech, sports, pop culture, and whatever else comes to mind.
1. SaaS - Yes, it's better than on-premise. Yes, innovation and upgrades come faster. Yes, in some cases total cost of ownership can be less than traditional software. But implementations are still tricky, integration can be a hassle, and the amount of vendor FUD is astronomical. I am not saying SaaS is 'bad', just perhaps a little over-promised and a little overrated.
2. Apple - more and more, the hardware matters less and less. As long as Pokemon GO works, who cares about the device?
3. Employee pulse surveys - Asking employees what they think once a year is probably not often enough. Asking them every day? Probably too much.
4. Company Culture - Important, sure. But not more important than Talent or Strategy.
5. Pokemon GO - It is kind of fun. Just kind of.
1. Turning off smart phone notifications - You will be amazed how much more relaxed and focused you will be
2. Amazon - How can the biggest e-commerce titan be underrated? Because they are into everything - enterprise cloud services, content, droned, spaceships, and who knows what else.
3. Single sign-on - Where did I put that piece of paper with all my passwords again?
4. The New York Knicks - A playoff team in 2016-2017. I am sure of that.
5. Big Brother - Yes, I am watching this again. I actually am watching it as I write this post.
1. Candidate experience - Yes, it is important. It is about as important as lots of things that are all kind of important. You need to spend some time on it. Just some.
2. Twitter - Probably not as influential and important as it could/should have been. Probably not as 'dead' as some pundits like to think.
3. The Olympics - I don't know anyone who loves the Olympics. But most of us watch at least some of the Olympics.
4. The Golden State Warriors - Vegas had the over/under on Warriors wins for next season at 68.5, which seems just about right to me.
5. LinkedIn - It is slowly but steadily becoming more pointless by the day. But you still need to make sure you have a complete profile on there and pretend you care about it once in a while
What do you think? Do I have it right?
Is this post itself over, under, or properly rated?