Broccoli: The Next National Security Imperative

Two interesting pieces I read last week combine together into the simple broccoli spear. First, is the book Start Up Nation, which is about Israeli start ups. They are able to innovate faster, more technically, and with the least amount of formality than the US is (most nations really…)

So, here’s the interesting human capital behavior is this: When coming out of the Army, employers advertise for positions based on their military roles – employers know how to “read a military resume” – we have no clue how to do that in the US. I’ve seen some excellent technology to translate US military skills to employment, but it’s a cultural problem that needs to be overcome.

Transitioning to tasty broccoli. The US obesity problem is becoming so severe, that it is  increasingly worrying military recruiters.  (Ironically, could it be that the military will need to next fight food lobbyists to fix the laughable US-endorsed food pyramid? Jaime Oliver as the savior of military recruitment? – not really, but you get the idea).

What can we learn from smaller countries  innovating faster than we are? Certainly something about leveraging all of the resources (people, intellectual) at our disposal.  And, something about the physical health of our people. Does health have a hard link to corporate performance? People performance?  Both pieces are worth a read to explore these topics!

Broccoli: The Next National Security Imperative.


Jeremy Shapiro is an executive in HR at a leading financial services firm, working on talent analytics. Formerly a Senior Vice President of the Hodes iQ Talent Management Suite at Bernard Hodes Group and is a co-author of the HR metrics book Ultimate Performance. Jeremy has coached hundreds of companies in recruiting and HR technology solutions across industries and sizes. Jeremy is a frequent speaker and author on HR technology topics and HR Business Intelligence topics, such as SHRM, IHRIM, the Human Capital Institute, and more. He is a frequent contributor to articles and whitepapers on HR Business Intelligence. Jeremy holds a Masters of Science in Information Systems from NYU and a B.A in Economics from Rutgers University. Specific topics of research include HR metrics, talent management technology, and next generation recruiting technologies.

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2 comments on “Broccoli: The Next National Security Imperative
  1. Jeremy,

    Interesting post on innovation, performance, and food. Could this be why Google has onsite gourmet chefs create a wide variety of healthy and delicious meals every day?

    Many organizations have an external food service organization operate a cafeteria for their office building. I am always amazed at what they deem to be their healthy or less calories. I wonder if the menu would change substantially if their compensation was based on the performance of the clientele that dined their on a regular basis.

    • measuringtalent says:

      Right.. this is the next frontier I think… Harrahs is doing some cool health and wellness like this too.

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