Okay, for those of you who haven’t yet discovered the LinkedIn “Answers” page — and who don’t monitor it on a regular basis — I’d highly encourage you to start!  Some fascinating discussions erupt on this site constantly, spread across dozens of highly specific business categories, and many of the commentaries that develop essentially serve as a cutting-edge (and free) form of professional development when you examine the backgrounds of the people weighing in on certain topics…

For example, I use an RSS feed to monitor all of the career-related “Answers” topics on a daily basis, and while some of the stuff is garbage, occasionally you’ll come across a real gem of a discussion thread.  Case in point?  I thought there were some brilliant points made (especially by Tim Heard of eSearch Associates) in a recent discussion that broke out around the subject of whether companies were being too narrow-minded in their parameters for hiring employees in this day and age.

If you click here, you can read through the whole conversation and the wide range of feedback it generated.  See what you think!