Employee Engagement

One Little Melodic Career Tale At A Time

“Begin the day with a friendly voice A companion unobtrusive Plays that song that’s so elusive And the magic music makes your morning mood.” —Neil Peart (Rush, “Spirit of Radio”) The Viennese composer from London had vanished. For the nearly two years he worked for me prior to that, he had raised thousands of dollars… more One Little Melodic Career Tale At A Time

The Moving Recruiting Money Shots

I played Patrick the recruiter in our customer conference general session skit. It was less than 15 lines and shouldn’t have been a problem. But it was, mostly because I’m a ham at heart and like to improvise whenever possible. Forget the fact that there would be a floor monitor and a laptop showing the players the… more The Moving Recruiting Money Shots

That Magical Mindful Presence Of Candidate Experience

“And with all your magic I disappear from view…” —Coldplay She stopped in the middle of the hall and met my gaze. We shook hands. Other customers, partners and peers streamed around us on either side like a river around rocks. “It was a pleasure meeting you,” I said. She smiled. “Likewise.  This was a… more That Magical Mindful Presence Of Candidate Experience

This Workplace Merry-Go-Round Ain’t Ever Slowing Down

“Midway hawkers calling ‘Try your luck with me’ Merry-go-round wheezing The same old melody…” —Neil Peart (Lakeside Park) We became carnies for a day – midway hawkers calling out from our very own front yard. The main reason was to make some quick cash since my sister and I had already blown through our weekly… more This Workplace Merry-Go-Round Ain’t Ever Slowing Down

Today’s Workplace Contract Of Go, Go, Go

I remember the fear of actually finishing something. Then the fear of executing that something. And then the fear of never quite being good enough. And then the fear of being crushed under the weight of overcritical judgments again and again. And then again, I remember the pleasure of being pushed to perform, even in… more Today’s Workplace Contract Of Go, Go, Go

The 24/7 Employee Engagement Megatrend

“History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of men.”  —Blue Öyster Cult, “Godzilla” The floor beneath me cracked open when the cable guy knocked on the door. My youngest daughter Bryce shrieked with joy. My conference call had just started and I put myself on mute. The crack under my feet… more The 24/7 Employee Engagement Megatrend

E-Mail Health Will Drive You Mad

The bell sounds woke me. They were continuous and getting louder by the second. Ding-a-ling-ding-a-ling! I raised my head and there they were – dozens of them! Then hundreds! Falling from the virtual clouds around me into MS Outlook like a deluge of rain filling bucket after bucket. Ding-a-ling-ding-a-ling! Then there were thousands! I tried… more E-Mail Health Will Drive You Mad

Invest in Being Fearlessly Authentic

“We play the game With the bravery of being out of range We zap and maim With the bravery of being out of range…” —Roger Waters (musician and writer) Small craters pocked the desk around her laptop dock. Tiny tendrils of sulfurous smoke rose from each one, like poisonous snakes entranced by music only they… more Invest in Being Fearlessly Authentic

Empower This Slaphappy World of Work

“A tired mind become a shape-shifter Everybody need a mood lifter Everybody need reverse polarity Everybody got mixed feelings About the function and the form Everybody got to deviate from the norm…” — Rush, “Vital Signs” During day one of my talent acquisition strategist certification class, I drifted and daydreamed… It was the year 2030.… more Empower This Slaphappy World of Work

The Amplified Stuff of Legendary Teams

The 2014 Fall Classic is over. The San Francisco Giants are the big winners (again). Spring training now seems like light years away… …ah, but there’s always time to dream of Little League days of yesteryear… He threw heat like a wild man, his bulging arms and legs flailing from wind up to release. Every third… more The Amplified Stuff of Legendary Teams

The World of Work Needs Huggers, Not Walkers

June 30, 2009 “They call them Walkers.” Rick the recruiter whispered the words like a desperate prayer while he stood at the 10th floor window looking down on the street. Nishi, Rick’s new boss, was puzzled. “Walkers?” “Yes, Walkers,” Rick echoed, and wiped his dry mouth with the back of his hand. Nishi waved a hand… more The World of Work Needs Huggers, Not Walkers

The Conundrum of Converting to HR and CHRO-nity

By the time she met with me, her discomfort and exhaustion were evident. She was vulnerable and it showed: her tired eyes avoided direct contact and her hoarse voice betrayed her disgust. She slowly slid my paperwork in front of me. “Mercy me,” I said. She nodded and closed her eyes. We were all vulnerable… more The Conundrum of Converting to HR and CHRO-nity