Monthly Archives: August 2011
It’s official.. I’ve changed my mind.
I used to struggle with the idea of “casual days”. You know those days where you don’t need to suit up in the office, you come in your jeans, or whatever. I’ll be the first to admit, I was brainwashed. I was convinced, and from what I had personally seen, that when you have a casual day in the office, it leads to a real “casual day”. I saw it time and again infiltrate into the psyche of some of my team mates. The edge disappeared, the chats seems to linger over the cubicle, lunches extended out and time on the phone diminished, let’s not talk about client or candidate meetings.
I had a dilemma upon joining Peerlo. The suit was out! and just regular clothes were well… in. (unless meeting clients or candidates face to face). It really threw me, I mean, dressing was easy, a suit everyday, big decisions consisted of which suit, which shirt and which colour tie, and the weekend was the only time I had to think of the rest of my wardrobe. But now, with a good proportion of my work either interstate, or sourcing, I wasn’t always externally facing so to speak. Could I actually work if I was wearing sneakers to work? Seriously? Well over time, (and it has been a year) I’ve grown into it and you know what? I don’t believe it has affected my professionalism. Although now I have more decisions to make and more thoughts to have before I leave the house of a morning. Do I have any meetings scheduled (if not why not?)? are they in person? (in between comes the panic of, “Do I have a shirt ironed?”) and then the big questions come… what to wear today then? Oh lord it gets tough. Lucky I don’t have too many choices, don’t tell my wife I said that 🙂
I’m not sure what it is? Is it a generational thing? Is it a maturity level of the office? Or is it just a changing way of the working life? I have come to learn though, that suits don’t equal professionalism or a measure of work ethic. Maybe I need to get a hoodie like Zuckerberg? Seems to work for him.
I’m excited. Then nerd in me is stirring, the geek is about to come out. Tomorrow I’m off to The Sourcing Summit (#SOSU11).
I’m a sucker for these things, I love being surrounded by great Recruiting minds, a smorgasbord to feast upon for my mind. I’m looking forward to meeting people who, until now, have only existed in the Twitterverse, Facebook or LinkedIn, people I think I know, but am yet to meet. My first ever Recruiting conference with the ATC (circa 2008 I think when Trevor Vas was nice enough to “negotiate” with my then boss to allow me to attend) changed my whole outlook on Recruiting, and thus actually changed my career, opening up a whole new world for me to explore. That was followed up with a few more recent ones, which have opened my mind, my mouth (I struggle to shut up) and introduced me to countless people, who’s brains I seem to pick constantly and inspire me daily. I can’t wait to see how this one ends up. (No pressure guys!)
Not so good will be the 6.45am flight, but it’s the price you have to pay. Plus Phil Tussing has promised me there’s coffee, hopefully I”m not too late and the other delegates haven’t finished it before my arrival, my crying wouldn’t be the best first impression to make.
I followed the Twitter #hashtag today and it seems that there were some great conversations and learning made, let me at it! Good night all, I’ll see you in the morning!
This is just a fun post (well for me).
I was going to a meeting the other day and to keep the noise of the kids out of my head (who I was sharing a train carriage with) I had the headphones in just playing some “drown those kids out” type music. I kept those headphones in all the way to my meeting. It gave me an idea….
How cool would it be to enter every meeting with your own entrance music? (insert imagination dream style music here) “and here…… All the way from up the road….Weighing in at …… An undisclosed number (lol)… It’s Peerlo’s own…… Daaaaaaaaannnnnn Nuuuurooooooooooo” You could change it up depending on the tone of the meeting….
I saw a great example on Chuck recently:
(see Chuck.. http://youtu.be/xxBF8gId7Mo)
This is what I would use…..
What would you choose?