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Driving in the car the other day with my kids, they were astounded when an announcement came on the radio that sadly a gentleman who was the oldest man in the world died at the ripe old age of 122, that’s right, 122, passport says born in 1890. See report here Come on, that’s pretty impressive, brings in 2 new centuries, and surviving 2 world wars, a cold war etc. I dips me lid.
My son, gave some rare insight though. “Who’s number one now Dad?” Great question, who knows? But raised an interesting point. You’re only number one in anything for a finite amount of time, only the most experienced, biggest biller, number one ranked world tennis player etc (you get the point right?). The world moves on, the next generation moves in, or something else changes. Sounds like, “The King is dead. Long live the king”, a sobering thought really.
I was excited recently with the launch of “Top Recruiter” for those who haven’t heard about it. It is a “reality show” about Recruiters and Recruiting. Pitching the “best of the best” (implied air quotes too) against each other, to see who is the best recruiter, and apparently help America’s job hunting, with tips and tricks in finding their next job. All for the grand prize of being names “Top Recruiter” and getting the notoriety of being named such. You don’t need to invest too much time to watch the webisodes, mostly (only been two so far) are around 8 minutes and have had more footage of ladies legs from the knee down, fast cars and planes than content. But I feel we’ll get there soon.
They’ve tried to add a bit of spice and controversy to the mix already, by brining in (as a contestant) an ex-husband of one of the previously announced contestants. Who right off the bat endears himself to the public, labelling his ex-wife a “fucking nutjob”.
(OK tenuous long bow here) This guy reminded me of the conversation I had with my son in the car about the oldest guy. Not that he was/is that old, but in the original interview with him to give the public a bit of a bio about himself, he stated something which stuck in my gut. Not to quote directly, (because I’d have to go through and watch this episode again), but he says something like “I defy anyone to show they have more experience in this industry than me” . Seriously? I haven’t read his bio, and he may be an octogenerian with a great plastic surgeon, but I think I’d almost have him covered, let alone luminaries like John Sumser, Steve Levy, Gerry Crispin, hell, Jerry Albright for goodness sake (not calling you gents old.. but….. 🙂 ) I realise on these shows humility probably needs to take a backseat letting ego, and overt confidence take the drivers seat, but please make it realistic, it’s not WWE
During the last few months I have been thinking, studying and reviewing the role of Internal Recruitment within my organisation. It has been a really interesting, revealing and introspective journey. Especially with focus sharpening in the areas of the business which are not what some people would consider as core.
Was I over complicating things? We have our systems, our processes, our metrics. We achieve the corporate goals, the company is making money….. don’t look too hard huh?
So with the aim of simplication, how do I describe my role? My teams function in our organisation? Once upon a time I wrote that I wanted to be a General in the War for Talent… but what good is a General in a detente, or armistice? We are Ambassadors to the outside world for the organisation, we are the Custodians of the culture. Which is more important or significant? We drive and maintain the culture of the company. Is there anything more important than the culture of your organisation? What is the affect of hiring people who just don’t culturally fit in, as opposed to those without maybe the specific technical abilities, but a cultural DNA matches? I know which one I’d prefer to have. I know which one my organisation would prefer to have.
When hiring for my team I have to ensure that people embody the culture, not people who can articulate it, people who can live it, breathe it, prove it, be it… in other words not just talk the talk… the WALK is essential. People, perspective employees can spot insincerity. Imagine having a company “sold” to you, with the virtues of fun, dynamic, innovative, enthusiastic people by a person, who won’t look you in the eye, only read off a script, not engage you and cannot crack a smile to break the ice… hmmmm genuine culture or facade? or even worse think it is their job in an interview to grill or intimidate candidates?
If as an organisation, we can define our culture, live it and believe in it. If it has become a genuine competitive advantage to the organisation, what could be a more important role in the company? Those who are entrusted with the Custodianship of the culture, what could be more CORE business than that?
KISS (keep it simple stupid) principle, pays off once more… Thank you Mr Kiss 🙂