Part IV: "Guess how much I love you?" – Gen Y v Gen X and Baby boomers.

Just read this again to my daughter… the book, not the blog… Love it

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I can’t help it… I was going to write another blog tonight, but was given this book from my kids to read tonight and couldn’t resist.

“Guess how much I love you” is a charming little tale of a little Nutbrown hare and his older, bigger, wiser friend Big Nutbrown Hare. It does sound a little sucky really, and the language is simple and easy, the kind that is easy to read to my kids, and fun to hear them recite. Hit “play” above and you’ll see what I mean.

However, my take on this tail..oops I mean tale is based around the generation gap between Gen Y, and Gen X/Baby Boomers. It may be a long bow.. but a lesson to be learned anyway. No offense meant to those Gen Yers reading it.

Little Nutbrown Hare (our poster boy for Gen Y), needs to communicate with Big Nutbrown Hare’s…

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Part II – The Very Cranky Bear – A child’s tale re Consulting and/or Customer Service

Back to the future…. January 2009… damn I’m old… still love this story

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Another of my favourite books I read my kids every night is “The Very Cranky Bear”, by Nick Bland, my son received this book from Santa this year and it quickly became the most requested book in the house.

The imagery is great, the story funny, simple and moving… and yet an amazing learning lesson for Consultants and/or Customer Service professionals.

Brief Synopsis:

“In the jingle jangle jungle, on a cold and windy day, four furry friends found somewhere warm to play”

OK this is where is gets hairy… forgive the pun… our four main heros include, Moose, with marvelous antlers, Lion, a golden mane, Zebra had fantastic stripes, and Sheep, now sheep was plain.

None of them had noticed, that sleeping in their sanctuary of a cave was a bear… a Very Cranky Bear to be precise (AKA THE CLIENT) … who chased them out of the cave…

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Why I blog?

an oldie… wondering if this is still relevant?

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This is an interesting question. Why is it that I find myself sitting in the dark, with the whole household asleep, punching something out on the keyboard? Writing something that will “disappear” onto the internet never to be seen again, maybe read, maybe not. Why bother? What’s in it for me or anyone? Word of my blogging has been building momentum in my social and professional circles, it is getting a mixed review, not so much the content, but the fact that I am actually doing it. When do you get the time? Aren’t you busy? are common questions I am facing. (In case you’re thinking the same thing.. answers are a) late night, b) yes I am.)

This is a hard question to contemplate unless you try it. I started blogging because I was reading lots and lots of articles, reading forums, and I needed to get involved. So…

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Do You WOO!

From the archives, getting more relevant today as our market continues to heat up.

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Is Recruiting still Recruiting? Or are we just intermediaries, forging introductions between an individual and a company?

Hard core Recruiting to me is actively finding/locating, courting and convincing talent that our client or company is the place for them. You see it a lot is sporting fields. High level executives etc. It can’t happen all the time I get that. But with all the talk of Talent Pooling at the moment. How do we look after our candidates?

How do you woo them? And when does the wooing stop?

I heard a story about Jerry Albright recently which inspired me. Jerry is one of my favourite Recruiting personalities and fonts of information. He gets it and keeps things real and has a great product verbalsummary.com (OK exit product placement). Legend has it he drove 6 hours to meet a candidate. He cared, he sensed he needed to do that for…

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Top 50 HR & Recruiting bad asses in APAC featuring – Dan Nuroo

Top 50 HR & Recruiting bad asses in APAC featuring – Dan Nuroo.

 

I pressed a button on WordPress and it did this 🙂

My take on F-Gate

For those of you in the Recruiting game in Australia and NZ, you’ve probably noticed there’s a couple of officianado’s going toe to respectful toe with wet lettuces over the use of the F bomb in a Recruitment Ad. Check this and this.

It’s kinda funny. Well, here’s my 2 cents.  After a lot of soul searching, in-depth analysis and reading all the blogs and comments. I’ve thought long and hard about it, and well, this is what I think about the issue.

Who CARES? 

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 10.54.12 amSpare me.  There are sooooooo many minutes of my life I won’t get back due to the reading of these posts.  I’m sorry brain.

Not to sit on the fence or anything, but really? Both have some good points.  I’ve never been a fan of the idea that there is one way of doing things, who cares if people are trying stuff? I applaud that.  Would I drop the “Magic” in an ad or a bit of external communications for my organisation? No, but then again my company doesn’t roll that way (officially! Of course we swear and muck around in the office, out at drinks, social events etc, but that’s not the image we want to present)

I’m not saying either approach is right or wrong.  It’s a horses for courses kind of scenario isn’t it?

The choice of how to present your company and your opportunity is dependant on your organisation and how you want to be perceived.  I’m going out on a limb and assuming that this is the message that Vend wants to put across.  People will opt out because of it, and others will opt in, that’s the goal right?  The business goal of the Recruitment advertising is to attract the right person to the job.  FULL STOP, no if buts or maybe’s.  That is the purpose.

Reading the “Wolf of Wall Street”, there was a part when the main character was editorialised in the Wall Street journal in an unpleasant way.  Well, they just spoke about the company realistically.  Some people were obviously disgusted, whilst others were inspired and they were beating away applicants at the door the next day.  From a Recruitment point of view…. that’s a big win.

People have branded this attempt at something different as akin to the spoilt brat in the playground shouting “look at me”.  I see that as a lazy and pompous.  Sure they are most definitely shouting “Look at us!” but they are shouting to what they perceive as their audience.  If it’s not your cup of tea then… click on the next ad.  Don’t pour cold water on them for doing this.  Just because you wouldn’t do it yourself doesn’t make it right or wrong, it just makes it different.  And that’s OK

What would my 10 year old self say to me?

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There’s lots of blogs around at the moment in regards to what you would say to the 22 year old version of yourself if you could.

I’m taking a different look. I’m reaching a birthday milestone soon, which is kind of confronting, I’m turning 40. (I’ll wait ’til the gasps of horror and disbelief die down before continuing……… go on… take your time……. Ready? OK) I was thinking, I wonder what the 10 year old me would say to me now?

First I think there would be some shock and disappointment that I wasn’t a Superhero (well I couldn’t admit it even if I was could I, they’re not called secret identities for nothing!), didn’t play test cricket for Australia or captain Carlton. He may be shocked that I fell in love with a girl and married her and raised a family, I mean girl germs.. ewww. (The teenage me…

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A little something from the ATC – The LinkedIn Selfie

Just reposting from here… Sorry LinkedIn but people agree with me

What would my 10 year old self say to me?

There’s lots of blogs around at the moment in regards to what you would say to the 22 year old version of yourself if you could.

I’m taking a different look. I’m reaching a birthday milestone soon, which is kind of confronting, I’m turning 40. (I’ll wait ’til the gasps of horror and disbelief die down before continuing……… go on… take your time……. Ready? OK) I was thinking, I wonder what the 10 year old me would say to me now?

First I think there would be some shock and disappointment that I wasn’t a Superhero (well I couldn’t admit it even if I was could I, they’re not called secret identities for nothing!), didn’t play test cricket for Australia or captain Carlton. He may be shocked that I fell in love with a girl and married her and raised a family, I mean girl germs.. ewww. (The teenage me would be surprised and thankful that a girl actually fell in love with me I reckon, and there was a way out of the “Friendzone”).

He’d probably look at me and wonder what happened to his ribs, I used to be able to see them back then.

If I told him what I did for a job, he’d probably punch me in the face, before really trying to understand what the hell it is that I do for a living. This wasn’t the plan. He would see the fun part though and then laugh that people actually pay me to do it.

He’d be shocked at my “sensible” choice of car and dismayed that I wasn’t a $quillionaire.

That said, I reckon there would be a fair bit he’d be pretty excited about too. Firstly, I’m allowed to drive and actually have a car, I mean that’s pretty cool. I have to shave and finally have hair in places I probably wanted hair then (dismayed at the malting of hair up the top of my head where it really belongs though!)

We’ve done some cool stuff that 10 year old and I. We recognised that my natural ability in the sporting fields peaked around 16 and we took control of our own life from there.

Leaving home at 18, packing up all my things into my little green Gemini car, putting it onto the Able Tasman and moving to the mainland, all for Uni, not knowing too many people, and making a brand new life for myself was a huge risk.

But oh the rewards! The people I’ve met, the things I’ve done, the life I’ve built.

He’d be in awe of some of the travelling we’ve done. Before moving to the mainland, the idea and dream was to see all of Australia, and whilst I still haven’t seen Perth yet, he’d be pumped that we’ve been to Disneyland (and the country surrounding it, I think it’s a little place called the USA, you may have heard of it) , travelled through Europe, Asia, New Zealand too. Ridden Elephants, whitewater rafted, travelled on trains, planes, trams, rickshaws, tuk-tuks, saw Lords, Wimbledon, Madison Square Garden and especially the MCG! All pretty cool stuff. He’d love that I lived in Melbourne and got to go the MCG whenever I want.

Legend from my parents was that asking a young Daniel what he wanted to be when he grew up, I’d answer “a Daddy”. Well I’ve definitely ticked that box, I’ve very lucky to have been blessed with 3 amazing children who are the light of my life and the scurge of my sleep. Although the 10 year old version of me would be a little freaked out that my first mini me is now 10 himself. I hope that I’d see myself living up to my 10 year old expectations of what being a Dad was, as my Dad has always been my hero, I need to be living up to that. He may however be embarrassed by my lack of handy man skills, our Dad could fix anything, I am a handy man’s dream, they make a fortune coming to my house fixing my attempts of trying stuff.

He would probably see I have changed into someone who resembles Mum and Dad in what I say and act at times. Hearing myself say all those things to my kids that I promised I never would. There would be amused head shaking there.

If he’d see the future, he’d see some mistakes and some poor decisions we’d make, but he would have to be seriously excited by the ride he’s about to embark on.

He’d be proud experiences lived, both good and bad, he’d be humbled by the amazing people that have joined him in sharing this journey and have taught us so much.

That 10 year old was fearless, he’d try anything, and he wasn’t afraid to stand up for himself, his filter wasn’t as advanced as it is now, he’d probably whack me for putting up with some of the stuff I have in the past, career wise.

He’d be excited and a little scared by what the next 10 years will bring, as he’d be worried about how everyone he loves has aged in the last 30 years, and for those he’s lost.

He’d be surprised that a circle of friends can extend limitlessly and that people come and go from your circle of friends as life moves on and that your self worth isn’t measured by how many parties you are invited to or how many Christmas cards you get.

He’d remind me that there is a world awaiting me beyond the computer (phone or tablet) screen and that on nice days you have to go outside and enjoy it (and get out of mum’s hair)

I think he’d remind me to keep having fun and don’t take life so seriously or sweat the small stuff. He’d want me to keep looking at the world with wonder and appreciate friends, family and those I choose to surround myself with. He’d still want me to find the time to play every day, remember when lunch wasn’t about eating, running errands or waiting for my next interview to turn up, it was about playing as hard as you could with your mates until the next bell went.

And I think finally he’d remind me that the future is still mine to make, keep dreaming and believing in yourself (as he did)… you could still be an astronaut.

People business’. It is about the people right?

I have a confession to make.  I get confused easily.  That’s it, I said it! 

What’s confused me this week?  Well companies that are in the “People business”, you know Recruitment Agencies, Consulting companies and the like, a quick scan over their websites revealed that a number of them have absolutely no people images on their website, marketing, or if they do, it’s from stock photos, bleck!. 

Surely your people aren’t that ugly that they would scare people away? (unlike this guy, but we still published it!)Image

It astounds me how many places a few people can work, the handshaking champion, the chiseled good looking guy, and those blurry people behind him, that amazing team comprising a old guy, a young woman, a young woman of asian decent, an African American guy etc etc insert cliche here. 

At IMA we thought about this, about the need to showcase our people! We’re pretty proud of them to be honest, but we wanted our website to represent us, not some vanilla vision of what a company, a board or a team should look like. So we engaged a professional photographer (Simone from Enraptured Photography) to assist us in showcasing our people, to show us in the light in which we want to be seen.  Sure the photo’s are edited, cleaned up to look the best that they can, but it doesn’t make them any less authentic.  It’s us, and honestly, it looks a hell of a lot better than, photos put up that we took with our mobile devices or our own DSLR, or heaven forbid stock photos. (OK a certain bias here)

But why? Why don’t companies want to show case their own people? Will it take away from the brand? Will it allow people to try to poach your people more easily? Or is it just too expensive to hire a professional? Or perhaps the imagery on your website doesn’t make that much difference to you?

Maybe you think candidates or clients don’t care about this stuff, it’s all about the jobs you have open, your team doesn’t really matter.  Maybe…. I’m not sure. 

I did a review of a number of Recruitment Agency websites and I rarely saw a photo on it.  Lots of information mind you, but little to do with imagery or their people.  It’s a people business right? Where are the people?

If you don’t think it matters, seriously talk to Carolyn Hyams from Aquent/Firebrand and have a look at what they have done with their Social Media and imagery and tell me it doesn’t matter.

This rant is right up there with….. well another rant I did a while ago… here 

In these days of social media and everything online, I think you need to give yourself every advantage, why not spend the money, if you have it.  It’ll improve your brand, personalise your PEOPLE business even if you cannot define a ROI on it. Although I’m sure Carolyn could!