John makes a great point - other war times have galvanized a nation, primarily I believe because there was a common enemy that for some reason people bought into. Can't figure out - other than for political and a few social reasons - why the masses don't believe the threat of global terrorism isn't at the very least as important and real as the threat was of global communism. Perhaps this one real downside to the Internet - you can see pictures of real terrorists and interviews with Wall Street CEOs and Alan Greenspan on CSPAN saying "Duh" and tweets about conspiracy theories rather than a McCarthyism constructed picture of a red devil. Despite the hardships, WWII brought people together whereas we're seeing a fracturing during this crisis.
Again, John's allusion that this meltdown was bound to happen, is right on: Every balloon will burst if pumped up too much. And this one was blown with political hot air from both sides as well as in different languages.
Dan, I have to read the papers and posit scenarios and strategies because to do otherwise would be akin to crawling into a fallout shelter and having life pass by. While most of the masses wouldn't mind sleeping through this, some of us simply cannot. Whether it's here in the States or down under in Australia, businesses obviously need to grow and to grow implies talent related activities. Those that don't will be shrivel when the economy recovers. Layoffs mean that many who are left behind as survivors (I hate this survivorism that the media focuses on after layoffs; to me it's a reason for employees to hunker down and do just enough to get by) will have at their disposal poor leaders and ultimately to less than stellar results; if this doesn't scream for recruiting better people then I don't know what else can.
For as long as I've been contributing online, I've been adamant that recruiters need to be PESTs - be fully aware of the political, economic, social and technological issues that could possibly impact our profession. Save for occasional posts like this one, there's been little interest in anything other than best ATS, best Boolean string to find resumes, and most unethical recruiting practices.
We need to push and develop the role of recruiting as part of the enterprise strategic planning process. It isn't difficult but it will require recruiters to speak up. And if HR won't do it for you, stick your damn neck out and try talking directly to the CEO.
Thanks Maureen. I will look at it. I have visited the White House twice for receptions. -- years and years ago. It is extraordinary. But at times you almost feel like you are on a TV set. There was stuffed stacked outside between events, etc. We sometimes forget that it is a very busy, crammed office building and a personal residence. You can easily see how someone can get isolated there!
I hope you have a great 2009. Knock it out of the park.
Read this article an let me know what you think.