in the hospital the week before the contest ended. My wife was staying with him during the day, and I would come up there straight from work so she could go home, see our daughter and prepare his food and sundries for the following day.
Recruiting via social media has been a hot topic around the proverbial water cooler lately, so I took advantage of my down time while he was in the hospital. I spent the majority of the week teaching myself the ins and outs of Web 2.0 functionality. I used my son as a guinea pig, and actually built him a website, blog and twitter account. He's a cool guy - you can find him at: http://SuperGroverT.com
Once I worked out the basic plan of this social media phenomenon, I turned my sights on my professional endeavors. I found my way to Recruiting Blogs and was reminded about the contest. I had yet to find a true inspiration for anything to write about, but a trip to the hospital's "movie cart" changed that. Hidden in the back, in a tattered VHS case was a well-used copy of Mr. Mom. Easily a top-5 movie on my all time list. Side note - even my college intramural basketball team was named "The Jack Butler Method". It was a no brainer to pop it in the VCR (once I remembered how to work one).
The inspiration I needed came in a flash, and my essay was outlined within the first 5 minutes of the movie. Suffice to say it was very fun to write and provided me with some much needed levity in an otherwise stressful time.
Ironically, I was also working on a presentation for a recruiter training session for the following week. Somehow I metaphorically inserted more of Jack Butler's teachings in to a meaningful discussion on process improvement and value creation. I think it was well received - and again I found it a fun challenge. If anything, I hope it gave the group something to chew on that was entertaining and insightful.
Thanks again to all.
Added by Chris Hood at 7:21pm on November 19, 2009
abbing and installing the newest application? Is it as easy as just creating a Facebook page and waiting for job seekers?
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staks scared the crap out of me) and one of my favorite funny men, Will Farrell starred. While the movie, "Land of the Lost" was terrible, there was a line from the movie that stood out in my mind. And that line is the title of this post.
It describes the basic reason a human strives to learn more to educate themselves, to drive technology, to innovate and create. The greatest creators of our generation and past generations have been driven by their need to know. Bill Gates' impetus was his need to know. Steve Jobs and his team's motivation is based upon a need to know. You can bet that Mark Zuckerberg's need to know began in middle school (or maybe even before) when he first started messing around with programming. Michael Dell needed to know if his idea to build a customized and yet more affordable computer would make him money, it did.
Our desire to learn, grow, improve, develop, upgrade, install, maintain, establish, and upgrade again all stems from the need to know, the need to keep searching for answers, for the better way.
The better way is always out there, always waiting to be found, And interestingly enough, once it is found, another better way lies just ahead begging for another search of its whereabouts to begin. After all, that is what the better way is all about - the continuous search and deliver.
The advances that occur in our day-to-day lives keep us on our toes. Finding what you need to find on LinkedIn seems more arduous each day. Becoming an expert is impossible. Being a student is imperative, so never stop learning. That's pretty much all you need to know.
You'll find it in the "I'm Out of My Freaking Mind Department."
--Thank you Matt Lauer...…