you clean, the comments for DRBC v2.08 continue to accumulate. I now get routine mail from readers who hope that I can help them stop the deluge of notifications that someone has added another comment. I tell them to go to the bottom of the post and press the stop following button. It doesn't work very often (the instructions, not the button, the button always works). Many people need to be told several times how to do this.
As the content in the comments matures it's interesting to see it taking on a sort of Noah's ark quality. First, there were just the boors. Then came horses, pigs. chicken and Cheech and Chong. As the survivors spoke amongst themselves, a conspiracy began to emerge. Like an attempted escape from Stalag 13, various Recruitosphere luminaries plotted the development of a new conversational group (network) featuring, you guessed it, them.
I'm sure that the original content had very little to do with the accumulated comments. Some combination of bad economics, job insecurity and the industry's need for a deep tutorial gave the adventure its energy. The real power in the comments comes from that tight group of potential escapees. What is really clear is that they enjoy each other's company. And they seem to know what they're talking about. Competence and camaraderie is fun to watch.
In the meantime, I've been swamped by vendors who want to demo sourcing automation products. Much of the work currently performed by hard working sourcers is going to become push buttoned in the near future. The time and energy associated with using the internet to source names is in the process of declining. Here's a great free tool for making search strings more easily.
My big take away is that while sweeping generalizations are great conversation starters, the truth is always more nuanced. It would be great to take Maureen Sharib's comments out of the post and publish them separately. They make a fantastic tutorial introduction to the world of telephone sourcing.
So, the next big frontier is how to make Recruiting a strategic function. This is hard when it's agency or contingency work. While Recruiting could be the way that companies really transform their operations, most of it is brute force tactical crap. "We're filling this position to these requirements" is a to do list, not a strategic plan.
I recommend taking a very close look at whatever you can find out about Novotus. This RPO is standing the agency business on its head. They take all sorts of work at a 6% fee and guarantee 100% fill on as many requisitions as you'd care to give them. As a result, they get invited to participate in the company's strategic dialog. The company gets really interested in seeing them succeed.
It's a good business model that simply requires discipline, sourcing automation, process control and commitment to delivery of results. It will be duplicated quickly by a variety of competitors and admirers. It makes me wonder if TPRs will be elbowing their way into the job application lines, trying to get in front of the Internet sourcers.
There are two key pieces involved in prospering during the rest of this economic turmoil.
Get used to the fact that there's nothing left to lose. This is a grand time of reinvention. The consequences of failure are much lower now than in good times. Experiment; get out of the box; assume that you need to retool completely and enjoy the transformation.
Get to know your customers better. If you are just taking orders, you are profoundly disposable. If you are a part of the path out, you are indispensible. Notice that filling a requisition is the way that you get paid, not what you do. Focus on what you do, not on getting paid.
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o the sounds of nature: roosters crowing, coconuts falling or children laughing in the surf. No alarm clocks, as a matter of fact, most mornings I refused to even look at a clock. Sometimes, I woke at 6am, sometimes later.
The demands of daily work, a necessary job, the pressures of deadlines and laundry, the anxiety of an empty refrigerator or the dread of school meetings were nowhere to be found. I also, amazingly, took two weeks off from writing. I did make notes and took pictures but I let go of a challenging routine that I have adhered to for over two years. And after 33 years of never leaving my house without makeup on, ever, I took a chance. I decided I would let that habit rest for two weeks also. I did not wear makeup the whole time I was away, other than a barely tinted lipstick or an SPF lip balm. The first day, it was really strange. I constantly felt like something was missing. But by Day Two, I was digging it and I never once missed it again. It was so freeing. I didn’t wear a whole lot of makeup to begin with, but I did always wear it.
Upon my return, I dreaded having to start wearing makeup again, so I didn’t. I have worn a little mascara on my top lashes, but that is about it. Probably as my tan fades, I may wear a bit more. But here’s the thing, that part of my rest and relaxation came home with me. My morning routine is easier and quicker now. I am happier in the mornings and I can’t really explain why. It may have something to do with the after effects of an actual vacation, a real break from real life. But I like it, one more chink in the chain of insanity. It may seem unimportant to men and even some women. All I can tell you is that I have an unfamiliar sense of freedom and a newness in my life; my life that can be sane, that allows me to remember two weeks of infusing peace.
We all have an anchor that keeps us tied close to the depths of a crazy sea. You may have several anchors, I certainly did. An anchor represents stability and/or immobility. What if that stringent immobility is what is keeping you from reaching your true potential? What if it keeps you from getting the rest you need? Of feeling the love you deserve? Of getting to know the most important people in your life better? And we sometimes confuse anchors with walls. We should stay figuratively closer to our homes, family and friends, and the ties that keep us there. Often, we build walls, thinking they will keep us close. Too often we build those walls on the wrong side, they end up separating us from those we love or want to love.
I am certain that I am done building walls. I am certain that the peace and rest I experienced will continue to change me, mold me into the better person I want and need to become. We so often sit anchored to our pasts or to our desks, when all we really need sometimes is a new wind blowing across the bow or to enjoy the view from the other side of the boat or even to simply look up and see the view. I do now. And I will tomorrow, my quest to mainline sanity will be lifelong.