And now for something completely different…
I was speaking recently at the National Association of Personnel Consultants annual gathering of Executive Recruiters that drew over 700 Headhunter types from all around the world. One of the other speakers was a young guy named Scott Ginsberg, a real original. It turns out Scott Ginsberg has worn a nametag EVERY DAY for the last 6 years of his life. He’s been on CNN and he’s in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not to prove it. “Hello, my name is Scott” reads his nametag and he speaks about what? Approachability! (Of course)
You have to see it to believe it so go to www.Hellomynameisscott.com a very entertaining speaker who I would highly recommend. Enjoy.
Being An Executive Recruiter
Funny thing about being an Executive Recruiter is for the first few years you’re in the business no one wants to talk to you. Then after you’ve been in the business for 20 years everybody wants to be your best friend.
People always seem to want to take me golfing now whenever they want to explore their career options. A cup of coffee is sufficient for this Headhunter these days. Lately I’ve had to decline a number of golf invitations because the current job market has been so busy and because I’m such a bad golfer.
I apologized for my golf game (or lack of it) to my good friend Danny Cahill, my golf partner at the Pinnacle Society Golf event recently in sunny Sarasota, Florida. He said to me, “That’s okay, Joe, I always wonder about a guy who’s handicap is a 7, I mean how hard a guy be working if he’s a 7!”
Thanks, Danny, I needed that. Nonetheless, if you know a great teaching golf pro in SFO, your headhunter friend is in real need of a lesson and in the meantime if you’re hiring or looking for a new job…meet me at Starbucks.
As if to rub it in Golf Digest sent me their fifth biennial ranking of America’s Fortune 1000 CEOs, not in ROI but ranked by golf handicap! #1, James Crane, CEO of EGL with a handicap of .8 (Danny would call him a real slacker) and John Mack, CEO of Morgan Stanley, ranks #200 with a 15.7.
The Mindset of Your Kids and Youngest Employees
This is something I like to include every year or two. It will help you understand the mindset of your kids and youngest employees…
Each year since 1998, as faculty prepare for the academic year, Beloit College in Wisconsin has released the Beloit College Mindset List. A creation of Beloit’s Keefer Professor of the Humanities Tom McBride and Public Affairs Director Ron Nief, it looks at the cultural touchstones that have shaped the lives of today’s first-year students. According to McBride, this year’s entering students form “a generation that has always been ‘connected’ and is used to things happening in ‘real time,’ like live satellite coverage of revolutions and wars, instant messaging and movies on demand. They expect solutions for every problem, from baldness to diseased organs. To the chagrin of teachers and parents, they’ve developed their own generational means of communication.”
The Beloit College Mindset List is used by educators and clergy and by the military and business in their efforts to connect with the new generation. Beloit creates the list to share with its faculty in anticipation of the first-year seminars and orientation. “It is an important reminder to faculty, some of whom are only a Ph.D. older than their students, that what we call ‘hardening of the references’ can set in quickly,” according to Nief. “It is meant to be thought-provoking and fun, yet accurate. It often provides the base for good opening seminar discussions as faculty and students address the challenges of examining important issues from differing perspectives.”
- The Soviet Union has never existed and therefore is about as scary as the student union.
- They have known only two presidents.
- For most of their lives, major U.S. airlines have been bankrupt.
- Manuel Noriega has always been in jail in the U.S.
- They have grown up getting lost in “big boxes.”
- There has always been only one Germany.
- They have never heard anyone actually “ring it up” on a cash register.
- They are wireless, yet always connected.
- A stained blue dress is as famous to their generation as a third-rate burglary was to their parents’.
- Thanks to pervasive headphones in the back seat, parents have always been able to speak freely in the front.
- A coffee has always taken longer to make than a milkshake.
- Smoking has never been permitted on U.S. airlines.
- Faux fur has always been a necessary element of style.
- The Moral Majority has never needed an organization.
- They have never had to distinguish between the St. Louis Cardinals baseball and football teams.
- DNA fingerprinting has always been admissible evidence in court.
- They grew up pushing their own miniature shopping carts in the supermarket.
- They grew up with and have outgrown faxing as a means of communication.
- “Google” has always been a verb.
- Text messaging is their email.
- Milli Vanilli has never had anything to say.
- Mr. Rogers, not Walter Cronkite, has always been the most trusted man in America.
- Bar codes have always been on everything, from library cards and snail mail to retail items.
- Madden has always been a game, not a Super Bowl-winning coach.
- Phantom of the Opera has always been on Broadway.
- “Boogers” candy has always been a favorite for grossing out parents.
- There has never been a “skyhook” in the NBA.
- Carbon copies are oddities found in their grandparents’ attics.
- Computerized player pianos have always been tinkling in the lobby.
- Non-denominational mega-churches have always been the fastest growing religious organizations in the U.S.
- They grew up in mini-vans.
- Reality shows have always been on television.
- They have no idea why we needed to ask “…can we all get along?”
- They have always known that “In the criminal justice system the people have been represented by two separate yet equally important groups.”
- Young women’s fashions have never been concerned with where the waist is.
- They have rarely mailed anything using a stamp.
- Brides have always worn white for a first, second, or third wedding.
- Being techno-savvy has always been inversely proportional to age.
- “So” as in “Sooooo New York,” has always been a drawn-out adjective modifying a proper noun, which in turn modifies something else.
- Affluent troubled teens in Southern California have always been the subjects of television series.
- They have always been able to watch wars and revolutions live on television.
- Ken Burns has always been producing very long documentaries on PBS.
- They are not aware that “flock of seagulls hair” has nothing to do with birds flying into it.
- Retin-A has always made America look less wrinkled.
- Green tea has always been marketed for health purposes.
- Public school officials have always had the right to censor school newspapers.
- Small white holiday lights have always been in style.
- Most of them never had the chance to eat bad airline food.
- They have always been searching for “Waldo.”
- The really rich have regularly expressed exuberance with outlandish birthday parties.
- Michael Moore has always been showing up uninvited.
- They never played the game of state license plates in the car.
- They have always preferred going out in groups as opposed to dating.
- There have always been live organ donors.
- They have always had access to their own credit cards.
- They have never put their money in a “Savings & Loan.”
- Sara Lee has always made underwear.
- Bad behavior has always been getting captured on amateur videos.
- Disneyland has always been in Europe and Asia.
- They never saw Bernard Shaw on CNN.
- Beach volleyball has always been a recognized sport.
- Acura, Lexus, and Infiniti have always been luxury cars of choice.
- Television stations have never concluded the broadcast day with the national anthem.
- LoJack transmitters have always been finding lost cars.
- Diane Sawyer has always been live in Prime Time.
- Dolphin-free canned tuna has always been on sale.
- Disposable contact lenses have always been available.
- “Outing” has always been a threat.
- Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss has always been the perfect graduation gift.
- They have always “dissed” what they don’t like.
- The U.S. has always been studying global warming to confirm its existence.
- Richard M. Daley has always been the Mayor of Chicago.
- They grew up with virtual pets to feed, water, and play games with, lest they die.
- Ringo Starr has always been clean and sober.
- Professional athletes have always competed in the Olympics.
Joe Pelayo, C.P.C.
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