When Recruiting, Consider the Size of a Person’s Motor

In the earliest days of FedEx (or Federal Express as it was then known), I had two duties as an HR manager that occupied the lion’s share of my time… (1) Finding copious quantities of people (the right people) sufficient to maintain a near vertical growth curve, and (2) trying to get them paid ...

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Optimism is an Essential Requirement for Leadership

Earlier this week, in the first game of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series, the Chicago Bulls, absent three of their star players, traveled to Miami and beat the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat in their own building. I think it’s fair to say that a lot of basketball fans were stunned ...

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Health Care – It’s Time to Move On

In the days since the U.S. Supreme Court’s legal affirmation of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), we have witnessed a cacophany of celebratory victory laps and ongoing bloviating about impending doom, loss of freedom, and death panels. Whether you are an employer, an individual citizen, ...

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Talent Acquisition is More Than Putting Butts in Seats

For some time I’ve resisted the urge to excoriate a term that has been taking more prominent space in the lexicon of HR professionals. I’ve done so largely on the basis that there didn’t seem to be much harm in the emergence of new-agey alternative vocabulary among knowing professionals. I’ve ...

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On Shirley Sherrod… Mr. Vilsack, What Were You Thinking? Where the Hell Was HR?

Somewhere southeast of Chattanooga my jaw undoubtedly dropped open as I listened on XM radio to the emerging details of the saga of Shirley Sherrod, who this week got the bum’s rush from her position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While driving on I-75 en route to the ATL, a route ...

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Getting a Foot In the Door

In a piece last week in the WSJ, Alexandra Levit offered some very practical advice for job hunters. As a long-time internal corporate recruiter, much of it really resonated with me, especially one segment on what she termed, “Connecting the Dots.” According to Ms. Levit, “The best job hunters ...

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Employment References Matter, Period

There seems to be a good bit of scuttlebutt of late surrounding the relative importance of employment references. I overheard a lunch-table conversation the other day in which one party ventured that, “since no one is really looking for a career anyhow, the standards have been reduced on both ...

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On Being ‘Overqualified’ – Job Hunting Tips for Baby-Boomers and Others

For readers who are not looking for jobs at the moment, be thankful, and please pardon the posting of job hunting tips two days in a row. It just seems a bit relevant at the moment. Today’s post is directed largely at the over 50 crowd (or over 40, or whatever age you have to...

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Going the Extra Mile – FedEx Style

As many are aware, FedEx, the world’s largest cargo airline, and my business alma mater, lost two dedicated pilots and an MD-11 aircraft last week in the first fatal crash in the company’s 37 year history. Since our first book, I’ve written and spoken extensively about the company’s high ...

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Job Interviews… Think of Them as a Well-Prepared Conversation

For some time I’ve been writing and stumbling on a piece about job interviews (more stumbling than writing, I’m afraid, until now). Given that more people are seeking interviews now than at any time in recent history (some desperately), the piece seems timely. And, there are fewer and fewer ...

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