Talent Getting Old Is Kinda Sad Sometimes…

First up, this is KD writing this and I'm over 40 (I know, I play a lot younger – I get that a lot), so spare me the hate mail.

Talent getting old is tough on a team.  Take the case of Tim Sackett, who turned 40 over the weekend and whose significant other (that's "wife" for those of you with your head in the Tiger Woods gutter) was nice enough to send me theSackett photo appearing to the right to mark the occasion. 

Let's take a look at this photo and examine the downward slide of Tim Sackett since he once was rocking the beer keg in East Lansing with Jud Heathcote:

Hair – Tim's gone to the buzz cut.  He's clearly given up, like my late Grandpa Harry, who used to take a nap on the floor during a lunch break from work due to his bad back.  I used to rub that hair as he tried to sleep on the floor and I would marvel at how bristle-ly it was.  If I ever meet Tim face to face, I'll be reminded of Grandpa Harry.  Cool.

Travel Preference– Let's just say Tim's not cosmo enough to have a Eurorail pass.  He's in Vegas in this picture, like every other 40 year-old you know, so that's not Paris in the background.  If we swung the camera to the right, we'd probably see his Entourage-like posse, except the recruiters who work for him would be standing in for Eric, Johnny Drama and Turtle.  They didn't have a choice, Tim made them come, and he calls the shots at HRU.   That's what you do when you're old, Gex X style.  You find some Gen Y types to boss around; that and wonder when boomers Bill Kutik, John Sumser and John Hollon are going to retire so you can take your rightful place in the talent world's Hall of Superheros. 

Camera-Strap – Seriously, can you get any more white, 40 and midwestern?  Again, he's given up.  Why even bother to hide you're a tourist when you are 40+ and visiting the Strip?  He'll have the strap in the same place when he hits the $5 tables downtown later.  He'll tell you that's the "real" Vegas, to show his Mikey from Swingers sensibility.  He'll soon be playing alone at those tables, since he'll repeat the six Oceans 11 quotes he knows repeatedly, even driving off the grandmas who think he looks like their son.

Buffet-Pass– Look at his left hand.  He's bought a 3-day buffet pass so he doesn't have to deal with the stress of trying to get comped at the $5 tables downtown.  Not before he went to check out the buffet visually, however, just to make sure there was banana pudding on the bar.  He's adamant about that. That's why he's the boss.

We here at FOT are proud to provide a workplace where age doesn't matter, even if you're cranky, cynical and shout out things in your blog post like you're my crazy uncle Steven at the Christmas get together.  Things like this or that.

Happy Birthday, Tim.  God bless the saint known to the world as Kim Sackett.

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Kris Dunn
 Kris Dunn is Chief Human Resources Officer at Kinetix and a blogger at The HR Capitalist and the Founder and Executive Editor of Fistful of Talent. That makes him a career VP of HR, a blogger, a dad and a hoops junkie, the order of which changes based on his mood. Tweet him @kris_dunn. Oh, and in case you hadn't heard the good word, he's also jumped into the RPO game as part owner of a rising shop out of ATL, Kinetix. Not your mama's recruiting process outsourcing, that's for sure... check 'em out.


  1. Lance Haun says:

    Now can we get this kind of action the rest of the week? Or maybe four with a rebuttal on Friday (kind of like a roast).

  2. Tim Sackett says:

    KD –
    I’m just glad she didn’t send you the full profile shot that would have shown my fanny-pack, short-shorts and sandals with black socks…
    By the way – it wasn’t a camera strap – that was the strap to my gun holster holding my “Neener” – that’s how we do it in the midwest – we don’t hide were packin’

  3. John Hollon says:

    Here’s one boomer who would LOVE to get out of the way for the Millennials (yes, I think Gen Y is a terrible term) and Gen Xers if only someone like Kris Dunn would hire me to consult …

  4. KD says:

    Tim and Lance – thanks for stopping by…
    John – of course, you know you’d be the first consultant I would hire….

  5. Mike Pesole says:

    Down with age bashing!!! And That’s the truth of it these days. we now live in a culture where the opedious complex is “the norm”.
    We need to turn this around!!!
    Thank You; MGP.

  6. Maria Denzin says:

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    What are the faux pas, the “oops” and the “wish I would’ve known that” experiences that a more seasoned employee can share with the newbies who lack any kind of political savvy-ness? We’d like to put a discussion/learning event together for our newest employees to help them learn how to navigate in the political waters of a large bureauracy like our company.
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    We here at FOT are proud to provide a workplace where age doesn’t matter, even if you’re cranky, cynical and shout out things in your blog post like you’re my crazy uncle Steven at the Christmas get together.

  8. Kris, you are a terrible person and I cannot believe you have any friends. Kidding. I am laughing so hard.

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