William is the CEO of HR consultancy Tincup & Co.
William is one of the country’s leading thinkers on social media application for human resources, an expert on adoption of HR technology and damn fine marketer. William has been blogging about HR related issues since 2007. He’s a contributor to Fistful of Talent, HRTechEurope and HRExaminer and also co-hosts a daily HR podcast called DriveThruHR. Tweet him @williamtincup and check him out on Facebook and LinkedIn. Not up to speed in the social media game? Reach out via email.
William serves on the Board of Advisors for Insynctive, Causecast, Work4Labs, PeopleReport, Jurify, AppLearn, StrengthsInsight, The Workforce Institute, PeopleMatter, SmartRecruiters, Ajax Workforce Marketing and is a 2013 Council Member for The Candidate Experience Awards. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Chequed.
William is a graduate of the University of Alabama of Birmingham with a BA in Art History. He also earned a MA from the University of Arizona and a MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
10.5 QUESTIONS WITH WILLIAM TINCUP
1. The elevator just closed and you’ve got 30 seconds to pitch the random reader on who you are and why they should read your rants. Go…
I’ll tell you that your baby is ugly. When it’s ugly of course. I mean, only a complete assbag would go around telling parents that their babies look like sausage toast. Shit better be true… which my opinions tend to be. And stop acting like you don’t know who the hell I am.
2. Now for the mundane – break down your location, title, company/firm and what you do for a living.
I live in Texas. The great nation, ahem, state. More specifically, I live in the town where both the Rangers and Cowboys play which is known by mere mortals as Arlington, Texas. I’m the CEO of a one man consulting shop (linkto: http://www.tincup.com). In short, I help HR software companies with regards to user adoption. You know, after the software is purchased… the “duh moment” of how the fuck are we going to get people to use this stuff? Also, I speak at a lot of HR conferences on the subject of user adoption and the dilemmas of social media. Lastly, I’m co-host of DriveThruHR which is a daily HR podcast.
3. One more question that everyone expects. What’s the reason you’re in this game? (why do you do what you do?)
FOT is an outlet for me to say things that normally get pent up inside me. I had an HR blog (JPIE) for 3 years but became tired / bored with daily writing. Mostly because it became a burden and I didn’t enjoy it. I really enjoy contributing to FOT because I can be myself. To manage expectations, I’m NOT a writer… I’m a conveyor of random HR related ideas… so don’t spell check my shit… or send me nastygrams regarding my use of the (…)… do me a favor, fight through it… I usually have something good to say.
4. If you’ve ever been to a professional baseball game, you know batters from the home team get to pick their own theme music as they walk from the dugout to the plate. If we ever have a FOT convention, what theme music will you come out to to pump the crowd up and why?
I want to hear music from the soundtrack of my misguided youth. You know, when alternative music was just that… outside of mainstream. Also, I could care less about the crowd being pumped as I’m the one that has to hit a 95 mile hour curve ball. Just to be clear. I’d have the DJ play “Ceremony” by Joy Division/New Order but covered masterfully by Radiohead. That would make me smile and relax.
5. Let’s stick with the baseball theme. If you’ve ever been to a pro game, you also know that the visitor doesn’t get to pick their own music. The home team picks that for them, and it’s usually less than stellar as a means of attempting to crush them. If you could pick theme music for your arch-rival to walk into a conference room to, what would it be and why?
This is an easy one… I want my arch-rival to come out to “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham! . I want everyone in the crowd to be thinking of George Michael in his classic 80’s getup: blue & white short shorts, pink shirt and yellow gloves. In hindsight, how did anyone think he was straight? Really! The man is way too gorgeous.
6. Finish the following sentence – “When I’m interviewing, I can tell within one minute that this thing isn’t going to work out because I’m working too hard.”
The interview is like the romance phase of any relationship. That’s as good as it’s gonna get and it won’t ever get that good again (Vincenzo Coccotti shout out). So, if a candidate makes me work too hard during the interview I know it will never work long term. The candidate shouldn’t have to work that hard nor should I. If either of us has to force it then someone is sending us a signal. Bail mofo.
7. Name the actor/actress that will portray you in the movie about you. Why the heck is that a fit?
Wes Studi. Like me, he’s Cherokee and extremely comfortable within his own skin. He’s a nice guy but you also get the distinct feeling that you shouldn’t cross him. Nuff said.
8. List three of your favorite books to pander to the educated segment of our readership…
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
The Book of Job (Old Testament)
Decoded by Jay-Z
9. List three of your favorite movies to connect with the segment of our readership that doesn’t like to read…
History of the World: Part I – “Count Da Money!”
Caddyshack – “Ahoy polloi”
Monty Python and the Holy Grail – “Run away!”
Obviously, I’m stuck in 8th grade… to wit, I say “I don’t want to grow up, I’m a Toys’ R Us kid. There’s a million toys at Toys ‘R Us that I can play with! From bikes, to trains, to video games, It’s the biggest toy store there is! Gee whiz! I don’t want to grow, cuz baby if I did, I wouldn’t be a Toys ‘R Us kid!”
10. Let’s reach out to what remains of our readership. Who’s your favorite Old-School Rapper and why?
I’d have to say Kool Moe Dee. His feud with LL Cool J was epic and the formula for almost all future rap feuds. Albeit, LL kinda won that battle but KMD was one of the first rappers with earn a Grammy. How Ya Like Me Now!
10.5. My first car was a… and here’s how it defined who I am….
1979 Cutlass Supreme (Sky Blue). V8. Chrome wheels, fat tires, Alpine stereo (tape and CD). Bench seat in front. Hells yes to the maker bench seating. “Hey, why you sitting all the way over there?” Don’t laugh… shit worked back in the day. Thank goodness I don’t have to date now… my game is weak.