Welcome? 3 (More) Challenges For the FNG

John Whitaker employee experience, John Whitaker, Onboarding, Organizational Development, Personal Brand, Social Media and Talent

Back in June, I wrote a post describing some of the initial pain points of re-entering the corporate world after years in a role as a consultant. Much of the challenge is acclimating to the new physical environment – dress codes, standard work hours, staff meetings and the like. All of the brick & mortar adaptations that initially shock our …

The Rx for Healthcare Recruiting

John Whitaker Recruiting

Don’t anyone go panic, but I believe we’ve reached a critical mass in healthcare recruiting. Remember all those cool “workforce planning” articles that started popping up 10-15 years ago, each warning about the reduced population of workers compared to the increasing amount of jobs and the wild-ass competitive hiring frenzy that would ensue? Well, howdy folks! In the healthcare sector—it’s here. …

Recruiting: Your Little Brother Is All Grown-Up

John Whitaker Always Be Closing, Business Development, Candidate Pool, Good HR, HR, John Whitaker, Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing

Work in big corporations long enough and you start to recognize the caste system inherent in the professional community. R&D is indispensable, Manufacturing has to actually make the ideas come to life, and then somebody has to sell it, so Sales becomes critical as well. The “big 3” pillars in a company—discover it, make it, sell it. That leaves a lot of the “rest of …

Say My Name…

John Whitaker Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, FOT Reads, HR, Innovation, John Whitaker

Before the magic of Vince Gilligan forever bastardized the name “Heisenberg,” the actual man was one of the more recognized and respected names in the field of physics, and a flat-out pioneer in quantum mechanics. Check out the big brain on Werner is what I’m saying. Google “Herr Heisenberg” and chances are you’re going to find the “Uncertainty Principle” listed at the …

3 Ways To Identify Your “Clock-Boy” Employee

John Whitaker Current Affairs

Ahmed Mohamed—heard of him? You never know the national exposure a story will get when it seems to be localized in your geographic location, but Ahmed is, of course, the infamous “Clock-Boy” of Irving, Texas. As you probably know, Ahmed is the subject of a heart-warming story about a precocious and intelligent young boy who, subjected to the cruelty of …

Physics and HR – Turning Up The Heat

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Are we having fun yet? Or, have I exhausted your imagination with my metaphorical marathon? If you’re late to the party, here’s a brief recap: Newton’s Laws of Motion directly align with our responsibilities to “Move People” An object (employee) at rest will stay at rest. An object (employee) in motion will stay in motion in the same direction and …

Two Weevils (The Lesser Of)

John Whitaker Candidate Pool, Current Affairs, HR, Interviewing, John Whitaker

“Your 10am interview is here; shall I send her back?” “Give me 5 minutes—let me look over her résumé again.” Looking at this candidate’s background, it’s clear that I better be on my A-game or she’ll have me wearing a dunce cap and sitting in the corner. Wellesely? Yale? A law degree? Yikes, maybe I should have a thesaurus close …

Be Deliberately Innovative

John Whitaker Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, HR, Innovation, John Whitaker

Here’s a tip for you, prospective job-seeker… grab a scratch pad and start describing your talents in terms of “innovation.” Look at your list. Now ask yourself this question— “Am I innovative?” If you are one of the 50% of Americans who do consider innovation/creativity as a strength, you could be selling yourself short if that competency is not readily apparent in your …

The Donald – What He Tells Us… About US

John Whitaker Current Affairs

It was June 16th when The Hairpiece announced in his Presidential candidacy speech that “The Mexican government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, and rapists.” Not surprisingly, the reaction was one of disgust, and Trump found two of his most beloved branding opportunities, The Apprentice and the Miss USA Pageant, …

Closing Is What Matters

John Whitaker Innovation, Uncategorized

Oh man, that was really painful to watch. One shot down, one hole to go, and Dustin Johnson pipes two perfect shots that only a select few humans can even dream of. Striding up the 18th fairway, “DJ” had the walk of a gun-slinger—all he was missing was a six-shooter and a black duster. Unfortunately, in professional golf, you don’t make your …