How Much is Too Much When It Comes to Relationships with Your Direct Reports?

John Whitaker Culture, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, John Whitaker, Performance, Performance Reviews, Recognition, Recruiting, Retention 4 Comments

You know that side-job you have as the informal HR Advisor for any/all of your friends? It can be enlightening at times, even uplifting, when you hear some of the ridiculous sh*t people are forced to put up with in their workplace. For the situation to reach the “Mind if I run something by you?” stage, it usually entails the …

3 Ingredients Needed for New Manager Success

John Whitaker John Whitaker, Recruiting

Howdy folks, welcome to Texas, home of the folksy colloquialism. In today’s edition, we learn how to make chicken salad! No, no, not the delectable combination of poultry and love scooped on your plate at Corner Bakery. I’m talking about doing the impossible – making chicken salad out of chicken-feathers (this is the SFW version.) This comes to mind whenever college …

Three Things We’ll See In Talent Acquisition By 2022

John Whitaker Audacious Ideas, John Whitaker

On Friday of last week (10/20), I was a guest on Michael Cameron’s daily radio program “Win-Win@Work” and had the opportunity to speak about my favorite topic – building and leading a world-class recruiting team. It’s a wonderful thing when you find yourself leading a team that has hit its collective stride. It’s a magical place, a place where the beer flows like …

Part of The Role is Playing The Role

John Whitaker Career Advice, Interviewing, John Whitaker

I don’t conduct as many interviews these days, having moved a few degrees of separation away from the actual screening process on which we all cut our teeth. But on the occasion where I do have the opportunity to engage in an interview, there’s a 100% chance I’ll lob my pet question at the interviewee: “Tell me something about you …

Herding Cats…and Recruiters

John Whitaker John Whitaker, Managing People

Remember when you had a recruiting desk to manage? You had your requisitions, you had phone screens scheduled, interviews scheduled, you knew your hiring managers, and you developed a rhythm. Cashing checks and snapping necks. And then they went and promoted you. Now as the manager of other recruiters, you confirm what you probably suspected all along – recruiters are a …

4 Ways To NOT Get My Business

John Whitaker Business Development, John Whitaker

It’s part of the game, we all understand. As long as “buyers” exist, there will always be “sellers.” Now, in an age of increasing transparency, there are multiple ways for the two to connect – some ways much better than others. So, realizing this is part of the way business is conducted, I attempt to be courteous to the vendors …

John Whitaker Explains Why the Hourly Workers Shall Inherit the Earth…

John Whitaker Hourly Hiring, John Whitaker, Worldwide FOT

Volume recruiting. The bane of the recruiting experience. I don’t care how good you are as a recruiting professional, until you’ve put on the flame suit and sat in a volume recruiting chair, you’ll never be able to fully appreciate the job – OR the people who successfully DO the job. Like your mailbox, you can clear it out every …

boomerang employee

Drop Your Counteroffers and Bet on Boomerang Employees Instead

John Whitaker Employee Relations, John Whitaker

Nothing quite like a marriage metaphor, right? You’ve heard these stories (or perhaps you’ve lived this story) – after years of asking, pleading, and begging (to a man’s ears = “nagging”) her husband to change his ways to no avail, a woman flips the switch and phhhhhht. She’s gone. Said husband, now realizing that she may in fact be serious …

waiter accountability

3 Things Great Recruiters (and Waiters) Never Say

John Whitaker Coaching, John Whitaker, Recruiting

Waiting tables got me through college, being a recruiter got me through my early years in Human Resources. I was much better at one than the other, which is why I’m not greeting you at your local Chili’s, but a few years serving Monte Cristos served me well preparing for my post-college career. I learned a ton of skills that …

“Elect” to Make Change For The Better

John Whitaker Change Management, John Whitaker

Hey there FOT’ers, Whitaker here, being decidedly un-hip. You know what IS “hip” right now? The emotionally wrought, hyperbolic, “end of the world” post. President-Elect Donald Trump had a remarkable night, people are connecting the dots to Nostradamus, quoting Revelations, and Alec Baldwin is house-shopping in France (again.) Such drama, such hypocrisy, and such non-productive behavior. Exactly as it would have been …