Focus Daniel-san

September 2nd, 2015

My friend Joe recently wrote an article about chasing 2 rabbits.  Great post and relevant to a conversation I had with someone at lunch today. It all comes back to focus. In 13 years of owning a company, it took me likely the first 10 years to recognize that I lacked focus in a big …

Are you building a “poach-worthy” company?

August 31st, 2015

I remember an email conversation I had back in 1999 – just a short while after I started in this industry.  The guy who emailed me didn’t know me at all.  He was the founder of a large company in Phoenix and had actually started a couple of other companies in Phoenix previously – if …

Why did “they” get the job?

August 28th, 2015

Who can tell me how many interviews are being conducted every minute of every day? I don’t know the answer, just curious if anyone does. My guess – it is a lot. Maybe even a ton. Of those interviews that are happening, how many people walk away thinking, “yeah, I got that job.” Going with …

Red Rover, Red Rover

August 26th, 2015

Probably dating myself a bit and potentially even alienating people.  Red rover, red rover was a game that we used to play on the playground when I was a kid.  A game, like so many others that are no longer played on playgrounds throughout the country, that has been deemed inappropriate. I can make some …

Looking to relocate? Employers should be open to it

August 24th, 2015

For a long time, the rule of thumb regarding out-of-town addresses on resumes was to toss them into the “maybe but probably not” pile. Employers were understandably wary of considering out-of-town candidates for a number of reasons. Scheduling interviews was problematic, for one thing; being expected to help new hires pay to relocate was too. …

Hire someone new or promote from within?

August 21st, 2015

My son asked me the other day, “Dad, why does DirecTV offer a lower price for ‘new customers only’”? Great question and since we watch Shark Tank from time to time, I saw a tie-in: because it would otherwise cost a lot to acquire a new customer. Offer them a discount and it lessens an …

Be sure you provide your recruiter with what they need

August 19th, 2015

Two phone calls (of many) today with two entirely different outcomes. One was with a candidate who did something that I recommend every candidate do. When I described the roles that I had available, he said, “that one sounds great, but that one is not likely one that I would be interested in.” This accomplishes …

Run a Marathon by the end of January?

August 17th, 2015

If you have never run a marathon before and you are setting this as part of your “New Year / New You” goal, good on ya’, I hope you make it! I remember when my wife and I lived in Las Vegas, it was New Year’s 2002 and we were about to have our first …

A carpenter, an F14 pilot and a veterinarian

August 16th, 2015

  These are the things I knew I would be when I grew up – well, at least between the ages of 6 and 11 I determined these would be the right career choices. I didn’t have any career advice or counseling at 11, nobody stepped in and shared “the path” to any of these …

Your resume is still important – unfortunately!

August 14th, 2015

  It is frustrating to think that in a time when technology has made so many amazing advancements, that your resume is still an important part of landing you a job, but it is. As much as we would all like to see it disappear, it just doesn’t want to die. So, with that said, …