In recruiting you are always making decisions about someone: is there current work a good place; is the school they graduated from reputable; do they have skills; do they present themselves favorable; will they do a good job if you hire them… We don’t normally spell it out, but each decision is a shot at understanding ourselves…
Email Subscribers – sorry for the random email on Tuesday titled, “Why The Hell Are We Doing This?” Blame this guy – Riley Carrasquillo. He has a helpful podcast on programming and tech too, click HERE for his Web of Tomorrow pod. He is helping me to integrate my Secret Tech Sauce podcast into my blog. This is…
Twitter polls were released this past week (see my polls below. Email subscribers click through). Good idea, but the ongoing use for Twitter Polls needs to marinate with me.
Thanks @gabevillamizar – for the nudge to use Twitter Polls. If I do not thank Gabe for his social media advice he complains, but I doubt he ever reads my blog – so whatever.
How should I use Twitter Polls? Brands, media, sports and oh yes…Presidential elections are already onto Twitter Polls. My initial thought on Twitter Polls was “cool”, but after voting and casting polls I want more than two voting options. I am mouthy and my voice can’t be heard over two options. Can we add a 12 character comment box?
A quick poll of my Twitter audience told me that most (79% of 19 voters) of my audience fits in with their company cultures and many (56% of 18 voters) people have a boss that does not inspire them. Am I the boss that does not inspire them? Either way, know that many people are not inspired by their boss. Be a boss and fix that.
I typically write on leadership or culture in many of my posts, so that is why I asked questions around leadership and culture. Here’s my take. Twitter Polls are worth checking out. Concern is brands will turn polls into spam and nobody will take a poll serious.
What are you thoughts? Do you think you fit in with your company culture? Does your boss inspire you? Do you give a damn? Yes/No OR Keep Marinating.
#TwitterPolls Do you think you fit in with your company #culture? #culturecode cc: @VueNation
— Ben Martinez (@benmartinezJ) October 30, 2015
Does your boss inspire you? https://t.co/AaKch25zXP #TwitterPolls #Jobs #Careers @VueNation @hirevue — Ben Martinez (@benmartinezJ) October 29, 2015
A crap storm (using crap vs. shit – trying not to offend you with language) will last as long as you let it. Crap storms surprise you like a slow guy on the tennis court with bad form. You are supposed to win the tennis match easily, but now stuck in a tiring 3 hour match in the wind and sun.
Crap storms starts out small. Maybe it’s the tolerable employee who continues to do things that hurt your team/company, the deal that sounded easy but now you spend too much time/money on it or the company reorganizations that hurt innocent people and seem to last forever.
A crap storm makes us feel alone and afraid. Surviving alone and afraid feelings will build your muscles of turbulence. You have to learn how to be happy in a dark place. Bad bosses, good bosses, job changes (good or bad), fast growth, good/bad economy, illness, body changes, good/bad experiences – all impact our mind and feelings. Embrace the turbulence – build your muscles.
It is a matter of perspective. If you view bad situations like a crap storm, then know it will pass and you will be stronger when you survive it. Everyday people will want to give up, but do not be like an everyday person. Crap storms are temporary.
I want a candidate who has been through resilience and turbulence. The gal who has lived through tough times in business. They can handle crap storms. They do not have a rich daddy to bail them out. They rely on their own strength to get out of the crap storm.
More people want to work with a crap storm survivor because they are strong.
Our (@GabeVillamizar and @StephanieKrieg ) podcast – Secret Tech Sauce – has been through some crap storms. We haven’t released an episode in a few months because we went through a crap storm or two…
We are back and stronger than ever with many more episodes coming. Check our most recent episode (click through for email subscribers) HERE – Reflections, Riffs & Chats. We talk about doing what it takes to record and release 10 episodes with a sponsor. Something few have done.
PS – for non Apple product people go HERE to listen on Stitcher.
Engagement continues to be an issue. Less than one third of the US workforce is engaged in what they do. In short three people on your team of ten will go above and beyond the call of duty today…
Consider using “Plays” with your team or organization. Most organizations or teams have a few big initiatives each year where everyone needs to rally behind the initiative so your company can win. The initiative might be a new product, end of quarter focus, new process, new behaviors to develop, office expansion, acquisition or customer/company event. Call each initiative a “Play”.
Getting everyone involved in the “Play” engages people in your company. People typically want to help, but they are usually not involved in the big “Plays”.
With a “Play” everyone has a role with the initiative and temporary in nature (1 to 3 months). Yes, you can work on individual projects as much as your entrepreneur heart needs to, but when a “Play” is being performed you need to stop and help people win the “Play”.
Zillow practices “Plays”. They rally behind company wide initiatives. In 2011, they called a company wide “play” around mobile because mobile was critical to their business that year. They have done plays on revenue growth, search engine optimization and so on.
What “Plays” are you running at your company or team? You might not call them plays, but I know you have important initiatives. Run a “Play”. You have people who want to be involved.
Our world fools us into thinking “more” people, more money or more time is better. More can be overwhelming and people get harder to control and coordinate when more people enter the crowd. So yes, size matters but the smaller crowds and start-ups are a force to be reckoned with in a big market.
Check out Mapbox. A mapping platform for thousands of websites and apps. They have a niche in a big market but faster than Google’s maps platform with far less people (less than 200) than google. Mapbox can update their maps everyday while Google can update their maps twice per YEAR. Mapbox – fast, Google – slow. Speed wins.
Bigger is not always more powerful or speedier. Speed wins almost always.
How about Uber? Uber is growing faster than Google was during Google’s first five years, but is it a good thing for Uber to add more people? Uber appears to be unconsciously hiring people by the thousands because they believe more people = more power. Yes Uber is on fire but imagine what small guy/gal on the side is getting ready to run faster than Uber.
I just left a conference of 4,000 people at LinkedIn Talent Connect. With just four us being active on social media, we hustled thousands of people to engage with us in person to drive more awareness and leads to our HireVue brand. People thought we had a large army, but we did not. We spoke on stage, we connected with new and old friends and we thanked people for their time. This took minimal coordination with no boundaries. Speed wins.
Hat-tip to hustlers…
The Stealth one – Dave Hui (missing from pic)
First timers – Brianna and Elisa. (missing from pic)
Start small, then grow and expand. Notice what changes as you get bigger but no matter your size – always work on your speed game. Below is John and I on stage during our talk and a few us hustling. Next year – we will play bigger.
Remember that game, “Whack-A-Mole”? It was an arcade game in which you used a mallet to hit toy moles, which appear at random, back into their holes. Many early adopters play the character of the “Whack-A-Mole” in their orgs. You get whacked on the head when you bring your early tech ideas to the table.
Every interaction people have, they play a character. Whether they think that deep into the interaction or not, they are playing a character during that interaction. Keep your values, but know what character you are playing.
Shakespeare said – “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players…”
Next week I am on the stage in Anaheim, California at LinkedIn Talent Connect with my mang John Grotegut. Something like 4,000 recruiting, marketing and technology pros will attend this conference and it will be live streamed HERE (email subscribers click through). The live stream will start October 13 – Tuesday 12:45 PM PST. Great to watch at your desk or sofa if you can’t make it live. Hashtag is #TalentConnect.
I used to be the early adopter of technologies for HR and recruiting at big companies (reference pic below). Unknowingly I was playing the character of the “Whack-A-Mole” where I would bring up ideas for social and recruiting only to get whacked on my head to sit down and be quiet. Yeah – the whacks on my head thickened my skin. Thank you.
My interactions next week will be thousands of others who want to hear my message because they want to create something new. My character will be an artist.
Game on. Let’s connect. Let’s create something new at LinkedIn Talent Connect. Tune in in person or live stream. Together we will get sh$t done, make something happen and create an outcome that people will seek out.
PS – Our talk on stage will be about video for recruiting. Video interviewing is not what you think it is…
At massive companies speed and access to opportunities breed non-compliance workers. When things move too slow people get frustrated and ignore the bureaucracy, then non-compliance creeps in. The command and control leaders can’t handle the non-compliance and seek to control others, but then a competitor or more powerful and influential leader comes along and changes everyone’s perception of the massive company or even the world.
Non-compliant workers are tough to ignore. They are not bad. They are different. They are so good they get you to believe in a different way of the world. You have no power over the non-compliant worker and that is why you are afraid. Let. Them. Be. Rules and procedures will not change them or you.
The workers who do not edit the Powerpoint charts, the workers who have a better explanation of company politics or the workers who can pitch the company services better than the “approved” pitch. These non-compliant workers get other people to change their thinking. These workers believe they can make a difference in the world.
GE killed its annual performance review after thirty years. Imagine how many frustrated minds and careers were decayed over those thirty years? I submit to say it took a teams and tribes of people at GE focused on culture, hiring top talent and building cool stuff to get leaders to do a “sea change”. They were being non-compliant towards the annual performance review…
The next time you want change at your company, be the change and find others who will be the change with you. Do it with good intent and you will have no trouble with compliance.
The other morning I failed at owning my morning and as that ole saying goes “If you win the morning, you win the day.” For starters, I slept terrible then woke up late, which is no excuse. The world and our universe never stops and it certainly will not stop for my bad night’s sleep.
As my day went on, I was rushed. Slowly realizing I was losing my day. Less time to meditate, less time to be with my kids, less time to workout and no time to test out my new $20 French press coffee maker, BUT more time to listen to some know it all guy get on his soap box. I was being owned by the day.
I later stopped into Starbucks. First, I admit that I am starting an expensive habit of ordering the special Starbucks brew, The Clover. The Clover is about double the cost of a regular brew but Starbucks uses the Clover brewing system to control the water temperature, brew time and extraction to get the best flavor from the coffee. The cup is good like a cocaine brew (please note – I have never tried to cocaine. Sounds too addictive for my lifestyle, but it sounds awesome to say cocaine brew).
By the time the barista was done with my coffee I reached over the counter to grab my cup when she said…
“Wait. Company policy says I can’t let you take this cup without a lid because you could burn yourself. ”
Me: “Oh okay”.
I took my cup with its and thought: What does she care about most? Burning me or following her company policy? Yes, I get it – Starbucks wants to be safe, but shouldn’t she care more that I do not get burnt vs. following company policy.
In short, own your morning so you own your day. Do not get stuck at Starbucks analyzing a barista’s decisions about how she handles your coffee. You have more to offer in this world. By the way – I made my first cup of French press this morning while spending time with my family. Good chance, I will own today.
There is nothing in a placebo drug that will affect your mental health. If the placebo drug is viewed as helpful, it will help you. If it is viewed as harmful, it will harm you. Usually your mind creates the illusion of what the placebo drug is supposed to do and then your mind does it.
In medicine it’s as if researchers want the placebo drug to fail and their drug to work. Shouldn’t it be the other way around so we want the placebo to work?
Placebo drugs have no side effects. Your expectations before taking a placebo drug is what the drug will do to your mind and body. How often do we create a monster in our head about a work project or expect that work colleague to be tough to deal with? We have given our mind a placebo drug and created a monster of the situation.
The most disappointing thing we can learn about ourselves is that we already have the power and energy within our mind and body to make a change. We trick ourselves like a placebo drug tricks our mind and do what the placebo is supposed to do (make us feel good or bad). The change was within us all along.
What makes a vacation, a vacation? What makes a work day, a work day? Is it the change of scenery? Is it because we let go of control? We get to take our work clothes off and put our shorts and T-shirt on? What makes it okay to say we are off the clock?
The mind frame you bring to your work is your idea of work. The words you use to talk about work, is your work. People pay people for what is in their mind and what they share out of their mind. It is mindless to think you are being controlled by some make believe human or animal called “work”. You are your work.
As for vacation, can’t everyday be a vacation? The mind frame you bring to your vacation, is your idea of vacation. It is mindless to think you are on vacation because you get to do something other than what you have made yourself believe is work.
Yes, there is work, there’s always been work. But that doesn’t mean we should get fooled by the placebo effect that work is terrible and vacation is fun. Everyday can be a vacation and everyday can be work.