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The Worst of Times or the Best of Times?

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 07-15-2013

There are an unprecedented number of good people on the street with portfolios in hand, aggressively looking for work. It seems every company, big and small, can wallpaper conference rooms with the unsolicited resumes they receive each day. Online job sites, executive coaches and career fairs are popping up more frequently than congressional hearings and bailout plans. And some once-busy executive recruiters are opening the office mail….or working on their golf handicaps. Is this the end of the retained search industry? Yes, it is–but only of retained search as we know it now.

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Roadmap to Placement Success…The Position Description

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 06-15-2013

Does your position description simply list what the candidate needs to have in experience and skills to be considered for the job, or does it also clearly articulate what successful candidates need to do to get the job done?  Is the position description limited to the core competencies you’re looking for, or does it begin to sell the candidate on the value of working for your company?  Can your candidates learn what they’re expected to accomplish in the job, and how they might grow along with the company?  Is the position description consistent with the expectations of the hiring manager, the candidate’s future peers and other key members of the management team? 

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Ten Keys to Success In Your First 90 Days

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 05-15-2013

What you do in your first ninety days on a new job is important, but how you do it is equally important. You only get one chance to make a first impression at every level of your new company. Here are some proven keys to making a smooth transition.

After accepting the lead HR job with a Fortune 100 company earlier this year, a good friend of mine (Joan) called and said, “I’ve worked my way up to number one, but it’s been some time since I made a change, and I’ve never come in at number one before. I know we need to make some dramatic changes, but I’m worried about trying to do too much, too soon.” Joan asked, “I know the skeptics are already standing at the door. How can I get them on my team and focused on helping me to effect the right changes as soon as possible?”

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The Leadership Imperative in Changing Times (Or, What We Can Learn From a Grey Goose)

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 04-15-2013

How did we work without mobile phones, FedEx, PCs, copiers, email and the Internet? How did we live without microwave ovens, satellite dishes, voicemail, ATMs and debit/credit cards? The answer is simple — we just did, and we were pretty contented. We carried early mobile PCs that were the size of a medium suitcase, and we used modems that were slower than David Ortiz running the bases. We got to the bank when it was open, and we knew where every pay phone was in the airport. But things change, and almost always for the better.

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Character Matters

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 03-15-2013

I was taught long ago that in times like these, character isn’t built–  it’s revealed.  Sure, successfully managing through turbulent times will help you in the face of uncertainty in the future.  But right now, your people see you as the barometer; the actual measure of the temperature of the company, and its ability to weather the storm.

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Beware the Ideas of March

Posted By: Mike Fitzgerald | Posted on: 02-15-2013

The warning can never come too soon.

In William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, a soothsayer warns Caesar to, “Beware the Ides of March.”  What were they?  Were they powerful winds, evil people or forces, or did they have some other mystical meaning?  No, the Ides of March are much simpler.  On the ancient Roman calendar, the Ides of March was simply the day of the month, March 15.  And in 44 BC, Julius Caesar ignored the advice to be especially careful and was assassinated. 

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