It happened for the first time in a long time. I have always been the forward thinker, the one to think outside the box when the staffing conundrum comes. When high volume comes crashing in and life's myriad of moments demand you to solve a whirlwind of staffing needs on a shoe-string budget with time pressing in on all sides. And to do this in the midst of tremendous life changes swirling rapidly around you. It is the prioritization factors that take full sway. With approximately 30+…Continue
It all began almost 9 years ago. In 2003 at the end of that year just coming into the final leg of my final 2 years journey in college and looking at options in the future, I looked to an incredible option that opened it's doors by taking on an internship for an ADT Security Alarms Dealership - Rhino Security Services. I had made the decision to explore HR and found it to be to my liking - never realizing that this would open vast doors along the way.
When I began this…Continue
On December 31st, I returned to my desk at work for a short day that would see me set up several interviews, coordinate with my more active hiring managers, and still have enough time to take a moment and breathe.
In the previous week I had enjoyed some very interesting and fun AIRS training provided by the Right Thing, an ADP company where I now work having joined them less than 6 months ago.
The whirlwind end to 2012 caught me and made me just dwell on some…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on January 3, 2013 at 2:15am — No Comments
There is a lot going on in this past week which shattered what is supposed to be for many a positive time of the year. The airwaves have been flooded with bad news this past week. A quick summary of what propels me to put forth a call for action - a "take back to a positive direction our holiday season" kind of call to action:
1. My company ADP has an office in Clackamas, OR, and I serve many clients there to assist with their staffing needs. On December 11, that community faced…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on December 16, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments
Epic Resiliency. It's a term I heard once. It's a mojo and a hope. I recently had some humbling moments which gave me pause and a time to reflect - what is it that keeps you forging forward when challenges arise and moments demand your best foot forward? Epic Resiliency. I went tonight to Wal-Mart to pick up some organizational tools - a planner and a dry erase board. I realized these tools were needed when I sat back and looked at all my open requirements and almost felt overwhelmed…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on December 12, 2012 at 2:00am — No Comments
I needed a chance to collect my thoughts, with so much crowding in in the holiday season, with work busier than ever, and with family holiday moments seizing the stage, one must remember why they do things - and what drives us forward in our careers.
It is in this journey where you find the greatest relief, the greatest lessons, and the greatest outcomes and achievements. Staffing isn't just about filling jobs, and having family isn't just about having relationships. …Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on December 7, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments
Prioritization, Passion, Grit, Determination, Goals, and Steadiness. Some adjectives if you will that define my desk management strategy. On any given staffing day, in any given state, nation, or country, across the US and across the World, talent management continues to evolve, change and bring with it new days and new ways of seeing the world.
Often I sit back as I start and end my day with a review of the tasks ahead, the activities that will propel me to staffing…Continue
I stood proudly looking down from Ensign Peak in Salt Lake City, UT, on August 11, 2012. One could not help but see that a view from where famous Pioneer Leaders of the LDS faith nearly 165 years before had used as a planning platform for the city that would come to be known as Salt Lake would enable the planning and estimation steps needed. I sat back on a rock admiring the view near a poignant and interesting marker marking the historic spot where the survey and landscaping mapping was…Continue
It was two years ago I wrote the blog link above - I couldn't help but be amazed at how many incredible things happen on our journey of life. This ever changing industry, the ever changing talent landscape, the ever changing fads, ideas, and circumstances which drive our lives including technology and science all…Continue
I stood triumphantly looking down the hill my daughter and I had just hiked on a beautiful, albeit overcast afternoon on a Saturday in February. We had arrived at a beautiful view that looks out across the vast silicon valley. There are many times when individuals doubt our capacity as human beings to achieve breakthroughs. I have had in my career many who thought they might know better. Or perhaps would see their own selfish take on how life's outcomes should come to pass. Inwardly,…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on June 21, 2012 at 11:32pm — No Comments
Along the journey in staffing, business, life, and change are moments where you may need a momentary inward compass realignment. I repeatedly find myself returning time and time and time again to these powerful principles that continue to guide me even when I know winds of change coming from the…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on May 8, 2012 at 1:52am — No Comments
There are times in every career, every moment of the day where a point of decision about how to approach things, how to win the battles that others throw our way, and how to make greatness the pivitol differentiating inner commitment where one defines for themselves just how much they will…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on April 27, 2012 at 1:20am — No Comments
In 1898 - a young man on a service orientated commitment for his faith took a journey with a friend to Stirling Castle in Scotland. Upon coming to the castle the young man - David O. McKay found an inscription set firmly in stone above one of the entry ways to the castle. The inscription read: "What E'er Thou Art Act…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on April 25, 2012 at 3:30am — No Comments
The Economic Maelstrom, The Economic Storm, The Economic Hurricane, The Great Recession, The Changing Tides of Fortune, The Essence of Economic Malady, The Loss of Economic Stability, National Financial Crises, The Housing Bubble, Jobs, Unemployment et all.
It begs the question how…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on April 5, 2012 at 4:30am — No Comments
Within our current economic outlook, there are those companies, including Staffing Companies, which have forgotten what it means to be an employer of choice. These days, some managers act as though the employee is a widget, a piece of machinery, whose "intellectual property" is a company asset, and whose very existence is…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on March 20, 2012 at 3:30am — No Comments
19 miles south of Monterey Bay in CA one comes around a high cliff and while winding around a bend comes across a curious sight. A volcanic rock jutting out from a small peninsula topped with a light station, and buildings of the utmost beauty. As one notices the blue water and changing tides, the journey…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on January 26, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments
What was the greatest lesson learned in 2011? It was breaking down the barriers that others imposed whether that was laying to the dust those who said something couldn't be done, being firm in the resolve that no matter what people said the greatest outcomes came of the audacity to dream, and the inward hope that one could make anything happen that was the greatest of all steps to achievement.
As this New Year has come, so too has my inward knowledge that somewhere along the…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on January 10, 2012 at 2:42am — No Comments
I looked back and pulled the Bow up to my ear and pulled back the string as far as it would go, it was a bright sunny day in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with my heart and mind tuned to nature as never before for 2 weeks of fun. As I pulled the bow string back I let fly the arrow that found it's mark…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on December 20, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments
There is much to celebrate as this year draws to a close. One can look at so many things that the year brings with it - the history, the memories of colleagues who made growth and found new direction in areas of their careers and those who moved on, memories of a year that taught me much about…Continue
As we come into the end of a very interesting year, with ups and downs, ins, outs and everything in between, it has been enjoying the journey that has been one very important lesson of 2011. In a unique year where I saw folks come and go in my life, as well folks go on separate paths as they explored career options, new…Continue
Added by Mike Rasmussen on November 2, 2011 at 2:47am — No Comments