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A Call To Holiday Action - Take Back Our Holiday Season By Doing Something Positive

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…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on December 16, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments

Epic Resiliency - It is no accident

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…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on December 12, 2012 at 2:00am — No Comments

2012 - Reflections on a Staffing Journey Through an Eventful Year

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. …

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on December 7, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Effective Desk Management - A Little Bit of the Magic That Makes For Great Recruiting

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…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on September 27, 2012 at 11:41pm — 1 Comment

The Journey East: How A Major Career Choice Helped me Better Understand Candidate Experience.

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…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on September 6, 2012 at 11:45pm — 1 Comment

Two Years later - What I have learned In my Staffing Journey

http://www.recruitingblogs.com/profiles/blogs/reaching-your-recruiting-apex

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…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on June 26, 2012 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

From Good To Great - How Great Outcomes Are Born

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,…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on June 21, 2012 at 11:32pm — No Comments

Revisiting Dale Carnegie's Golden Principles

 

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…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on May 8, 2012 at 1:52am — No Comments

The DIfference One Can Make - The 212 Degree Philosophy

 

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…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on April 27, 2012 at 1:20am — No Comments

What E'er Thou Art Act Well Thy Part - A Key Component of Staffing Success.

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…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on April 25, 2012 at 3:30am — No Comments

The Economic Maelstrom - The Great Recession That Paved The Way To Humility

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…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on April 5, 2012 at 4:30am — No Comments

An Employer Of Choice - These Are The 10 Commandments That Set The Great Apart

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…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on March 20, 2012 at 3:30am — No Comments

Of Lighthouses, Point Sur, and the Journey That is Staffing

 

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…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on January 26, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

Breaking Down The Barriers That Others Impose - It's About Inward Resolve

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…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on January 10, 2012 at 2:42am — No Comments

Hitting The Target - Life's Little Moments of Victory

 

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…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on December 20, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

A Year Of Memories - What Lessons I will Take Into 2012

 

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…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on November 29, 2011 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

Gratefulness & Thanksgiving - Two Traits That Make for A Great Career

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…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on November 2, 2011 at 2:47am — No Comments

Reinvention Is The Ultimate Flower Of Growth

It was on a day where it was overcast and the rain just wouldn't go away, it was at a time where someone doubted my ability to create incredible outcomes even though I had done so dozens if not hundreds of times before.  Yet folks forget, and must be reminded again, and again, and again. 

 

In the case…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on October 26, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

This October - Staffing Ghouls, Ghosts and Sourcering The Good Old Fashioned Way

It's just so hard to believe it will be 2012 before we know it.  Around the corner - November, December and holidays.

 

As I write this this forum has been developing and evolving just like everything else in staffing land.  Sourcing or as I like to call it sourcering or working the staffing magic has…

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Added by Mike Rasmussen on October 19, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

Live Streaming Audio From SourceCon in Silicon Valley

There is some great info being shared over the next couple of days.  Check it out here!

 

http://www.sourcecon.com/2011sv/live/

 

Thanks ERE!!

Added by Mike Rasmussen on October 13, 2011 at 1:23pm — No Comments

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