2015 in Review-A year to remember

When I look at the calendar, the year 2015 started in January.  In reality, the year 2015 started a little earlier for me due to some dire personal circumstances.  One of my older brothers was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2014 and this set the stage for the beginning of 2015 with his passing in mid-January.  It is hard to let a family member go, especially a brother, but I also knew the depth of his suffering and I was glad that he didn't have to go through the suffering any longer.  Such was the start of 2015 for me.

Things did improve dramatically with the marriages of both of my sons during the summer of 2015.  My older son married in June and my younger son married in mid-August.  Both weddings were events I will always remember and cherish for many reasons.  First and foremost, they both married wonderful young women who I am glad to have pas part of the family.  Even more, we had the opportunity to spend time with both our family members and those of our son's in laws during each wedding.  I am happy to see how our extended family has grown through the marriages of both of our boys.

Work life was also up and down, mainly up, during 2015.  We had a year that was close in comparison to 2014, the good side, but we also had more challenges in our work this year due to the significant tightening of the market for quality candidates.  I still scratch my head when I try to guide clients in the "new reality" of the candidate market as the fight for key talent continues to escalate.  Some of our clients still embrace "2010 thinking" which only provides frustration and missed opportunities when pursuing the best candidates.

As we enter the first quarter of 2016 I have a few thoughts I will share that I think will guide me both personally and professionally in the coming 12 months:

  1. Don't be afraid to say what needs to be said.  Beating around the bush only wastes time and it also may give false hopes when they don't need to be given.
  2. Narrower focus provides greater reward.  As we enter our 6th year of work at RSC, I continue to see the value in pursing fewer markets in greater depth versus spreading ourselves too thin over many markets.
  3. Technology is an answer, but it is not the only answer.  Many clients and potential clients see social media as a method to recruit talent.  Social media is a method to source and attract talent, but landing talent takes much more, especially on the human side, to be successful.
  4. Innovation is essential for success.  We do want to keep our core business intact, but there will be ways we can disrupt the market and we will implement some disruptive strategies in the next 2 years.

What do you see in the year ahead?