InSight issue 600 arrives, today, nearly 13 years after the first issue of InSight was published, on 26 September 2007.
In that original issue, I articulated my aim for this newsletter
Each week I will write an article that may be an interview, an opinion piece (like this week), a skills article or something else. Whatever it is, my commitment is to make it worth reading…..I want this newsletter to be useful to recruitment owners, managers, and desk-level recruiters as well as vendors and others who have an interest in our industry.
Over the past 12 years and 11 months, I have published over 700 blogs, all the while attempting to stay true to that original aim of writing material that is worth reading for all participants in the local recruitment industry.
The most important foundation of any topic I write about is being curious about the topic. If I am curious and engaged in the topic I want to dig into the specifics of it, find a new angle, or look for the juxtaposition with another topic.
My core driver for writing is learning. I write to educate myself but in a way that I hope both educates and entertains others.
I am used to the range of reader reactions, covering delight, upset, and boredom, caused by my return to a topic multiple times.
Topics such as; Hays’s ongoing success, the incompetence of the Rubicor directors, the decline of Clarius/Ignite, the actions of SEEK, ethical standards, the leadership vacuum at Michael Page, interviewing and assessment, industry award winners, productivity and badly behaving employers, are all ones that will cause readers to either settle in with a cup of coffee or roll their eyes and move on.
As I consider what has happened since I published issue 1 of InSight it’s hard to ignore the impact of what’s happening right now, as the world deals with the health and economic chaos caused by the coronavirus.
One of the practises I have found most helpful, whenever I have faced challenges is to reflect on the five key character strengths; gratitude, optimism, zest, curiosity, and the ability to love and be loved, that are more closely and consistently related to life satisfaction than other character strengths.
Here’s how I reflect on each of these strengths on the occasion of InSight’s 600th issue,
The most gratifying aspect of writing has been the reader support for the charitable cause that is closest to my heart – The Mother’s Day Classic. Over nine fundraising campaigns, the RossClennett.com community has been responsible for just over $66,000 in total donations. Thank you for your donations that make a massive difference to the people who have been positively impacted by the 70 breast cancer research projects that are fully funded by MDC donations.
Recruitment is a critical foundation stone of national happiness and productivity and I am optimistic that will never change.
The outcome of effective recruitment where the candidate, hiring manager, employer and job are all aligned is positive for all concerned.
I am optimistic that skillful human recruiters will never be unimportant no matter how significantly the tools and processes of recruitment may change.
Zest makes an individual loaded with positive vitality that emanates from him to others around.
I have gained, and continue to gain enormous energy from the countless good news recruitment stories I hear, and have been part of.
As a blogger I love to highlight, acknowledge and celebrate the many people who make, and have made, our industry effective and respected.
I hope my zest for sharing these stories, in turn, inspires others to create and leave their own positive legacy with those they meet with along their journey in recruitment.
I like to find an interesting story to tell that hasn’t been written, or at least a new angle to an existing story. This curiosity is an important part of what keeps me blogging.
My desire to use facts and personal experiences drives to invest the (many) more hours it usually takes to write a more detailed blog such as
- Recruitment Tech stocks fall: Are they all sizzle and no steak?
- Michael Page results: Two years on from their infamous ski trip,
- Rubicor 2018 results: Looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck
- Big bang start-ups: The rise and fall of FutureYou;
- Another one bites the dust: The rise and fall of HJB;
The views that those blogs, and others like them, generate suggest that readers also like reading these types of stories
Capacity to love and be loved
I owe my mother and my father so much.
My mother, now 81, plays 18 holes of golf twice a week and is still as sharp and zestful as ever.
I always experienced love in the way my parents raised my three sisters and I. Just importantly, I always observed great respect being paid to women in all interactions with family and friends.
In my formative years, I only ever knew women as smart, capable and strong. And that’s what I have continued to experience in my relationships with women.
In that vein, I have done my best to be a man who, not just regards women as equal, but as one who will lead by example in the home, urge other men to change their attitude and suggest where our industry could do better.
One of my most satisfying blogs was the one I wrote that highlighted the man in our industry (V John Plummer) who was a pioneer in men’s attitudes to women in the Australian workplace.
I love what I do and I love the industry that has given me so much to be grateful for.
I am not sure whether there will be InSight issue 1000 but I’ll keep writing for a while yet.
Thanks for being along for the ride so far.