The King is Dead!

The King is Dead!

By Mark A. Leon
Talent Acquisition Specialist – Hewitt Associates

Monarchy has taken a back seat to the New America.

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of Survival

During the seventh inning stretch at Yankee Stadium on July 4th and the traditional singing of Irving Berlin’s tribute to America, a gentleman went to use the rest room. He was stopped by security and escorted out of the stadium for violating the unwritten Patriotism Act of New York. He of course sought legal council for emotional distress and one day later received 10,000 dollars and 12,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Of course there is a second side of the story citing rude behavior and profanity while in his seat but that is one for the legal gurus to figure out.

We live in a different time when we need to embrace a new principle of loyalty. It is no longer a loyalty to our employer, or our celebrity icons and for many even family. Do we embrace government? That is yet to be determined. What’s left…America; the new America.

With the re-opening of the Statue of Liberty, New York and the United States have made a dramatic statement to say to the world “we are no open for business; bring it on”

Patriotism has replaced iconic symbolism

The internet is the new medium of celebrity status.

Strike a pose and action….Now you too can become the next screaming Britney fan or the dancing hamster.
I decided to take a look at my online popularity by accounting for my top five communities. I am not even going to count Myspace. I managed to get on a lifeboat before the boat sank on that modern day Titanic. Here is my current count of friends, colleagues, fans, jealous chickens, Willy wannabee’s and Clingy Wingies.

386 – Twitter
732 – Linkedin
283 – Twitter
361 – Facebook
229 – Talentbar

For the Mensa math whiz who already figured this out without my assistance, I have 1991 online friends at my disposal. How ironic that with all these friends who has time for a life. While I am managing my work day, I have Lotus email, Sametime instant messaging, Gmail, Yahoo mail, Google IM, Yahoo IM, Facebook IM, Facebook mail, Linkedin Mail, and of course let us not forget the greatest of all communication weapons: text messaging. Often I wake up thinking that today just maybe my head will finally explode. Fortunately for my 1991 friends it has not.

As we watch the level of stress rise trying to maintain a relationship with every site and keeping our visibility head afloat are we stretching ourselves too thin or is this the new dynamic of American society.
As I sit at a stop light and tweet about the blackbird on the car next to me, I get a text saying “what’s up!” While I am replying “not much” I get a beep on my Crackberry. Yeah, new pictures of me tagged on Facebook. At this point the light turns green and I have to look forward to the next light before I can start the process all over again…or do I? A new survey reveals that 1 out of every 4 American drivers text while driving.

Has anyone noticed what is missing from our lives, people? We seek instant gratification with Flickr, Facebook and Myspace but this is two dimensional. We need people contact. I have a plan. It is a simple plan, almost too simple but it is fun and for some of you it can be made into a game.

Find an elderly friend
Find a humanitarian friend that does volunteer work
Find an athletic friend
Find a gay friend
Find a friend that makes you laugh

Think about it. Coach Jim Valvano in his final public speaking event at the ESPY Awards on March 3, 1993 as he was dying of cancer said these pivotal words that have always stuck with me:

“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”

At this point I imagine you are wondering what this has to do with recruiting. The answer is everything.
We are the ambassadors of the new America. As an ambassador we have the most important role in the survival and rebirth of this nation. We collectively will be shaping the stabilization and growth of our economy and providing the foundations for families and generations to come.

We will source, select, groom and provide financial security to the talent that will drive us out of this rut and take us to new heights.

This is an exciting time for the sourcing and recruitment community. The importance and magnitude of our social responsibility cannot be determined in just metrics but the connections we make and the lives we mend and shape.

Rise to the throne and take the scepter. You are the new celebrities; the new icons; the new monarchy of America.

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