Breaking the ice
I noticed him and took his hand. We walked into the classroom together.
To start our first day at kindergarten. I had forgotten about it, to be honest.
But the other day Patrik sent me a LinkedIn invite and he reminded me. He also mentioned that with this small act, I had done something important for him, noticing him and making the first move.
Noticing people is my natural mission in life and I have been an HR professional for many years. One day I had to make Nicole redundant.
She was a colleague of mine. I was nervous, very nervous. I had played out plenty of scenarios in my head.
How would she react? What would she say?
She told me: ‘I am happy it's you.’
Yes, she said: ‘I'm happy it's you who is making me redundant.’
Of all the scenarios I had anticipated. This was not one of them. It has been one of the best and most unexpected compliments I have ever recieved.
In 2018, after a couple of years as a freelancer, I reflected on my mission in life and became purpose driven.
This was valuing people in all circumstances. This brought me to an important conclusion: a lot of talent remains unnoticed, and vacancies stay unfilled. Therefore, my mission has become to set up talent attraction as a treasure hunt instead of a headhunt.
That is an important mind shift: you are not looking to hunt heads, you are looking to find treasures of talent, hidden in the job market.
You want people to fit into boxes and communicate with people as though they are all the same.
You forget that a job offer is an offer to the market, just like a product or a service.
Hover over each box with your mouse to discover the 5 steps in the talent treasure journey that brings you from an empty talent pool to the talent you are looking for