Fresh Ideas - Newsletter

Drafting an “Athlete”

FITTING QUOTE “Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail, but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than to myself.”— Alexander Graham Bell Often in recruiting, we use the term “athlete” to […]

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A New Spin for BHP: Recruiting Foundation Blocks

FITTING QUOTE “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” -David Brinkley Starting in April 2013, Brick House Partners will unveil a new resource for successful recruiting: Recruiting Foundation Blocks Evaluation. We’ve identified eight key aspects for best practices in recruiting for marketers and […]

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What Makes a High Achiever?

One of the buzz phrases I’ve been reading and hearing about recently has been in reference to high achievers and their success. Since his passing, Steve Jobs has been one example that people have discussed and analyzed in trying to figure out his amazing success. There are many others. The questions that I’ve asked myself […]

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Every Day, Little Way Inspiration

Several years ago during some personal development with an executive coach, I was asked to develop a mission statement for myself. The final statement had a lot to do with being a positive stimulus and inspiring others. So the concept of inspiration is very meaningful to me. I think about it a lot and pay […]

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Optimism

As a Midwesterner, I’ve been astonished to actually see the sun shine in March and early April—an atypical occurrence in this part of the country. Along with the pleasantly surprising weather, there have been some signs that perhaps our economy is (slowly) getting back on track. I say this with some hesitation but a bit […]

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A Bigger Helping of Gratitude…Please

At the beginning of 2012 I had dinner with a client and friend who owns a small, but mighty agency. Our get together was mostly to share good cheer and wish each other a good start to the new year. During dinner, our conversation turned to 2011 reflections and he shared what was missing for […]

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Unifying Leadership

As we move toward the 2012 election season, I am disturbed by an underlying theme that has plagued the country for the past several years. With so much to do and focus on, we have seen our leaders in a continual gridlock as how to resolve the many issues that have enveloped the country. It […]

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Having “IT”

My long suffering Cleveland Browns seem to be re-surging behind a rookie QB, Colt McCoy. There has been a lot of press recently about Colt and how he has “IT” – a term often used to mystically evaluate a QB. The concept of “IT” made me pause and relate the idea to what I often […]

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Woodenisms

John Wooden, who was a favorite leader of mine, passed away this summer. Great coach and inspiring person. After his death was announced, I found myself reviewing his career and his often famous quotes. My favorite: “Things turn out best for those who make the best of how things turn out” says it all. And […]

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Are You Fresh Enough?

I am working on a presentation to be given this summer to a group of senior marketing executives in Chicago. I was asked to develop this presentation with the view of helping marketing people view job search in new and innovative ways. I came up with a good title right away, “Fresh Search”. The rest […]

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