James Mayes

Posts Tagged ‘innovation’

How fast do you need to run?

In Personal Development, Start-ups on June 2, 2010 at 3:49 pm

I heard a statement recently which caught my attention.  When you’re being chased by a lion, you don’t need to be the fastest runner there – just faster than the slowest one.  I like things like this – they’re simple, they convey a clear message – they’re well suited to certain aspects of our world – the 140 character aspect in particular.

It got me thinking though – in terms of business, how does one “not get eaten”?  Does the same hold true? Can you simply ensure you’re not the worst business in your field?  Possibly. You might get by, you might scrape a living.  Trouble is, your competition in business is not simply one hungry lion.  It’s hundreds of them – and every other animal in the zoo, too.

For that reason, I think I’ll stick with trying very much to be the fastest runner there.  I might not succeed in being fastest, but it’s certainly going to help my chances of survival.

Are job boards just a fad?

In Recruitment, Social Media, Twitter on May 25, 2010 at 11:58 am

Talking to potential clients recently and I’m pleased to note more and more are accepting social media is here to stay. There are, however, still naysayers. I was reminded recently of a discussion I was involved in some years previously which has some relevance here.

1996. I’d just graduated and fallen into the recruitment industry in my search for some way to clear my student debt. Within the first few weeks there, my branch manager started seeking my opinion on many internet-related things. Whether it was my age, tech know-how, degree subject, whatever. I was happy to be asked!

And so, over a lengthy pub lunch one day, there it was. Are job boards a fad? I was crystal in my view and fought my corner. Glad I did, I was proven correct. But now I look back on that. What if I’d lost? What if they’d never started investing time and money on job boards? They’d be dead. Sunk, without trace. How many recruiters do YOU know who’ve operated entirely without job boards in the last ten years?

Fast-forward fourteen years, to present-day 2010. Social media is fighting its corner. Wanting to answer the ROI question that job boards currently find so simple. Wanting to make you understand it’s not going away.

Next stop – 2015. Whatever happened to that recruiter who said social media was a fad?

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