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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Open Communication!

In the many years I have worked at my organization I've seen a number of new initiatives come and go.  Each time, the programs were presented as the next best thing – the “must do” that would take our organization to the next level. 

Why did today feel different?  I found myself asking this question as our senior executives were presenting the details our five-year strategic plan.

This time, the ideas were collaborative, organized and specific, with benchmarks in every area.  This was a plan that involves all of us - a plan for department leaders to discuss with the staff, rather than inform the staff of how it was going to be. 

The executive team had prepared tools to help us engage and solicit input from our staff.  They themselves were asking for feedback:  What can they do better? What suggestions do we have to improve communication?  Here’s where we are. Here’s where we need to be.

Open communication from the top down.  What an idea. …

Yet this concept is still so foreign to many organizations. As I listened, I couldn't help but remember a few years back when this wasn't the case in our organization. Open communication was not a priority then.
Thank goodness it is now... 

Now we all have an idea where we’re headed, and we can feel we’re part of the journey.

Refreshing, isn't it? 

Work With Me People! 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion Program Logo

I recently took on a new role of leading diversity and inclusion and employee relations for All Children’s.  I consider it an honor and privilege to serve in a position that not only advocates for all people but leads the way in providing and managing an inclusive environment that is welcoming and supportive to everyone.

There has always been a close link between these areas, so combing the two, creates what I believe to be a perfect combination.   

Diversity and inclusion continues to be hot topics in talent management discussions.  The changing workforce and population demographics are resulting in a shift.  Diversity and inclusion is not just the “right thing to do,” it is increasingly becoming a business imperative. 

We don’t consider it a separate process, but it is really about weaving and integrating it into our overall strategy and how we conduct normal business operations.  When employees feel involved, valued and connected, diverse backgrounds can be leveraged to drive value and business results. 

This is our beginning, but All Children’s is destined to become an industry leader in diversity and inclusion.  Not only because it is becoming a business imperative, but it is really a part of our Culture and our DNA.  I am extremely excited about this opportunity and welcome you to be a part of this journey.

Check out the employment opportunities at All Children’s here; connect with one of our recruiters and like our Facebook page.

J. Conrod

Twitter:  @JConrod
LinkedIn:  Joseph Conrod 


Monday, October 20, 2014

Patience, Leadership & Life

In our current day of “First World Problems” and instant gratification, I have to believe that patience is one of our virtues that we need to focus on in our leadership style, lifestyle and work style.

Patience is defined as the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble or suffering without getting angry. 

There you have it. How’s your patience holding up so far?

We have become an increasingly impatient society – think about it. Standing in the line at the grocery store you see other customers’ rolling their eyes when someone has coupons, a question or an issue with their payment.  So many issues arise from our inability to have patience!

Patience is a virtue that a strong leader must have in order to guide an organization through changes in staff, processes and overall structure. It is with patience that a leader gains respect of their team.

Patience can serve you well in your job search.  Stop looking for instant gratification and take the time to interview the company as well, know the gaps you’ll face coming into the job and make the decision with the entire picture in full focus.

Have a great week and make a good decision by checking out all of the opportunities here at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


When you hear the word  Service what images are conjured up in your mind? 

A military member who serves our country?

A server bringing a meal you are waiting for?  
Serving your community? 

Providing customer service or having your car in for service?

My point is that the word Service means a lot of different things depending on the situation and whether you are the customer or the person that provides a service.

I think of Service from a perspective of deliberate intent. What do I mean by that?

If you work in the food service industry, your role can be to serve food from a cafeteria line; literally scooping mounds of mac n’ cheese on trays. You do that because you need to pay the bills, or keep a roof over your head – good stuff.

However, if you are serving that food with  “service-minded” intent, in other words, you want to serve that mac n’ cheese with pride, professionalism and with the intent to please the customer, you have a deliberate intent. That makes all the difference in how you feel you’ve performed at your job, and how the customer feels about the food and service they received.

This mindset is not reserved for those in food service.

Working with a deliberate intent and a service-minded attitude changes how you approach your work and how you work with others, no matter if you are flipping burgers or flipping charts.

It’s all in how you approach each day, So Work With Me, People!

Check out the opportunities to work with us here and join the amazing team who serve with excellence!

Have A Great Week! 

Carol McD

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Work With Me, People!


One of the best parts of working on team is collaboration. I have to believe each of us gains some sort of benefit from listening to our work colleagues share their ideas and really dig deep to either find a solution, resolve an issue, change a process or generate a new one.

The dynamic of that working group can be super productive and they can accomplish a tremendous amount and develop and generate ideas that make a difference in the workplace.

So what components make up a good working collaborative team?

Like-minded people? Shared vision?   People with similar skills or background?

No, not exactly.

Much like the team you work with daily, having a variance in thinking, skills and background helps to generate thoughtful ideas.

This is how you should hire! Avoid the Stepford Wives Syndrome and hire people that are NOT like you, but bring a variance of ideas and skills – I digress.

As an active participant in collaborative efforts, I thrive on the different opinions and suggestions that come from those who have had different experiences and come from a different background. Working towards a shared vision and goal is always going to be the task, it’s the discussion that happens on the way there is the best!

So bring your experiences, ideas and vision to us here at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine and check out all of the opportunities here!

Work With Me, People!

Carol McD

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Work With Me People!

Part of the challenge for recruiters is ensuring the candidates they are recruiting are good a cultural fit as well as have the required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. 

It’s a tough balance as you know because the innate behaviors of a good team player, collaborative coworker are critical to being a well-rounded employee. These are the gems that we want to retain and grow within our organizations – but you have to have skills, right?

I can pose an argument for each side if pushed to do so, but to be honest I adhere to the practice that if we are doing our job in recruiting the most qualified and interested candidates, those are the employees that will want to engage, be successful and support the organizations missions and values.

So with that being said…

I’m officially changing the name of our HR Blog from, Human Resources Blog to Work With Me People to support the very conversation about recruitment and retention. 

Sometimes you’ll hear me say, Work With Me People, or Work with me, People – I love that grammar changes everything.

Its going to be Work With Me People when I need the support of those I serve – let’s work together to bring in the best and brightest and keep them in our house; and it will be Work With Me, People when I’m looking to bring in the best and brightest - which is always. 

So check us out here and all of the opportunities here at All Children's Hospital!

Work With Me, People!

Have A Great Week!

Carol McD

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Stop Wasting Time

I’m not one to be a quote freak, but this particular phrase stuck out for me on a few levels:

“Stop wasting your time looking for the key to happiness… the door is open and unlocked… just walk through it.” 
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

As humans we spend a lot of time looking for the perfect life, spouse, job or whatever it is that we think will make us happy.

It’s a quest that has proven to frustrate some as they never really seem happy with their situation. Something is always “not quite right” with their current state.

In my line of business, Talent Acquisition, you see this in a lot in people who are looking for that perfect opportunity and you see it in employers who seek the perfectly skilled, culturally matched ideal hire. 

It’s a constant conversation about what we need to give up to get what we want.  Or, what do I have to sacrifice to get more of what I want?

Having a career that fulfills you in some capacity is a wonderful thing. Having a job that allows you some flexibility to do the things in life is a wonderful thing too. 

Try not to be too focused on one “key” to happiness – there are many ways to make it work for you and your life situation.

So much hesitation and so much overthinking can destroy our ability to be happy in our jobs!

How do you find the key to happiness? I don’t have the answer for everyone, but I will say that if you stop for a second and realize that the door has been open and unlocked all this time – your search for the elusive key was a waste of time.

Check out the many opportunities here at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine and speak to one of our recruiters for more details!

Who needs a key?

Have A Great Week!

Carol McD