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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

When The Honeymoon Is Over…

Those first 30, 60, 90 days of your new gig really feel like a honeymoon don’t they? You are meeting new people, shaking hands of the executives and getting office furniture setup in your new place….it’s a magical time. 

In fact studies show that this particular stage of a new job is super important and how you “on-board” new employees can make all the difference in retaining them – especially those who you want to retain.

Often times, the honeymoon extends into the first year – that’s a great thing. You are clicking with your co-workers, understanding how the work flow happens and who you need to collaborate with for your initiatives.

At some point though, this honeymoon phase ends.  It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when it happened, but you find yourself facing obstacles, rude coworkers and others that seem to generate a sort “drama” that you’re glazed over honeymoon eyes didn't see before.

This is the time when couple of things can happen; You can decide that, wow, this is not what I expected and this fairy tale opportunity has now revealed its ugly head and make your departure; Or you can decide that this is the time when you can really shine and show all the reasons why you were brought in to the organization.  

Choosing the latter for some people is the most difficult. I mean who wants to wage a battle every day to get your work done?

I would suggest that choosing to stay and work with the challenges that you might face is where you will do your best work.  During the honeymoon period, you had the chance to meet those work colleagues that either hold the purse strings to funding projects or are the gateway for approving initiatives.

Now is the time you begin build upon those relationships and with your understanding of how the workflow happens, use that to your advantage working within the parameters given, and launch the ideas and initiatives you talked about during your interview.

Am I suggesting you “work the system?" No, but I am suggesting that now you know how the work gets done, so go do your best work!

Work With Me People! 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

"Leaders Rise By Lifting Others"

Have you ever had a dream that you are standing alone on an island and the waters are infested with all sorts of dangerous creatures – sharks that will take a bite out of you without a second glance? There are amoeba’s that get into your system and wreak havoc internally and you've got to figure out how to get off the island, survive and thrive on the mainland? 

Corporate America can feel that way, right? We think we have a good grasp on the process, people, technology and then BAM! There is a huge shift and we find ourselves trying to navigate through unfamiliar territory and the waters aren't always so friendly.  Often times that's when you see newer employees throw their hands up and say “I Give, You Win” or others who dig their heels in and refuse to budge. Neither are good measures of a successful 

Well, with the risk of using an overused and misused term, we like to assign our up and coming leaders mentors or a career coach. 

That person should be their guide through the corporate spider webs and try to keep them from becoming prey to the ugliness and pettiness of office politics. 

I do believe that having someone in the workplace that helps you get through the office “politics” is critical for early assimilation, and frankly continued success.  Mastering the technology and procedures of the job function are the easy parts – its knowing how the work gets “done” that helps the new employee get settled and on the road to a productive time at work.

Does that mean that the sharks stop circling? The amoeba’s go away? Absolutely not!

Call them what you want, Mentors, Coaches, Work Buddy or just your “go to” person – this should be part of your on boarding strategy assign with any new employee and, the sooner the better!

Oh, how about someone who can actually help them not just survive,  but thrive?

What a concept, right?

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This month, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  This holiday is the only federal holiday in honor of an American civilian. 

Dr. King’s leadership in the nonviolent fight against discrimination earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, making him the youngest person who has ever become a Nobel Peace laureate. 

In honor of his legacy, All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine is sponsoring a light breakfast and presentation on January 16th  at which James Page Jr. will be the keynote presenter. 

If you do not know James, let me tell you a little bit about him.  James currently serves as the newly appointed Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine. 

In this role, he is responsible for diversity-based initiatives for the medical center, the medical school and the greater hospital network.

James also serves on the Corporate Advisory Committee for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, DC and on the Disparities in Healthcare subcommittee. 

In addition, he is a featured contributor in Public Speaking in the Age of Diversity (Prentice Hall).

Please join us in celebrating Dr. King’s legacy and contribute in making his dream a reality.   

Enjoy your week!

J. Conrod

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

All For Kids

Today I'm writing my final blog post for this site. It's a strange feeling to be honest with you. We started this project knowing the special stories behind the name All Children's Hospital needed to be told outside traditional outlets. A more personal look at the people and values of our organization warranted that this blog come to life. Now, tens of thousands of page views later, I'm saying good bye.

As I reflect on the stories ranging from great career advice, to touching stories about entering the nursing profession, to the year long journey of one of our new nurses, it reminds me that working here is not just another job.

It's not just another hospital job either.

Miracles Happen Here
The team behind the name All Children's Hospital does things that most people will never see. Quite candidly, I hope most won't have to. The work done here is for the most fragile and vulnerable patients in the world. 


The effort that is required from every staff member whether they are in a clinical role or not is difficult to comprehend. Serving in a leadership role here has given me access to see these incredible people putting in long hours, saving lives, and making sure the families we serve are taken care of, often at the expense of their own.
As my wonderful six years at All Children's Hospital comes to a close I am grateful for my colleagues, particularly in Human Resources. They have tolerated my crazy ideas to push us forward...and have been there to catch me every time I've stumbled (which happened frequently!)

It is very rare indeed to have a team so supportive, and I will miss them very much.

As you begin 2015 and consider a fresh start in your life, please keep All Children's in mind. You might just experience a miracle.

All my best,



Friday, December 19, 2014

Because It's Personal!

It’s hard to believe I've been doing this work for nearly six months. 

It’s even harder to believe that I've maintained this fast pace for this long. While many have been at it  much longer , it’s  the high level of engagement, constant “on” status and having to be very quick-minded, quick-witted and even quicker to respond to issues that makes it seem a faster pace than what is typical.

It is hard to believe but not hard to do, because it’s personal.

I know what you are thinking.  Don’t take your work, co-workers, criticism or “talk at the office” personal. Yeah, that’s what they say, but we all know that we do.

My work these past six months has been personal. Fact.

I came here to All Children's Hospital to elevate the recruitment function, change the way Talent Acquisition is seen, enhance the relationship between TA and  the hiring managers, change  the way candidates are presented, and improve the experience for each party involved.

We've begun the process of service excellence in my department. We've hired a higher level of recruiter, elevated the status of our current team and have begun to turn one corner at a time and bring an increased awareness of our expertise to what we do, how we do it and how we deliver it.

That’s personal to me.

No matter how you look at it, it is my brand, my reputation and my signature on the process. 

There are many more corners to turn and I’m still working at this high-level of engagement and focus.

So, yeah it’s personal and I love it.

Check out all the openings here and make it personal for you!

Work With Me People! 

Carol McD

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

You Are What Your Tweet!

You Are What You Tweet!

If you are like me, you follow a lot of different people, companies and movements via the various social platforms.  I enjoy the variety of topics that come across my twitter stream, LinkedIn profile and Facebook updates. 

If you follow me you’ll get pretty decent glimpse into my life – recruiting, social biz, shoes and a complete foodie – I digress.

Do you ever take a look at your profile to see who is following you? Are you following them? So many questions, right?

These are important questions though because as you build your digital resume/profile you really do become what you tweet. Who you follow and who follows you are much like the people you surround yourself with.

Think about the colleagues at work that you go to lunch with.  Who are you often seen sitting next to at staff meetings and company functions? What is their reputation like? Is that someone you want to be connected with?  Are they known to curse at work, miss deadlines, be a chronic complainer or someone who can’t meet goals?

It’s not too different in the social space – just on a grander scale and with more opportunities to align yourself with thought leaders in your industry.

Take a look at what – and who – you are tweeting, re-tweeting and pushing out through LinkedIn. Is that really who you are or do you need to clean up the group of people you surround yourself with?

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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? 

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