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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?

Work With Me People!

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