As part of my weekly parental check-in, my Dad is always keen to know how my job is going. Time to time he would ask “how relevant are you?” and I always thought that a weird question. Was he afraid I would lose my job? Or that I wasn’t working hard enough? Lacked capability? Or maybe I wouldn’t get that next promotion or pay rise…
A few people that I’ve recently spoken to – working in mid to large agencies, corporates and even small sole trade companies – have used varying degrees of outsourcing, from small admin data entry tasks to full blown projects spanning months. The most common reason seems to be: cost saving. Even outsource providers will cold-call to sell me the “cost saving” factor as the main reason to use them.
Not too long ago, I was asked to participate in my university alumni’s mentorship program. The objective was to mentor and support an upcoming graduate to give him an idea of what the world after university would look like. The objective was to help him understand how to get a foot in the door, interview techniques, skill and experience requirements, capability to grow from his starting position and finally the challenges and development objectives to overcome during the first 12 to 24 month period.
Margin Call is one of my all-time favourite movies. Yes, it is finance related and may not be for everyone.
However make no mistake, this is not a movie that just talks about the financial crisis from a few years back, it also portrays the emotional and sometimes ruthless sentiment of leaders within an organisation.
Cast includes great names - Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Simon Baker, Demi Moore, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci and Zachary Quinto just to name a few.
Having watched this movie a few times, here are some things that I’ve taken away from a management stand point.
I recently shared a story with a friend who found it amusing yet shocking – it was my very first ever experience working with a recruiter. A few years back, I was looking for a .NET developer. We had been given approval to use recruitment agencies and I had a recruiter (“Adam”) from “ABC Recruitment” send me a CV of candidate (“Joe”). Joe was great on paper – he ticked all the boxes in what we were looking for with the right amount of experience and skillset. Salary package for this role was budgeted at $80k + recruitment fees. Adam mentioned in his email that Joe is looking for a $70k package – which surprised me given his talent and skills, but we went with it. I emailed Adam back...