Wrong approach, predictable outcome

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It has been a while since something has bothered and perplexed me that much. Recently I have been involved in a lengthy recruiting process for an important and challenging role as a senior executive.

The role as such is a challenging and very interesting endeavor, it implies business restructuring, reorganization and a lot of work. So in one word the role is interesting but challenging and involves a lot of personal sacrifice.

The recruiting process

It started somewhere 8 months ago with an urgent request to meet because the project is kind of urgent and they want to have the person on-board asap. Been there had a nice pleasant discussion and left with the “we’ll get back to you asap”.

After ~ 6 months of still no feedback until suddenly, the project is urgent again. I went there again to have an interesting, nice meeting with one of the shareholders that seemed down-to-earth and straight to the point type of guy.

During this entire time the discussion was, we want to know you and to see how you can bring value to our business. Up to this point the discussion has been rather normal, they want to see if you fit their organization. Keep in mind we are talking about a TOP MANAGEMENT recruiting process. Their statement was we want the best possible executives for our business.

The do’s and the don’ts

When we’re talking about professional TOP MANAGEMENT recruiting you have to present and deliver the best possible business behavior, no lack of communication, no rescheduling, no being late during scheduled discussions, no nothing that can put you in a bad light.

The most important aspect is to communicate adequately with your potential candidates, the candidate does not have to ask you if the project is still alive and he is still a valid candidate in the selection process.

One more very important thing, please do not forget that the economy is not in it’s booming phase where recruiting is not an issue. The 21st century economy is transforming itself slightly into an gig-economy. Considering this please keep in mind the following:

  • good people are hard to find
  • good people are not cheap to get nor to employ
  • the salary is not the only discussion point, the total benefits package is
  • work-life balance is very important for top executives, especially for GenX executives (more details here )
source : https://www.thebalancecareers.com/common-characteristics-of-generation-x-professionals-2164682

The outcome

The recruiting process was heading towards its end with me agreeing to almost all conditions and requirements. Until this moment I was under the impression of a one-way discussion, with me not being really able to tell my demands and requirements.

I could reduce everything to one request , that could transform this process into and win-win and not into an win-loose. I requested some flexibility towards the entire process, that was strongly denied

My position was and still is that I don’t risk everything that I have today for something that might be and that I have no control whatsoever.

So after being shot down due to no flexibility from their side, my question is how urgent and how important is the recruiting process for this top executive role ?

It appears that even though we are in the 21st century physical workplace presence is more important than getting things done.

To wrap it up, the company has started a new lengthy recruiting process for the same TOP MANAGEMENT role, again very much time and resources wasted, formal is more important than getting things done.

To wrap this post up , this kind of an approach I have witnessed many times during my consulting missions.

Dear shareholders, equity funds, stakeholders

don’t just talk the talk, please do also walk the walk.

Research paper on value theory and value based management

Early this year I have written an article on Value Theory and Value Based Management. The article finally got published and can be found at the researchgate.net page here


or at the conference page here


More about my published articles can be found at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marius_Daraban2/publications



Xmas market Sibiu 2015

This weekend we had the grand opening of the 2015 Sibiu Xmas Market. 20151121_175226

It was quite crowded and had the typical Christmasy joyfully and cheery mood .

The traditional sweets and all things present, in one word everything was as expected .

One thing still missing, we had around  + 14 degrees Celsius. Somehow , at least for me , this warm weather is not matching with the winter holidays.

Further below the link to the official website of the event where you can see live images.

Xmas market Sibiu 2015  – http://targuldecraciun.ro/webcam/

Somehow this year it started at + 14 degrees Celsius, funny thing is that 2 days later it was snowing all day long.

Anyhow , check out the images from the Xmas Market 2015 and if you are in the mood it is worth to drop by. Today we have about 1-2 degrees Celsius, so even the weather is playing along.








Too old for this

Maybe I am getting too old for this ….

What is all the fuss about …I am noticing surprised that my little homepage is getting a lot of attention and visitors from all over the world.

Thank you all for your interest and for visiting my homepage.

The visits mean a lot to me and I am glad and happy to post even more interesting content.

I would also appreciate a comment, like or a feedback from anyone.

On the other hand I can not understand the intent and motivation of some visitors with way too much spare time to hack the site and to try to take it down.

Maybe up to certain point I really understand that you have to try your limits and there is no other better “target” than some obscure site way over far away from your home.

The script kiddies have also to do their best and download scripts from where ever they can and try them out. I can understand this ….too much free time on their plate and why not try something out like taking down a website somewhere.

Again , maybe I am too old for this kind of things but come one we are having late 2015 , we live in an time where more and more surveillance and tracking is in place from different organisations , states and private companies.

The belief that in our days you can do things on-line without any traces is an illusion. To the ones that still believe that the internet is a free place and that nobody sees what you do I can only say sweet dreams.

To wrap this up , I am very pleased to have more and more visitors that are browsing my little homepage. Thank you all for the visit and please come back again if you liked my posts.

To the other visitors that have way too much spare time on their plate , I am highly amused that you considered my obscure website for your actions. Thank you also for giving me the opportunity to get better in administering my website.

I am looking forward for comments, likes or any feedback from anyone who wants to say something.