Leading Through Coronavirus Blog 7

Light Is Becoming Visible

We’re now in the seventh week of the Staffing & Recruiting Leaders Mastermind Group.  There’s an ever-changing mix of new participants and regulars eager to learn about what their peers throughout North America are experiencing.  They’re also able to leave each meeting with useful takeaways to help their business while reducing stress.  

This was the first week that most participants reported an increase in new job orders. Many of their clients are discussing their recovery plans. This includes a gradual return of employees to the workplace and hiring new people.  The dark clouds that have hovered for weeks are showing openings for sunlight to come in and bring hope! For most people, even small improvements are encouraging.

The average emotional state for the group in the past week increased from 7.5 to almost 8 on a 10-point scale. The improvement in business conditions would tend to trigger more hope and positive emotions.  Time will tell if the increase in job orders leads to more hiring and overall gain for the industry.  

Breakout Discussions and takeaways
We separated into small groups of three-four people in video breakout rooms for participants to discuss a challenge for which they’d like to receive input from others. Some of the problems addressed include:

  • Dealing with the lack of control in moving deals forward
  • Keeping a high level of motivation and focus for oneself and team 
  • Engaging clients without merely asking for job orders
  • Focus and follow-through on the high payoff activities
  • Companies trying to fill more jobs on their own now
  • The pressure to lower fees

People were able to brainstorm and receive qualified input from peers who understand the industry.  It’s great to leave the meeting with valuable insights that you can apply right away.

I’m honored to facilitate the “Leading Through Coronavirus Virtual Mastermind Group” for a growing community of staffing and recruiting industry leaders.   This group is open to other staffing industry leaders who’d like to both give and receive help.  It occurs every Tuesday from 12-1 pm EDT while we’re dealing with the coronavirus disruption. Just click on https://zoom.us/j/3571033654.  

There’s no invitation or sign-up. Put it on your calendar as a recurring item to hop on and participate.  This is a group of experienced people who have a great deal of collective wisdom and are glad to help each other with relevant advice, niche recruiting strategies and encouragement. We hope to see you next Tuesday!