It’s traditional for me to do an end of year blog post, and also a top twenty song countdown, so this year I thought I would combine the two traditions into one post and hey, make a new tradition. For me 2010 has for sure been the year of change, starting last year when at around this time I came out to the world that in fact I was a divorced dad. I wanted to move into 2010 from the abysmal year of 2009 in the clear and set myself up for a year of getting better, and that certainly happened in many many ways….so here are some of my thoughts on 2010 again set to the top 20 songs of 2010.
February 2010 – in February I attended my first UnConference as a Co-founder of TRU Events we flew over to London where I got to hang out with people like Bill Boorman, Sarah White, Craig Fisher, Marie Journey and my BFF for life Maha Akiki, it was an event that would change my life and direction for the forseeable future and I have all the above mentioned friends to thank for that. It would set up Bill Boorman, Jason Davis and myself as the Founders of an UnConference Movement that would sweep the HR world….and forever change the way that we interact at the conference level…because I’ve become a serious fan of Glee and this song was playing everywhere we went here is the first of the top twenty, done new school….
March – when March came around I was off for my first trip to San Diego where I attended my fourth Sourcecon in a row, it was really cool to hang out with some of my sourcing peeps. It also saw the culmination of my year as Sourcecon Dude with Julia Stone. It was a very cool year of building and executing challenges that also had a big influence on my career direction. It was great to be part of the changing of the guard as Katharine Robinson became the world’s second Grand Master Sourcer by defeating Mike Notaro in the final challenge. I think they are both still very good friends. It was also a great time to hang out with sourcing peeps Marie Journey, Amybeth Hale, Kay Keilson and Bryan Reichart. This second song goes out to all my sourcing peeps around the world…
You know I’m trying to keep this post on a timeline, but sometimes folks can influence your entire year, just by being there for you, and three people come to mind over 2010 (well four but we’ll get to the fourth later)…my BFF’s Maha Akiki and Samantha Harris have both been my most excellent co-hosts and partners in crime. And surprisingly I found a new friend this year in Recruiting Animal, who has been both personally supportive during the ups and downs of 2010 but has also really gone out of his way to support me professionally….so for these most excellent ladies and gent, I dedicate the next song….
Another dude who has been like a brother to me has been my friend Craig Fisher…it’s funny when you fly miles and miles just to hang out together. At times he has been the best wingman and I hope I have returned the favor over the year, we’ve gotten lost in the middle of London, partied in Las Vegas and probably broken many a traffic law in Texas. I can’t think of a better person to have my back so this one goes out to him…..
Another person who has been my IM buddy over the past year, and believe me we’ve had our differences but she’s a cool girl and I have been happy to share the ups and downs of life’s journey’s both hers and mine has been Sarah White. She’s a seriously smart person with a great big heart (I know I’m not supposed to say that)…but when she’s not intimidating Disco Jesus she’s one of the most fiercely loyal people I have ever met…alas now she just has to find that man of her dreams (or maybe she has?) …. Sarah this one goes out to you….
You know one of the great joys of what I do is getting to watch new Social Media stars rise. In early summer of 2010 there was a new person on the scene and she made her debut on the Recruiting Animal show. Although we are yet to meet in real life (or #IRL for you tweeps) she has really been there for me and we’ve become extremely close. Cathy Mannis came on to the Social Scene like a storm and over time has become a force to reckon with both Socially and as a strong Sourcer. I hope to see Cathy compete and win a Sourcecon Challenge in the near future but until then I’ll keep following her on Facebook, watching her Tweets with anticipation, wait for her blog and be happy that she is my friend…Cathy this one goes out to you….
In April of 2010 we held our second UnConference in Madison WI. Although TRU USA was by far a financial disaster it was also a great meeting of minds. By holding TRU USA in Madison we learned that holding a major UnConference you have to go to an accessible hub like Chicago or for that matter Toronto. One of my only regrets for the year was that due to the financial issues that came out of TRU USA I lost a friend in Julia Stone. I do wish her well and hope that at some point in the future we can be friends together, but that seems unlikely in the near future….
There were many lessons learned in 2010, one of them was the pitfalls of Internet Dating….so if you are thinking of Internet Dating here is some advice from a person who had a lot of very disappointing first dates (oh I could tell you stories)….if you are going to do it then at least use one of the paid sites that does some filtering for you. Sites like Plenty of Fish and others that offer free dating are very much like shooting fish in a barrel with a shotgun, you never know what you will hit. I actually met someone in the the summer of 2010 on Plenty of Fish. Although she was a beautiful and geeky girl there was something missing in our relationship from the start. Maybe it was honesty and maybe it was spark but whatever it was we only dated for a month before we split apart. I took it hard because I internalized it to mean that I wasn’t worthy of happiness….but of course I now know that’s not true. I will always thank Renee for being my rebound girl and teaching me that women would and could love me….but she wasn’t the girl for me…
It wasn’t until later in the summer of 2010 that I decided to get back on that horse, I also knew I didn’t want to go the POF route for internet dating so I signed up for a free weekend on EHarmony.ca – and had a very cool girl message me, we ended up exchanging about 20 or so emails and then we went on our first date. I had never believed in the concept of love at first site but she took my hear away from the minute she walked into the Magic Oven in Toronto. Val has really shown me that love can last forever…
Funny enough she shares my love of many things….not the least of which is music…she first told me she loved me by sending me this song, so Colbie Callait made it to the top 20 songs of 2010….
A big part of my year was my partnership with Bill Boorman (also one of the best friends a dude can have) running the TRU Events. Again the summer of 2010 marked more changes in my life as Bill and I decided to go our seperate ways and I broke off from TRU to set up Radical Events. Really we decided that Bill was better of focusing on developing the TRU brand in Europe while I focused on the Radical brand in North America. Bill and I will continue to collaberate throughout 2011 and he remains one of my greatest friends and supporters….this one goes out to you Bill….
We kicked off Radical Events in Toronto in September with Radical North. Although small it was a fantastic UnConference and set the stage for us to take the UnConference model across Canada in 2011 with stops in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Montreal. We’ll highlight the year with Radical Innovation in Toronto on September 20-21st. Radical Innovation will be all about sharing ideas that matter in the HR space and will feature some of the most innovating speakers in our industry…and it will be streamed live to the world. When I think of how far this has all come since the beginning of 2010 I think….
You never know in the journey of life when you will meet someone that really impacts your decisions. During Radical North I got to meet a great lady who not only is the world’s only Career Coach for Recruiters but also has decided to partner with me to help drive out all aspects of Radical Events. Rebecca Sargeant has become an inspirational figure in my life. One of the things that I appreciate most about Rebecca besides her business savy is her great heart. Rebecca is really in this business for all the right reasons, and along the way she wants to help her fellow recruiters to be better at their jobs, and lives….this one goes out to her….
At the end of 2009 I attended PunkATL in Atlanta mostly because my good friends Stephanie Lloyd and Todd Schnick asked me to come. From that experience I was really proud this year to be the guest host of RadicalATL just a few weeks ago. I was really honoured and priviledged to work with Stephanie and Todd to put together what is I am sure the best Recruitment Tweetup in North America…maybe only second to the lads at RIDE. More than that Stephanie and Todd are really good people and good friends and have shared with me much of the journey of 2010…so this one goes out to them and all the 200+ recruiters who braved the weather to attend RadicalATL….
There are two more gents that really deserve a shout out because they have become really good friends and supporters….heck I’ll again travel for miles just to spend some time with them. Bryan Wempen and William Tincup are about to embarque on some cool initiatives together in 2011. I’m not going to steal their thunder but they are both awesome individuals with great minds and miles and miles of heart…..perhaps they are….
There are probably tons of more people who deserve mentions for impacting on my life in 2010….new friends, old friends and family alike. I love you all…so these ones go out to anyone that I missed in this post….
Oh and it wouldn’t be a Year End post without one announcement….like I said six months ago I met a most wonderful person who has become my best friend, love, and partner for life, and now it’s official…here’s what she got for for Christmas this year.
I’m so awesomely happy to have Val in my life, and love her with all my heart….the fact that I get to wake up next to her every morning well it makes me….
Overall 2010 has been a transitional year I think for so many of us, here’s to hoping that 2011 is a break out year for all my friends and family that I love.
Here’s to hoping that 2011 is Fly Like a G6…..Peace Out see you on the other side.