Choose Thinking: A Blog by Dan Gilbert

“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”

- Rudyard Kipling

January 14, 2014

Snow, Creativity & The Fresh Start of 2014…#1 of 99

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  • Comment by Dani Perenchio — January 24, 2014 @ 5:07 pm:

    BLIND SPOT: Recruiting and Job Placement

    If it’s broke, how do I get it fixed?

    When a person submits a resume explaining their capabilities and passion, the Recruiters are looking without really seeing. It feels like a cattle production line. Their response time is outstanding, yet they send you job opportunities that you are not qualified for.
    There was a gentleman who submitted a resume to your company stating these 6 simple but powerful words…I CAN WORK WITH MY HANDS. Your recruiter scoffed and threw his opportunity away because it wasn’t in proper format. The recruiter said “duh…how hard is it to Google-how to make a resume?” The irony was that I too, had been working on a computer generated resume for weeks but was consistently faced with the fact that my knowledge and the format did not allow for me to plainly express who and what I am. Were you aware of this man’s resume? Mr. Gilbert….you ask for us to think outside the box and this man did and was denied.I started with an idea to try to tell you that I was here and ready to work for you. I was not getting your attention so I thought outside the box and wrote you a letter and sent it repeatedly to about 1/4 of your Recruiters and received one phone call promising if anything matched I would be called. I then received the same sort of opportunities for jobs that required a degree I do not have.
    What do you see? I see a break down in hiring genuine..hard working…passionate individuals just because they are not able
    to work through a predefined system.

    How do we fix it?

    Wipe that white board clean. Introduce the new chapter of Recruiters- The Blind Spot Navigators. A team who will take those awkward resume’s and ideas and thoroughly exhaust every last effort to place those who may not hold a degree, but hold something more valuable…true love for what you have started combined with a desire to learn and an infinite appreciation for a chance to turn their ideas and talents over to you for job placement to better your company.

    If that is going good, how do I make it great?

    The new chapter of Blind Spot Navigators INTERVIEW team will begin a fresh, new approach to asking these potential new hires the right questions based on their intellect to extract their true potential.

    If it’s great, how do I make it outstanding, Detroit 2.0 Class and absolutely amazing?

    The Blind Spot Navigators have now opened the door for you to merge the “old-Detroit” with the new. The book smart with the street smart, the tech-savvy with the- I can work with my hands savvy, the older generation that holds a life time of worldly experience- with the younger generation who holds their own new worldly experience.”

    Has your blurred vision been dialed into focus yet? You now have merged the old Detroit with the new. It is imperative that you not only break down, reconstruct and restore the buildings…but more importantly-do the same for the people that have been there all
    along and those of us who want to give back to Detroit.

    If it isn’t yet so, how do I make it be?

    Make ONE DETROIT inside DETROIT 2.0. If it takes a village to raise a child….It will take all of us to RAISE DETROIT.

  • Comment by Max Menius — January 29, 2014 @ 11:07 am:

    @Dan – “Remember, on the road to greatness there are no one-way streets. You can always turn around and get back on the right route.”

    I think that one’s perspective on failing is pretty important in learning to become successful. A failed path provides a valuable lesson that clarifies your future choices as you journey forward with any idea. For me, the right answers have rarely been immediately forthcoming. Falling down and scraping my knees a few times has taught me to be patient with the process of pursuing success.

  • Comment by H.Kayeye Patrick — January 29, 2014 @ 3:10 pm:

    This piece of paper is sooooo awesome!!! I never thought that a man like can think this way!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment by Kitten — February 1, 2014 @ 5:22 am:

    That was not what I expected to read, but not in a bad way! i am overly creative and have a hard time getting centered. I come up with a new thing to focus on everyday…every hour- that I hardly can finish one project before a new one becomes more appealing and another and another…or I just run into an issue with resources or something and my greatest ambitions are temporarily filed away. If i can get myself centered, and structured i can get it done… but I think the happiest endings come when people with different abilities and perspectives come together,( and if the communication thrives) the out come will be spectacular!

  • Comment by George — July 11, 2014 @ 10:34 pm:

    You can play somebody else’s music all of the time or at least some of the time you can choose to make up your own song. Who cares if it’s not any good?

    best part

  • Comment by Kristina K — July 12, 2014 @ 9:41 pm:

    I googled Dan Gilbert because I know he plays a big factor in the positive Detroit vibe that has been happening. I found this blog. Pretty inspirational. I really wish he was my mentor. I like to learn from everyone I meet because wisdom is not something you can buy. You have to surround yourself with positive people. Although he will probably never read this, I just want him to know that I look up to him and all the awesome experiences he has in his life. I’m working on a life full of experiences. I’m part of the young generation that has the opportunity to help rebuild Detroit. Shine on Mr. Gilbert!

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