Recruiting Lessons from a Salad Bowl

A friend who is moving recently posted on social media about the challenges of deciding what to keep and what to let go as she and her family transitioned from one home to another. They were downsizing and because of that, were faced with letting go of some treasured items. The decision-making process was difficult, stressful, and sometimes silly. She posted daily about her moving adventures. After reading these posts for several days, I saw some correlations to business, specifically around the changes that take place in a business as it evolves and grows.

Like families, a business changes as it gets older. In families, babies are born, become toddlers, go to school, graduate, and head off to college. Your business will go through similar growth stages. Like parents, at each stage of your business, you will require different skills to deal with these changes.

Going back to my friend and her moving adventures. One day she posted about getting rid of a huge wooden salad bowl and six smaller bowls purchased on a vacation years ago, put in the back of a cupboard, and rarely used. As part of the downsizing, she decided to keep the six salad bowls and get rid of the large bowl but first wanted to talk about it with her husband.

Her husband wasn’t home at the time so she put the six bowls into the larger bowl and realized that they fit nicely inside the larger bowl. Because she had always stored the large and small bowls separately, she failed to notice that the solution to her storage problem was right in front of her. Her friends immediately chimed in with suggestions and ideas on different uses for those bowls that she had never considered. The result was the large salad bowl stayed and will be used rather than stored in the back of a cupboard in her new home.

Often, this happens to us as business owners. We fail to see what is right in front of us because we have our focus elsewhere. Sometimes, it takes an outside perspective to help us see things in a new way, to tweak our thinking, and to spark ideas. Like an unused salad bowl stuffed in the back of your cupboard, your recruiting may need some new perspectives to become useful again. That’s where having access to an expert recruiter can help you through all the stages of your business from startup to a stable, growing organization.

Over the past year, I’ve been quietly working on putting everything I do as a recruiter into an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand guide so you can recruit like a pro even if you’re not one. My new book, The YOLO Principle: The Ultimate Hiring Guide for Small Business, gives you everything you need to recruit and hire top talent to increase your productivity, efficiency, and profits!

Today is the official release of The YOLO Principle and I hope you will be one of the first to dive in and take advantage of the tips and resources that will help you gain a new perspective on finding the top talent you need for your organization.

Here are a few of the things people are saying about The YOLO Principle:

  • The biggest benefit is learning how to hire the right people and create the right culture so my business can stay on track for growth without having to worry about people problems.
  • The book contains practical, common sense-based suggestions to improve the overall strategy of every recruiter. It offers simple tweaks in thinking that can greatly impact the success of the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring process.
  • The YOLO Principle puts those on the HR side into a more prepared and proactive stance. Plus, the book is engaging, fun to read, and filled with excellent examples.
  • The Appendix, where there are examples of everything, is great and exactly what I needed to implement my recruiting process.

Are you ready to create a proven recruiting strategy that will allow you to find and hire high-performing team members that will be key to growing your business to the next level? Grab your copy here.

And if your recruiting feels as if it could use some new life like my friend’s salad bowl, you’ll love my online TYP (The YOLO Principle) Community that’s coming soon. It will give you ongoing support for your recruiting and hiring needs. Or, for immediate help, you can schedule a free insight session, me, or send me an email.

I’d love to hear your feedback on The YOLO Principle. Please drop me a quick note with any comments or questions.

P.S. No pressure from me (yet), however, if you order the book, please hang on to your receipt! I have some special goodies for everyone who orders by October 6. And, I promise you this—it will be more useful than a huge salad bowl.


Rebecca Barnes-Hogg, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is The Small Business Hiring Expert and works with small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to end their struggle to hire the right people. She is the author of The YOLO Principle: The Ultimate Hiring Guide for Small Business, and a co-author of Rethinking Human Resources. She can be reached at 843-779-YOLO (9656) or