16 June 2014
Where's Wally - Your Questions Answered
Wally is cool and all. But have you ever thought about why
people are looking for him? Over the years some people have
immortalized him as the needle in the haystack. The impossible
goal. The holy grail of small missing people cases. But I have my
own theory. And evidence would seem to suggest it's entirely
Wally... wait for it..... Is a small, partially disabled person
who is consistently shirking his work. Not only shirking. He is
actively hiding in the general population and wasting precious man
hours to find him and keep him focussed on the task at hand. Which
is clearly buying new striped sweaters and accessories.
Sure he looks great on paper. They only use the best inks to
make him look important. But he is no legend of the common man. The
wizard looking for him isn't evil, He's justifiably annoyed!
But time and time again in the past I have found myself
searching for the beanie wearing weirdo Is this repetitive action
truly the definition of insanity? Why do I think that the result
will be different? That I'll find a better person next time I
search exactly the same way?
Why am I, and everybody else, searching for Wally? The illusive
lazy jerk that is all pizazz and not about actually doing the
And so I've decided to go on a Wally free diet. At least in my
recruitment life. No longer will I search for the guy hiding in the
pack, not doing any work and then popping up to seek fame and
fortune. I'm through with the effort.
From now on I'm going to look for the people in the picture who
are doing the work. Who hide in the plain coloured scarves and dirt
covered hands. Who ignore the search. Those who don't poke their
head out of the trench to be found because they're too busy digging
I'm going to find the thinkers and the doers and present only
the absolute best candidates to my clients.
The big question is will you do the same?