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Managing Director Insights

Changing Look at the Intersection of Work and Life

I’m not proud of it.

But back in 2001 after my first child was born, I let my sister drive my wife and daughter home from the hospital.

I went back to the office to work.

SCN – Search Consulting Network was a start-up at the time and had I to get it going.

The pressure was intense beyond just the challenges of a start-up.

It was magnified because we had just come off of the dot.com bubble, and we were in a recession.

Business was tight.

I had business loans and a mortgage to pay.

The pressure multiplied with a newborn daughter in the fold.

There was work to do.

Failure at work was not an option.

Mitch McDeere.


Last week one of our new associates told me that his family was coming to visit him.

But he wanted to work all day and let them borrow the vehicle.

No sir.

Take that time off to be with your family.

Make them feel good after the visit.

Enjoy your time with them.

Be present.

Another tenured leader told me that he had plans with his family and wouldn’t be able to make our meeting.

Oh my goodness.


Do what you’ve got to do.

The manager who has someone miss a personal function for work?

I may have been there 22 years ago … but today, impossible to imagine.

This year, we are rolling out a new PTO policy.

Time away from work because of illness, Dr. Appointments, self-care.

That is not considered PTO anymore at SCN.

That’s just time needed to get right.

Do what you have to do to get well, let us know how we can cover for you.

The desire to be successful burns more than it ever has, and I could not be more thrilled to see where things go here at SCN.

We have some lofty goals.

Hard work always has been and always will be the catalyst to achieve great success.

Many of our people go well into the 50+ hours each week work-wise.

Because they want to.

It’s entirely on their terms.

They know what their goals are.

But it’s beyond imperative to know where the line is crossed.

Personal health, family time, and self-care now surpass all else.

As it should be.

Who said you can’t teach an old dog / old man new tricks ….


Make it a great Friday everyone!

#SCNrecruiting #SCNinsights #hiring

Jim Guerrera

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Jim Guerrera

Jim Guerrera, Managing Director, founded SCN in 2000. Jim is primarily responsible for the development of the leaders at SCN, strategic planning, the hiring and development of company associates, culture leadership, core value leadership, sales le...

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