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A Recruiter’s Poem: Bad Drivers, Bad Managers

While I was recently moving along in my car,

I realized bad drivers and bad managers set the same bar.

Both have things in common that are easy to see,

Read this poem to see if you agree.


Bad drivers are constant lane changers,

Inciting all kinds of dangers.

As are some hiring managers who don’t know who to hire,

Who bring in candidates who they later must fire.


Bad drivers are poor at following the road rules,

They do their own thing and think us all fools.

Some managers skirt hiring policy with strong defiance,

Making the selection process more an art than a science.


Bad drivers step on the gas when the green turns bright,

Only to slam down the brake when they reach the next light.

Bad managers often state they need to hire right away,

But once into the process, making the candidates wait appears OK.


The worst drivers act like they are the only one there.

They make their maneuvers with absolutely no care.

Hiring managers can act similarly it would seem,

They need to know they can work with a team.


So as you drive down the road or want to hire a new star,

It matters not if you are in an office or car.

You need to throw all the bad habits away,

Be a good manager AND driver starting today.


September 17, 2009 - Posted by | General Musings, Management 101


  1. This is awesome!!! I will be sending this link to many recruiters I know.

    Comment by ShellyJPrice | September 17, 2009 | Reply

  2. Loved your comparison
    On the mark and fun,
    Who knew that you
    Were a poet, too?

    -Meg Guiseppi
    C-level / Senior Executive Branding, Online Identity & Job Search Strategist

    Comment by Meg Guiseppi | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  3. Good managers ride bikes, take exercise hikes, help kids on trikes and learn their employees likes and dislikes

    Good managers are all ears, alleviating most fears and helping employees embrace change while transitioning the gears

    Good managers will stop and yield, slow down to celebrate the poppies in the field, share praise when the deal is sealed

    Good managers will park, let people rant, rave and bark and then exclaim lights on now, lets move away from the dark

    Bad drivers, good managers, we’ve experienced them all

    Which are you behind the wheel, driving the team, or standing tall?

    Comment by Jeff Hurt | September 18, 2009 | Reply

    • Hey, looks like everyone’s joining the fun.

      Comment by jefflipschultz | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  4. What talent!

    …and good point too.

    Comment by Harry Urschel | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  5. I love the creativity in this post! The message is excellent and the parallels are right there.. I took the easy road last week and did a post on HR Haiku the cool thing is it doesn’t have to rhyme 🙂

    Comment by Karla Porter | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  6. Creative post, Jeff. Just like drivers there are some great hiring managers out there and some whose “license” should be revoked.

    Comment by Shannon Myers | September 22, 2009 | Reply

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