What does making sushi have to do with recruiting? That’s a good question and I’ll answer it in a couple of minutes.
I’ve known Mandi for more than a decade. In that time, she’s become a dear and cherished friend. We catch up several times a year (not often enough) and like to meet over an adult beverage, good food, or both. We both like sushi and I offered to make sushi at my home.
I had everything set up when Mandi arrived. I made the rice earlier in the day and had an English cucumber, avocado, and a jalapeno (my secret ingredient) ready to peel and slice. Alongside the veggies there was raw salmon, tuna and cooked shrimp. I had previously frozen the fish because freezing destroys parasites in fish that could be consumed when eating raw fish.
It Became a Sushi Making Class
As I began to share my methods of sushi making Mandi asked if she could help. It ended up being a sushi training session. I showed Mandi how to slice the fish and veggies, and how to place the seaweed wrap on the bamboo sushi mat, the "makisu".
I showed her my trick of filling a bowl halfway with about ¼ vinegar and ¼ water. I set the bowl in the sink and dip my fingers in it to keep the rice from sticking to my fingers. We worked on rolling, slicing, and what I call rounding, the rolls.
Next, we worked on building pieces of nigiri sushi. Nigiri is an oblong piece of rice topped with seafood and sometimes veggies. I use a nigiri press or mold with 5 slots for fish and rice and a lid that presses it down. The tricky part about using the press is that the lid often sticks to the rice and pulls it up.
Mandi Is a Problem Solver
Mandi suggested we coat the inside of the lid with a little vinegar water. She did and it worked. I’ve been making sushi longer than I’ve known Mandi and had never thought of this. I had tried to push, pull, and tap the lid off and too often had to empty the mold and start over.
So, here’s what making sushi has to do with recruiting. Mandi is a problem solver. I’ve seen her do it countless times helping businesses, especially in the construction industry, solve their recruiting problems. Whether it’s learning to make sushi or recruiting an executive for a business, Mandi is a problem solver.
While I’m talking about sushi, rice is the key. It took me several years to perfect my sushi rice making skills. It must be the right flavor and a consistency that will stick. Like me and my sushi rice journey Mandi didn’t learn how to be a top recruiter overnight. She’s worked for years to learn how to recruit top talent that will fill an organization’s needs and fit their culture.
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About the author
Randy Clark is a speaker, coach, and author. He publishes a weekly blog at Randy Clark Leadership.com. Randy is passionate about social media, leadership development, and flower gardening. He's a beer geek, and on weekends he can be found fronting the Rock & Roll band Under the Radar. He's the proud father of two daughters; he has four amazing grandchildren and a wife who dedicates her time to helping others. Randy is the author of the Amazon bestseller The New Manager's Workbook, a crash course in effective management.
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