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Kevin Garnett Traded To Boston Celtics And Letter From Glen Taylor

This SUCKS!!!

I am happy for Kevin Garnett. I guess I now become a Boston Celtics fan. Hopefully he, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce can make a run in the Eastern Conference. He deserves to be with top talent and he deserves a shot at a NBA championship.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are now a very young team that could be exciting in the next years.

But I am selfish. I wanted KG “The Big Ticket” to retire here. Kevin Garnett has been loyal to the franchise, the city and the state. One day his jersey will be retired here in Minneapolis but he should have worn it to the end of his career.

I have a major rant that I will save for later tonight when I have a beer and more time to think about it. More time to think about Glen Taylor, and especially Kevin McHale.

From the Boston Celtics web site, Celtics Acquire 10-Time All-Star Kevin Garnett.

For now, the following is an email/letter from Glen Taylor, Timberwolves Owner, to season ticket holders and forwarded to me by a colleague:

I write to you today with some momentous news. Earlier today, we decided to fundamentally change the direction of our team and trade Kevin Garnett. We acquired Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff and two first-round draft picks from Boston. We're excited about the new players that we have acquired and the potential that the new draft picks represent.

As with any great change, I am filled with mixed emotions. Sadness in seeing our franchise player depart but also great excitement in what the future holds. Our team is definitely young, but also extremely talented. Our core group of Randy Foye, Craig Smith, Rashad McCants, 2007 NBA Draft picks Corey Brewer and Chris Richard and the newly acquired players plus two future first-round picks have me energized about our long-term future.

Yes, I'll miss Kevin Garnett. For 12 years Kevin has been the face of our franchise. We have all watched him grow and mature from "The Kid" into "The Big Ticket" right before our very eyes. I appreciate everything he has done for this franchise; the blood, the sweat and the tears that he has shed on our behalf. I wish only the best for Kevin and his family.

However, this move was made in the best interest of the Minnesota Timberwolves and regaining our place among the best teams in the NBA. During the past three years, we have struggled unsuccessfully to assemble a team around Kevin that could bring us back to the playoffs. These years have been hard on all of us. During this time it has become increasingly apparent to me that given the complicated formulas needed to move and acquire players, we needed greater flexibility. To move our team forward, we will need the flexibility this trade provides.

This past spring, I sat down with the team's top executives and drafted a plan on how we wanted to rebuild our team. We evaluated our successes and failures over the years and looked to other franchises on how they built winning teams. The result of this reflection was the "Blueprint for the Future" that I shared with many of you. This plan outlined how we planned to rebuild our team. It was our acknowledgment that we had strayed from building a team that didn't just speak of character, but rather lived it. A team more focused on working as a team than seeking individual recognition.

We took that first step today. We know it won't be easy - nothing that is worthwhile ever is. We know that we are embarking on a journey that will be measured in years, not months. We understand that every team in professional sports is in a never-ending cycle of death and rebirth. I wholly believe that it is our time to give birth to a new team that will return our Timberwolves franchise to the elite of the NBA.

I appreciate your continued support as we undergo this transformation and urge you to follow our progress. I am convinced that you will like what you see and believe that it will mean only better days ahead. Please feel free to contact any of my staff with additional questions.

Regards,

Glen Taylor


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Greatly Humbled

I need to decompress a bit but there are a few things I need to get out of my brain so I can make room for thinking about what comes next.

What happened today with the Minneapolis Recruiting Unconference and Recruiting Roadshow was awesome in every sense of the word and to borrow an often used phrase, we may have just caught lightning in a bottle.

John Sumser, thank you for coming to Minneapolis. Your idea was the fuel for the event and for what happens next. We are indebted to you. I look forward to our growing friendship.

Don Ramer, I met a new friend and ally in you and I look forward to working with you in the future. You were with us from the get go and I will take you up on your offer to partner on future events. Please thank your team for me.

Josh Kahn and Best Buy, thank you, thank you, thank you. A top notch facility to have the event at and not one logistical issue came up. “Whew” and thank you.

Nicole St. Martin, my wingman, tech, and email partner. There is no way this would have happened without you.

Steven Rothberg, Josh, Toby Dayton, Derrick Moe, Andy Keith, and Doug Berg, thank you for sharing your knowledge with the group today. The only negative feedback we have had is you did not have enough time and more Q&A was needed. What a great problem to have. Next time, and there will be many next times, we will do more by doing less and give you proper time to present.

The response we had today from attendees, email and phone message received since has been very humbling for me. Much too much credit is coming my way.

Yeah, I had an idea but it is John’s roadshow, support from Arbita and HotGigs, the volunteer presenters, and most importantly our HR, recruiter, sourcer colleagues that attended that made this event what it was.


Minneapolis Recruiting Unconference And Recruiting Roadshow Thoughts

I have received a few email the past two weeks wondering where I have been and why I had not been writing.

Between the day job of recruiting and the other day job of “Cruise Director” for the unconference I have been very, very busy. Mix in with that a volunteer stint at the University of Minnesota to help with the hiring of a graduate assistant I have been a little overwhelmed.

But it has been good. I would do it again. And it all ends at around 1 pm o Friday.

Or, 8.15 hours until the beginning of the end.

We have had only a few minor hitches along the way and are things that can be fixed if/when we do this again. And I hope we do this again.

When Steven Rothberg, Josh Kahn and I first met to talk about doing an event we spoke about doing a small event. Steven said 30 plus us local bloggers would be a good turnout. From there we jumped to wanting to do a really large event with hundreds. We realized that we should take it slow for the first one and see what the demand is.

Then I said, “But we can get 100 people” and Steven replied, “Are you on crack?”

Apparently so and it must be the good stuff.

We have been at 100 registered attendees since Monday with between 4 and 12 on a wait list all week. On top of that will be a dozen or so colleagues from Best Buy, the group of presenters, and a few from the sponsors.

I am very appreciative of Don Ramer and Arbita who is sponsoring lunch. He has been on board with this from the beginning and he has been awesome to work with. Doug Berg and HotGigs too for sponsoring a light breakfast.

An event like this is much easier when you have people wanting to help.

I am looking forward to seeing some friends I have not seen in many years. I also look forward to meeting people in person I know of but have never met.

Finally and I will have more to say about this in a separate post, John Sumser is a good guy. John has a reputation for being a little rough around the edges and maybe he is. But like most people he has strong opinions. One might not always agree with him or his delivery style but I never have to guess where he is coming from.

Personally, I like the guy. I have found him very easy to get along with.

John took a rather public beating when he was picked to be the new editor of Recruiting.com. Many have questioned his motives and intentions. To those I say this, pick up the phone and call him. You will find that he does have a plan for the site and I think that many folks will like it.

The next Recruiting Roadshow is in the works. I hope I am not announcing anything super secret but the next event will be in Atlanta sometime in November September. Oops.

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Minneapolis Recruiting Unconference Invitation

I have been so involved in the planning process I failed to keep people up to date here. Response to the invitation below has been phenomenal. We have space for 100 attendees and have been on a waiting list all week.

The attendee number does not take into account presenters, sponsors, and our Best Buy colleagues. We had to add tables for all of us in order to accommodate the number of requests.

13.5 hours to the beginning of the event...

An Invitation
The Minneapolis Recruiting Unconference:
Online and Real World Networking with the Recruiting Roadshow

Local career and recruiting professionals are partnering with John Sumser, editor of both Recruiting.com and Interbiznet.com, as he starts his ten-city Recruiting Roadshow in Minneapolis.

The Recruiting Roadshow tour and “unconference” style is the first of its kind. It provides an opportunity to learn about successful recruiting strategies, effective industry tools and best practices from local professionals, many of whom speak regularly at national conferences.

What is a “Recruiting Unconference”? Simple, this is an event where you won’t be sitting in an audience listening to people speak. We have volunteers to lead the discussions and speak about their experiences but we want you the attendees to drive the sessions, ask questions, to be involved.

Session topics are:
Intergenerational Recruiting
MySpace, Facebook, and Other Social Network Sites: Best Practices for Recruiters
Blogging as a Recruiting and Employer Branding Tool
”Bringing Sexy Back” To Your Career Website

Learn how to better use social networking sites, blogs, and RSS feeds to attract top talent and passive candidates. Gain insight on recruiting Baby Boomers and Millenials. New and improved ideas on making your corporate career page more effective in attracting active and passive job seeking professionals.

Just as important, this is an opportunity to see old friends and make new ones.

This is a FREE event (lunch included):
July 20, 2007 - 9 am to Noon
Lunch and networking from Noon to 1 pm.

Best Buy Corporate Campus
7601 Penn Avenue South
Richfield MN 55423
Calhoun/Minnetonka meeting space

Seating is available for 100 attendees.

RSVP by clicking this link (or cut and paste into your browser) to a sign up page, http://www.recruitingroadshowevent.com.
Here you will also find bio’s of those leading the discussions.

Who should attend:
Corporate Recruiters
HR VPs/Directors/Managers
Staffing Specialists/Managers
HR Recruiters
Workforce Planning Professionals
Researchers/Sourcers
Search Firm Professionals

Why you should attend:
Improve your organization’s brand awareness
Get insights on current and future recruiting techniques
Use social networks to create active and passive talent pools
Learn to develop alumni/boomerang groups
How to better utilize corporate career web sites including RSS feeds,
Search Engine Optimization practices, and newsletters

For more information contact:
Paul DeBettignies
Managing Partner
Nerd Search, LLC
612-216-1421 (O)
paul@mnheadhunter.com

Sponsors of the event:
Best Buy (Host Sponsor) • Arbita (Lunch Sponsor)
CollegeRecruiter.comHotGigs
JobDigNerd SearchSelect Metrix

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MN Headhunter Blog Roll Updated

The following blogs have been added to my blog roll...

Business Blogs:
A Realtor You Can Relate To
aimClear Blog
Learn, Serve, Be The Change

Minneapolis And St. Paul Blogs:
Down with Goldy
Paging Jim Shikenjanski
Minnesota Golden Gophers

Recruiting And HR Related Blogs:
Jobs2Web, HotGigs
Confessions of a Recruiting Newbie

Technology Blogs:
Dr. Wingnut
Cold Fusion Guy

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