RPO Insights from Gary and Walter

In the song “Man or Muppet” from the movie “The Muppets,” Gary (Jason Segel) and Walter (voice by Peter Linz) sing about their identity crisis as the man or the Muppet.


I reflect on my reflection
and I ask myself the question
what’s the right direction to go
I don’t know
am I a man or am I a Muppet
if I’m a Muppet then I’m a very manly Muppet
am I a Muppet or am I a man
if I’m a man that makes me a Muppet of a man

As I think about the lyrics from this Academy Award nominated song (written by Bret McKenzie, best known for “Flight of the Conchords,”) I can’t help but wonder about my RPO competitors and their ongoing identity issues.

I believe many of my Recruitment Process Outsourcing competitors struggle with who they are, what competing products and servcices should they invest in and which marketplace(s) do they belong in. This burden impacts both their success and the success of their clients.

So here is my list of the top 5 existential crisis questions most RPO service providers must be asking themselves:

  • am I RPO or am I MSP?
  • am I RPO or am I HRO?
  • am I RPO or am I ATS?
  • am I RPO or am I Temporary Labor?
  • am I RPO or am I HR Consulting?

Some might say you can be all things to all people, but at some point you have to make a choice or risk being poor to mediocre at everything you do.  Just ask Gary and walter from “The Muppets.” Fortunately, we (Pinstripe) know who we are and have a clear RPO vision where we are going.

Also, I’m truly amazed by how much I still can learn from the Muppets.

Post contributed by Barry Diamond. Follow me on Twitter @bddiamond

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