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Sep 6, 2013
This article is part of a series called Classic TLNT.

Editor’s Note: Sometimes, readers ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post that some of you have requested.

I have to say my friend and great HR Pro/Blogger – and Top 10 HR Bloggers to follow at SHRM 11 (I was No. 11, by the way) – Matt Stollak gave me the idea for this post. Being slighted by’s @MattCharney gave me the motivation.

On to the Sackett Rules:

The Sackett Rules

  1. Don’t call in sick on Mondays or Fridays – no one believes you. (My staff knows this one well)
  2. Everyone has a price; it’s a recruiter’s job to figure that out. Never take “I’m not interested” as a reason – you just haven’t found out the price where they would be interested. (I don’t want to shovel cow manure, but if you pay me enough, well, heck – where’s the shovel?)
  3. It only costs a little more to go first class. (My Grandpa use to say this, then my Mom, and now me. It’s about doing things right.)
  4. People won’t remember what you said, but they’ll remember how you made them feel. (That’s why I bring great snacks to meetings and try to always have a funny story!)
  5. Always be nice to Moms with young kids. (Their day is always much harder than mine.)
  6. There’s always a reason to kick an old man down the steps, just don’t do it. (via Chris Rock – this just makes me laugh)
  7. Don’t cross the streams. (This is from Ghostbusters. I use this one with my youngest son. It makes him laugh, and he’s never seen the movie.)
  8. No touching of the hair or the face. (From Ron Burgundy in Anchorman. My wife will laugh at this; I don’t like people touching my almost gone hair and I had Lasik surgery years ago and don’t like anyone touching my face – and I don’t like bees!)
  9. Don’t be a victim. (Yeah, you pretty much control what happens to you. I have very little patience for people who play the victim.)
  10. If you are scrubbing the kitchen floor in your boxer shorts, don’t do it with the shades to the sliding glass door open while your neighbors behind you are having your other neighbors over for drinks on the back deck. (Enough said, I believe.)
  11. No longer use any budget money for membership. (see above link)

As with all rules, The Sackett Rules are subject to change at any moment, or whenever my wife tells me to change them. And Matt, thanks for helping me reevaluate my 2012 budget!

Editor’s Note: For our money, there’s something terribly wrong with a list of Top HR bloggers that misses the boat by so much that it doesn’t have Tim Sackett in their Top 10.

This was originally published on Tim Sackett’s blog, The Tim Sackett Project.

This article is part of a series called Classic TLNT.
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