Contentment Commitment with Tim Streeter

Tim Streeter is the classic example of Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind, living out the power of using both left brain and right brain simultaneously in his Global Talent Acquisition leadership roles, and in the rest of his life.  Where does he find the time and energy to flex into both realms in everything he does?  That’s Tim’s secret, which he gladly shares in his book, The Contentment Commitment, and on Episode 38 of Big Fish in the Talent Pool.

With degrees in Economics and Math, we could expect him to be all quantitative analysis and data, on which he does rely heavily.  But he’s also an articulate communicator (typically a right brain thing), a strong people leader (leading with data, of course), a competitive soccer player, an author, and a musician, having made 9 pop albums with his collaborator-brother over the past 10 years.  Whew!

As the Global Head of Talent Acquisition for Whirlpool Corp., Tim led 200 recruiters to deliver 35,000 hires per year and ran an epic 18 month experiment to determine whether to outsource recruitment and if so, to whom (hint: it was a two horse race, winner take all!).  Prior to that, as the Head of Recruiting Operations at the world’s foremost consulting firm, Accenture, he collected, shared and created strategies and best practices for 2,500 recruiters across 16 geographies to deliver 100,000 hires per year.  

Ultimately though, Tim came to that place so many do, overworked and wondering what it’s all for. This led to the development of his personal contentment framework, the basis for his book, which focuses on helping people live a life more connected to their individual purpose, and what brings them joy. 

My favorite quote from our conversation is, “When you do things for the right reasons or because you believe in them, then only good things happen.”  That sums up Tim’s philosophy and ultimately his legacy – leveraging his TA and business experience to create and share a simple framework focused on improving happiness in life. A great legacy indeed!


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Erin McDermott Peterson is a Partner with PeopleResults helping clients as a Talent Acquisition Consultant, Interim Leader, and RPO Advisor. She has led TA and RPO globally for some of the most successful organizations in the world including Accenture, Aon Hewitt, and Amazon. She translates her unique global experience to help clients with TA strategy, candidate experience, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) decisions.

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