Mya, Wade & Wendy Ménage à Trois

This week's episode reads like an alternative to the movie Boogie Nights. We're talkin' Mya, Wade & Wendy, strippers and exploding vaginas. Oh, and we even have a European standing in for Chad, who's basking in the Costa Rica sunshine. A-hole! To stick it to him, we discuss Amazon and checks from the government in his absence. Let's get funky! As always, Sovren, JobAdx and Jobvite are bringing the kink.


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Joel (1s):

Cheesy does it here. Chad is in beautiful Costa Rica this week, which means you get me a guest host and a finished product that resembles a Grateful Dead bootleg more than it does the silky smooth production quality you're used to. Hey, whatever. It's not like we're solving world peace up in here.

INTRO (23s):

Hide your kids! Lock the doors! You're listening to HR’s most dangerous podcast. Chad Sowash and Joel Cheeseman are here to punch the recruiting industry, right where it hurts! Complete with breaking news, brash opinion and loads of snark, buckle up boys and girls, it's time for the Chad and Cheese podcast. are

Joel (44s):

Oh yeah! Because cheese pizzas are the best pizzas. Anyway. Hey kids, it's Joel "pole dancer" Cheeseman.

Leavin (54s):

I'm gonna Leavin, you'll never pronounce my name correctly.

Joel (58s):

True that on this week show StepStone and the Maya munchies, startups hope to dethrone, LinkedIn and stripping ain't easy. Sit tight. We're building bridges across the Atlantic this week

INTRO accident... (1m 13s):

Hide your kids, lock the doors you're listening to,


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Joel (2m 21s):

Welcome to the show.

Leavin (2m 23s):

Hi Joel. Thanks for having me.

Joel (2m 25s):

So say your last name again for everybody

Leavin (2m 28s):

Von Neuenheuser <inaudible>.

Joel (2m 30s):

Von Bismarck what? Well just call you leave, leavin' Las Vegas.

Leavin (2m 37s):

It's almost the same thing, I guess.

Joel (2m 38s):

Nice, nice. So thanks for guest co-hosting with me today in Chad's absence, we've already pushed a soundbite that we weren't supposed to, or at least I have. So we've got our mistake out of the way, which means it's going to be a silky smooth show, the rest of the way. So for our listeners and that's a hundred percent, pretty much, don't know who you are. Give us your Twitter bio.

Leavin (3m 2s):

Okay. Twitter, meaning fast?

Joel (3m 4s):


Leavin (3m 4s):

Okay. Sure. I am <inaudible> I'm Chief Digital Arts Heads of HR and in the U S you probably don't know <inaudible> and most people in Europe, I guess don't know either, but we're a staffing company, temping company, specialized in recruitment and engineering solutions and specialized staffing. We're active in 10 European countries. And we have about $2 billion of revenue. So we're not small, but we are not as big as adequate around start yet. We are on our way. We are growing fast and I'm chief digital meaning responsible for digital innovation, either commitments, those kinds of things.

Leavin (3m 46s):

And I've been in the business for about 20 years, I guess, now? I started at a local newspaper, a local, I mean, Belgium and Belgium newspaper. I launched the job ads, which the website for the job bird for the newspaper. I've worked for US <inaudible> people for some other companies, but always within recruitment and digital.

Joel (4m 9s):

Okay, well, let's cut to the important stuff. Your favorite Belgian beer is what?

Leavin (4m 14s):

<inaudible> It's a Tapas to beer brewed by the monks in West <inaudible>. Exclusive but my mom happens to be a old friend of the <inaudible>, Chief monk , and I just have to drive to West <inaudible> and they fill my car with beer.

Joel (4m 34s):

Is that the one where they only have like a few distribution days a year and you have to like be there at the right time or know the right people. Is that the same monastery?

Leavin (4m 44s):

That is the one.

Joel (4m 45s):

Wow. So for our listeners, Leavin, I think saw me speak in the mid two thousands and reached out to me a couple of years ago when we could still travel and said, Hey, do you want to come to our annual conference and do a little talk about whatever you want? And I said, sure, why not? Went out to a middle, middle aged city, some Renaissance, whatever alcove in Belgium. Leavin fed me beers showed me a good time and I can tell you he's, you know, in his 20 years experience, the dude is super sharp in this industry. He knows Europe as good as anybody that I've ever talked to.

Joel (5m 25s):

And for those reasons, a little teaser here, everybody, you're going to hear a lot more from Leavin in the future. I'll just Leavin, it at that, if you know what I'm saying. So Leavin fan of the show, you know, we got to do shout outs. So I'm gonna let you do the first one, my friend.

Leavin (5m 41s):

Okay. Then one, just one big shout out to my boss. <inaudible> who finally got COVID. She's been avoiding it for two years now, but she finally got covered and I wish her all the best.

Joel (5m 56s):

So in Europe is finally got COVID a badge of honor. I don't understand why that's a shout out?

Leavin (6m 1s):

Well, no, but she's evading it for almost two years and now it's caught up with her. So we feel sorry for her, and we hope she's getting better fast because I miss her.

Joel (6m 13s):

Well, if she's listening to her best employee on this sad excuse for a podcast she's not doing very well at the moment. Anyway, so how has COVID how's it going? How's the vaccination going in Europe?

Leavin (6m 26s):

Oh, it depends on what country you're in. Belgium is going slow. The other countries, some are doing great. The Nordics are pretty advanced, I guess, Ireland as well, UK, probably too. But in Belgium, they've been talking a lot about what vaccine are we going to give? And then they were all sold out so we had to wait.

Joel (6m 47s):

Well, thankfully, a lot of countries are opening up to travel, which makes Chad and I very happy. So hopefully we'll be able to have some of that Belgian brew, face-to-face at some point in the fall.,

Leavin (6m 60s):

I'm expecting you on November the 18th of November to be precise. And

Joel (7m 6s):

Look at you! Throwing in the plugs. Yeah, seriously in the podcast. I like that. What was that date again? Leavin November what?

Leavin (7m 15s):

Number 18th. It's our <inaudible> day. And it's <inaudible> recruitment conference to Congress at which you spoke a few years ago in <inaudible>. Now it's an Austin's it's at the sea and we're going to do it a hybrid, so if COVID stops bothering us, you'll be there present. I will be there anyway, but you will be there live and otherwise it will be virtual. Sorry

Joel (7m 38s):

It's hard to drink beer virtually as good as the stuff that comes out of Belgium. So anyway, hopefully we can get there in person. I've got a couple shout outs. Number one, I've got a shout out for Gwyneth Paltrow. I'm not sure she's got gotten COVID yet or not, but anyway, her company GOOP, which I've never bought anything from, is being sued. So a Texas man is suing Paltrow's company, over a $75 candle called you ready for this? The candle is called "this smells like my vagina." The Texas man said the candle exploded in his bedroom.

Joel (8m 22s):

This has to be a joke, right?