WARNING: Don’t read this post if you are at all involved in recruiting or hiring and want to sleep soundly tonight
Ok, with that disclaimer out of the way, I can proceed. If you believe that the performance of your team plays a huge role in the outcome of your mission, here are 5 questions for which you’ve got to have answers (Mavericks at Work, pp. 255-261):
- Why should great people join your organization? Hello! Let’s just say the best thing for most of us will be to stop here and just work on this question.
- Do you know a great person when you see one? This may need a little explanation. What are they driving at? Here it is. Do you have a clear idea of how a great team member acts? What they do when under pressure? How they respond to a challenge? Can you describe it?
- Can you find great people who aren’t looking for you? This might be a deal-breaker for lots of us. Based on the assumption that you probably won’t find great team members at a job fair or responding to a classified. So you’ve got to be able to go find them.
- Are you great at teaching great people how your organization works and wins? Based on the assumption that the whole team operates better when they understand how things really work.
- Does your organization work as distinctively as it competes. I love this line from the section: "Leaders who are determined to elevate the people factor in business understand that the real work begins once talented people walk through the door." That’s a big statement. It says a lot about how important it is to truly go after the best team.
Now, can you read that and just take a nap? Or do you need to pause and think through these questions? How will you answer them?
Years ago I was at a conference where the speaker made a point 30 minutes into a two day seminar and then said, "What we should really do right here is just stop. All of you should take a notebook and get off by yourselves and work through the implications of just that one point. Working through that one point would serve all of you in a big way."
That’s how it is with these 5 questions. Any one of them could be a half day away for key leaders. What do you think?