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Hiring is the Single Most Important People Activity in Your Organization

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 10, 2022

“Hiring is the most important people function you have, and most of us aren’t as good at it as we think. Refocusing your resources on hiring better will have a higher return than almost any training program you can develop.” ~Laszlo Bock, Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead

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Topics: People, People Decisions, hiring decisions, Hiring, Work Rules - Insights from Inside Google

Align Priorities – Improve Hiring – Monty Moran

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 12, 2021

Watching businesses for the past 20+ years as a coach, there’s no bigger mistake made, beyond not choosing a One Thing Priority, then failing to make it clear to your people what you expect from them.

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Topics: Business Priorities, hiring decisions, Alignment, Monty Moran, Love is Free. Gauc is Extra, Empowerment

How Fast Will Your Business Grow – Packard's Law

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 7, 2019


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Topics: Topgrading, hiring decisions, Topgrading, People Decisions,, First Who Then What, Packard's Law

Your Hiring Batting Average – The NFL Draft Standard

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, May 4, 2017

The following blog was written on May 8th 2014 shortly after the NFL Draft.  I’ve decided to reprint it with some new ideas and include an offer from Topgrading to help you improve your Hiring Batting Average.

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Topics: People, People Decisions, hiring decisions, The Right People, Performance Matrix, Your Hiring Batting Average

Hiring for Attitude

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 16, 2016

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Topics: Topgrading, hiring decisions, Cost of Mis-hire, Topgrading, People Decisions,, Attitude

Core Competencies Interview - Topgrading

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 12, 2015

In Take No Short Cuts to Hiring we looked at the process of recruiting and interviewing candidates for a Chief Operating Officer for one of my customers using the Topgrading Process.

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Topics: People Decisions, Topgrading, hiring decisions, The Right People

Take No Short Cuts to Hiring

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Sep 14, 2015

Your business is growing.  Your capacity and desire to manage the company is not only beyond your capacity it’s also something you don’t enjoy.  You’re the rainmaker for your business, and you love selling and the relationship aspect of the business.  The details don’t interest you.  Better to leave these to your administration team.

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Topics: A Players, Topgrading, hiring decisions, recruiting, Snap Shot Page

Recruiting and Hiring with Core Values

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jul 16, 2015

What do you use your Core Values for?  How do you use them?

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Topics: Core Values, hiring decisions, recruiting

Core Values in Candidate Selection – Zappos “Are You Lucky?”

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Aug 14, 2014

I’m on vacation this week and decided to repost two blogs that I feel have a message that needs to be repeated.  The following blog is from February 6th, 2014. People as noted in Jim Collins Good to Great are the #1 factor in business success.  Making sure you are hiring the right people is critical to ensuring your business success.  Rockefeller Habits best practices demand creating Core Values.  How do you use those Core Values?  If you’re not using them to develop questions to determine if you have the right candidates to fit your culture, you should consider developing them.  Here’s an example from Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh on how to use Core Values as they do to discover whether potential employees are a good fit in their culture.

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Core Values, People, Bone Marrow Transplant, hiring decisions, Mono Somy 7, Best Business Practices, Michelle Wick

NFL Draft – Hiring the Right People – One Question

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, May 8, 2014

What’s the first question you need to determine about the people you consider hiring?

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Topics: Core Values, Core Purpose, A Players, Topgrading, hiring decisions, NFL Draft

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