What’s the first question you need to determine about the people you consider hiring?
Strategic Discipline Blog
A fundamental principle of Good to Great and The Rockefeller Habits is the first place to grow your business is People. People is one of the Four Decisions in growing your business, that you must get right or risk leaving significant revenues, profits, and time on the table. If you don’t recall Jim Collins quote from Good to Great, you should keep it somewhere on your desk as a constant reminder, “First who than what.”
People, Collins states, are more important that the product or service you provide.
Imagine if 96% of the people you hire one year later would not only be working for you but performing at a higher level than the candidates you’d hired previously for this position.
Attempting to find someone to fill a key position at your company after they’ve left is the worst time to do so.
When you move into hiring phase for your business are you absolutely sure what you are looking for? In fact when you look at your current staff positions are you confident each of your people know exactly what’s required of them to fulfill their jobs on a daily basis?
One of the dramatic influences I’ve been forced to embrace is change. The Acute Myeloid Leukemia I encountered on February 25th dramatically changed my life. It forced change upon me and it also made me more open to change. In another blog I will discuss these changes more. Today let’s focus on an icon in industry that faced the need to change.
Friday on my return from a meeting with the bone marrow transplant program and my transplant doctor (Dr Silverman) I had time to consider commitment as my wife and I drove back to Cedar Rapids from the University of Iowa. The numbers given us about bone marrow transplant weren’t particularly encouraging. Only about 15% of bone marrow transplant patients make it beyond a couple of years and get into complete remission of their cancer. Appalling! You thought the numbers are disappointing for people lying on their resumes.
If you’ve spent any time hiring and recruiting then you know that when you get a lot of candidates to sift through, disqualifying them can be a big time investment headache. Candidates that lie on their resume have reached appalling numbers, with even the top chap at Yahoo willing to deceive.
Imagine the people who worked around you were responsible for your life. Living or dying literally could be in their hands and their ability to concentrate and remain focused on the right things might make that type of difference?