nce back and go at it again all the other skills don't matter. When I hit the car and fly over the hood I like to spend a few moments getting really really upset. Get it all out and then shake it off. Actually I describe it as rolling around in the mud for a while before I get in the shower to start over.
I hired a young, inexperienced college grad once because I thought she had lots of potential and wasn't afraid of sales or the telephone. She & I were elated after she made her first placement only 3 weeks after she started. Then 2 weeks later she got the dreaded call from the boss saying that the hire wasn't working out. It hit her so hard that she said if she had to do this job forever she would commit suicide :-> A little hyperbole probably but it got the point across. All that potential worth zilch because she couldn't handle the blows.
The only reason I don't close my eyes and race down the hill anymore is because I hate those crashes at the bottom.....but at least if I do crash I've perfected my mud rolling.…
Added by Fran Hogan at 8:31am on September 21, 2009
relation of having certain personal characteristics with achieving financial and other measures of success. The #1 correlated characteristic to obtaining those measures of success, financial included, was the person's ability to work on objectives that required postponing their need for immediate reward. Doing so on a regular basis was therefore the #1 predictor of financial and other measures of future success.
While this probably isn't a huge surprise to anyone reading this, ask yourself the question, how many of the firms that you work with as clients give anything more to this idea than lipservice. My experience has been that they don't even have a long tem plan for increasing their productivity or profitability by investing in current employees much less in those that might want to be employed there.
I'm totally in favor of your proposal to the HR dept professionals to develop a proactive pipeline of great candidates but I think they are in a tough spot. That is, do they want to be identified as an expense whose benefit to develop the company's long term profits when upper management usually makes most decisions on cutbacks based upon more immediate (and often less profitable) returns?
In the meantime Simon, great post and keep up the good fight.
Best regards, Reb…
en keen to know how many candidates you've hired where you had a positive gut feel but where the candidate still turned out to be a duff?
Without being present in the interviews you discuss I obviously can't comment, but I would love to know the types of questions you ask and the further drill-down / fact finding questions you adopt to confirm whether your gut instincts are indeed correct.
Gut instincts are usually too heavily influenced by first impressions. First impressions are influenced by the interviewers personal preferences and the cultural, ethical, lifestyle, up-bringing etc filters that people view their individual worlds through. You need real discipline to challenge these otherwise you could just end up recruiting someone based the dreaded 4 A's of recruitment i.e. people who are Articulate, Amiable, Attractive and Assertive tend to do well in interviews. People are often blinded by this and forget to then challenge other key characteristic around leadership and role specific technical competence. If someone ticks the 4 A's boxes it doesn't mean they'll be able to fulfil the objectives of the role they're being recruited for... Unless you're recruiting for a role where these are the only competencies you require, but let’s face it, there aren't many roles out there just requiring the traits are there.…
g with authenticity is my "secret sauce." Love me or hate me: what you see is what you get. No hidden agenda, no playing politics, no BS. EVER. But frankly, referring to Twain, I'm not smart enough to behave any other way.
From a professional aspect, I too have been let down far too many times by people demonstrating anything but integrity. I've always entered relationships open minded, expecting the best, and generally willing to give people the benefit of the doubt if something doesn't quite go so swell from the get go.
However, not at all able to compromise on integrity or ethics. I don't like getting screwed and can't sit by knowing someone else is being screwed. Even if/when it would obviously benefit me to do so, I have been known to refuse to budge on an issue that I was being pressured to loosen up on or look the other way when some type of situation was inconvenient in the integrity department.
Love the Buffet quote. Funny that integrity is one of my strongly held values. Intelligence is obviously highly subjective, but I do what I can to pay attention to building that - always! One of the most common things I hear from other people when they first meet me or see me after not being around for a while is that I have so much "energy" or they love my "energy."
On a lighter note... not that I actually pay much attention to astrology, but I have read some things related to my sign - Aquarius, that seems validates these values. That combined with assorted self-awareness tools accumulated over the years tends to show a distinct pattern for this insistence on integrity.