Make the Call about Team Members

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We can waste a lot of our leadership energy worrying or complaining about and then trying to fix the flaws in our team members. As we and they dance around our uncertainty, the whole company suffers. So let’s make the call. Either we believe they can do it and we support them to get there […]

The Value of Value

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Hire this person who has the experience or wait to find someone who fits our culture? Discount out of fear that this client will leave or hold out for clients who appreciate and pay for our value? If we make decisions for expediency and against our values, we give away the value of our values. […]

Hire The Expert…?

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Who would you rather hire: the expert or the novice? Which we should hire depends on what we mean by “expert.” Often we think we need experts who know how to do the work really well and who can be up to speed quickly. They already know how to make the sale, work the numbers, […]

What to Do When We See People Struggling, Pushing, Fighting, Complaining, Burning Out, or Leaving.

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Every business must have a rhythm for people getting the right things done well together. The rhythm includes regular, sane, productive meetings, a way to select, do, track, and course-correct strategic projects, communication and accountability norms, role designs that say what results (not tasks) we expect from each person, hiring people who understand and support […]

What Not to Focus On When Hiring

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What to look for when hiring? It’s not what usually appears on people’s resumes. It’s not grades or degrees. Google has proven that for us. And it’s not experience or accomplishments; these are too tied to the work of past collaborators and to past companies’ cultures, industries, and market conditions. Instead, focus on the role. […]

Nice Beats Experience

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We can waste a lot of time struggling with people who are smart, hard working, experienced, connected, and/or driven but who are not the good, nice people we want to work with. Hire first for attitude and values. Then for smarts and relationships. And train the rest.   In your corner, Mike PS: Leaders who have […]

Attitude etc.

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Most of us hire employees based on their skills and experience. We believe that these are the best predictors of success. We filter for them on resumes. We test for them in interviews. And we think we need to find people who will be productive right away. But as the old adage goes, “When we […]


A Real Pain in the Assumption Biases when Hiring

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Bias in hiring is not limited to discrimination against people belonging to specific groups or having certain traits. We must also watch for assumption biases. Without careful thought, we may select people based on hidden assumptions about the role, the environment, ourselves, and the candidates. For example, take this assumption: “I have to get along with […]