guest post by Dr. Seth Stone : Has anyone ever told you what to do without telling you how to do it?
I’ve been there and done that, it’s a frustrating experience for everyone involved. To that point, I read an article about good Human Resource (HR) practices the other day. It offered some valuable insight. The only problem was, the final nugget of wisdom was, “to hire great people.” Does this strike anyone else as easier said than done? In this scenario, the ‘what’ is a great idea, but without the ‘how’ it’s like going on a scavenger hunt blindfolded.
This got me thinking, is there a practical yet simplistic way we can go about hiring great people? After all, HR and hiring are so difficult for the sheer sake that human beings are the ultimate wild card in any organization. A mentor once told me, if you want to see a person’s true character, give them power. I think the same can be said of hiring. Have you ever interviewed an outstanding candidate and found after hiring them that they could have won an Oscar for their modern day rendition of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? If you have, you know what an organizational nightmare it can be. Despite these challenges, I believe there are four simple steps we can take to try and find great talent.
While these may feel like unconventional practices in some respect, I’m a firm believer that if we want to get better at something, we have to be willing to see it and approach it differently than we did in the past. What I’m really suggesting here is that we bring the human element of Human Resources back into our hiring processes.