Have you ever thought, “Why do I do what I do?” Simply offering a high-quality product with more features or better service or a better price does not create difference. Differentiation happens in WHY and HOW you do it. Take an eye-opening look at Start with Why by Simon Sinek.
If your company is doing what its always done, it may be losing its competitive advantage from both a customer and employment perspective. Never before in our world’s history have there been so many changes and uncertainties. The way in which you manage these changes affect your organizational performance.
“Teamwork makes the dream work.” This John C. Maxwell quote rings true to every single successful organization. Yet, when working with others in any capacity you may find you are at a disconnect, based on differences in communication or behavioral styles. Because of this, projects could take longer than needed and feelings of frustration may arise between coworkers. (more…)
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When interviewing a potential employee it is easy to make one or more of the following mistakes. By exploring these, hopefully you can navigate around them and find that quality person to fill your need.
We ask all YES/NO questions:
“Did you do well in your last position?” “Have you ever had a problem with attendence?”
What is the candidate supposed to say? Have a few open ended questions. They talk, YOU LISTEN
We talk too much:
“Hi, Jane. in this job we’re looking for someone who can blah, blah, blah, someone who is flexible, can multi task, etc…etc…. Now Jane, please tell me more about your job experience and background.” You just gave away all the details of what you are looking for. The candidate can answer to make the match.
We apply the halo error:
Often, the business owner gets referrals from clients, other employees, etc… Just because the candidate is the daughter of your best client, doesn’t necessarily mean she will be right for your job opening.
We expect to get a bargain
What do you think will happen if you offer much less than what their skills are worth in the marketplace? They will be with you for six months and still be applying for other positions and you will need to start the process all over again.
Finally – We fail to check references
This is a NO BRAINER and yet we don’t do it. Ask for a former supervisor and call directly with open ended questions about areas of achievement and subtle questions about areas of concern you have from the interview will go a LONG WAY toward insuring you get a good hire.
Guest Blog provided by Jackie Van Ahn. Jackie spent 25 years as the Director of Human Resources at Kirke-Van Orsdel and the last 10 years consulting through her own business HRLink. For questions or to talk to Jackie in more detail, you may reach her at (515)225.6230.