PRINCIPLES OF ATTRACTING TALENT

What you will find if you have been in leadership long enough is that the people you start with are not typically the people you finish with.  The best advice I have ever heard is to get the right people on the bus, and figure out the positions later.  Some situations require that you hire for the position because of trade specific needs, however, my recommendation is to hire for flexibility, because, not everybody does the same thing forever.

Surround yourself with people who are people magnets, people who can attract talent, and create energy in your organization.  How do you know you’ve hired the wrong people?  If they call you and you don’t want to answer the phone to talk to them, they are not your people magnets, and they also may not be the right people to have on your bus.

How do you attract talent?  As a leader, you must be willing to learn from everyone, especially if you are going to survive in today’s market.  As an organization, you must be willing to review everything you do.  What works, what doesn’t, what’s confusing, what needs to change, and what needs to stay the same.  If you are unwilling to change, you will find yourself behind in the marketplace and unable to attract talent.