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Hire Smart: Hire Attitude - Train Skill



Attitude

is defined as ones’ feelings or mood - Positive or negative - toward things,

circumstances or people. No matter how you may choose to define attitude, it is

one of your “most priceless” or disabling possessions.

You, and

only you, are in charge of your attitude! You must realize that your attitude

is your choice to make, and that you alone can decide how to deal with events

in your life. Your attitude will determine how you position yourself in life

and what you get or don’t get out of life.

Attitude

is important because attitude is everything! It drives virtually every decision

you make and how you live each day of your life. Your attitude either propels you

forward or holds you back.

Attitude is a

reflection of the person inside, and while the external circumstancesin your life can be chaotic, with a great

attitude you can sill chart your path.

Viktor Frankel,

psychologist and survivor of the World War II holocaust, observed a few men in

the concentration camps walking through the huts comforting others, giving

proof that everything can be taken from a human, but the last of human freedoms

- the choice of ones attitude in any given circumstance – can not be taken.

I have had the

pleasure of hiring directly or indirectly thousands of people throughout my

career. I have also experienced the distasteful process of having to fire

individuals. I have never fired someone for lack of skills; it has always been

based on behavioral problems. I did not fire them for a bad attitude, but

rather for specific behavioral problems which were as a result of their

attitude. Because of my experience I have developed eight rules for hiring from

the outside and for promoting from within.

Eight

Rules for Hiring Smart






  1. Hire attitude, train skill. (Southwest

    Airlines mantra)






  1. Hire people for “who they are” first,

    and “what they know” second. What they Know, and will need to know,

    changes, Who they Are Doesn't.






  1. Hire people first with the right

    mind-set, and second with the right tool-set.






  1. Hire people who have a demonstrated

    record of life-long learning and the “application” of that learning.






  1. The best predictor of future behavior is

    past behavior. Ask interview questions that get them to talk about how

    they have reacted in certain situations (change, stress, wins, conflict,

    deadlines, teamwork, etc.) Listen to learn.






  1. Hire people who are passionate and have

    accomplished things in their life.






  1. Look for energy, humor, spirit and

    self-confidence, and a great attitude.






  1. Hire people who are excited about

    managing their own career, contributing to the greater good of the

    organization and involved in the community. Great people are normally

    greatly involved!




The most common - and

fatal - hiring mistake is to find someone with the right skills but the wrong

mind-set and hire them on the theory, “We can change them.”




Hiring smart is productive, not doing so is

unproductive.


Author:. Roger has a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership, from Gonzaga University, a dual undergraduate degree in Economics & Business Administration, from Park University, an AA degree in Business, as well as 1,500 certified hours of training in technical disciplines. He’s had over forty articles, numerous white papers and two books and two eBooks published.

Roger is a member of the International Coaching Federation. Additionally, he has completed many pro...

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