Finding Good People is Only as Hard as You Make It
Updated: Oct 20
"The executives who ignited the transformations from good to great did not first figure out where to drive the bus and then get people to take it there."
These are the wise words of Jim Collins, from his book Good to Great. and they hold a powerful truth that many business leaders overlook. But let's be real, when most businesses talk about finding the "right people," they're really just talking about people they like. It's time to stop relying on gut instinct or personal biases and start using talent assessment tools and processes to get the right people in place.
It's not just about finding the right people; it's also about weeding out the wrong ones. Having a process in place that includes an objective methodology to remove those who don't fit and assets to identify the right fits can help businesses get to the Next level.
Here’s what I mean:
A well defined organizational chart.
Clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
Position Profiles that align skills to natural tendencies
Assessment tools to support the above (5 Voices from GiANT or Predictive Index)
Metrics that the team member has direct control to perform against and/or improve
With these pieces in place businesses can attract and retain the right talent, while minimizing the risk of making costly hiring mistakes.
Ultimately, the ability to achieve your vision is going to be a team effort. Get the right team in place, and you don’t have to carry the bus on your back a moment longer.