Are you hiring an Expense or an Investment?

Updated: May 21

Are you seen as an investment or an expense?

The Question is what is the difference?

Is the candidate trainable/ coachable?

One of my favorite leadership movies Miracle (2004), it's a sports movie based on the true story about the United States men's ice hockey team, led by head coach Herb Brooks in 1980.

The coach took significant heat for not accepting a hockey superstar for the 1980 US Olympic team. The coach said the superstar wasn't a team player and he wanted a tight team. None of us are as good or smart as all of us!

I always assess for and recommend talent that is coachable and a team player. I used to ask our managers if their team would be be better, an improving investment each year. I told them that was how I evaluated their value as managers.

Leadership is not about being the best! Great Leaders make everyone else better!

Talent that is coachable, excited about the team, the organization and the vision can be inspired to exceed even their expectations! John R. Daley

So I look for talent that is and has developed themselves each year.

How well developed are their communications skills, emotional intelligence and how well can they read and adapt their communications styles to different personality/ behavioral styles. I use out TTI talent assessments to get a good picture of where they are and if they are coachable. The assessment report allows us to narrow down the candidates to the best match for the job description and the organization. The assessments also give the interviewer insight into weaknesses and strengths that can be discussed during the interview.

The Goal for me has always been to hire Investments that will develop and grow with the organization. A candidate that will fit in with the team and help everyone meet their individual and team goals. A win/ win!

What do you think!

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