Getting on the bus: six tips for making new hires

I’m attending the Women Presidents’ Organization 12th Annual Conference in Atlanta this week.  Jim Collins, author of a number of books including Good to Great and his most recent, Great by Choice, was this morning’s keynote speaker.

NEMT CEO Linda Sullivan

This is the third time I’ve heard Jim speak and he is one of the best – not only for content but also for style and delivery.  No yawning going on in that room of 750 women business owners this morning.  He gave us several ‘lists’ of takeaways.  Here are his six things to do when hiring people for those all important seats on the bus.
1.  Make sure the new hire’s core values fit with your company/department/facility when they walk in the door.

2.  The person should not need to be tightly managed.  Guided, developed – yes but not micromanaged.

3.  They need to understand that they have responsibilities not a job.

4.  They need to actually do what they say they are going to do.  What a concept! This is my personal favorite.

5.  Display window and mirror maturity.  Meaning when things go well they point out the window giving others credit and when things don’t go well they look in the mirror and accept responsibility themselves.

6.  Think that what your company/department/facility does is cool.  They have passion for the work and the goals.

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