Remember Stephen Covey’s Habit #2 When Hiring

Stephen Covey’s sad passing reminds us of his popular “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” that was published in 1989 and has sold more than 25 million copies in 38 languages.  This iconic inspirational book is as pertinent today as it was 23 years ago. Though Covey presented many lessons to apply to the selection process, the most important is Habit #2: Begin With The End In Mind.

All too often hiring managers get caught up in the details of the selection process and lose sight of why they are making the hire to begin with.  What’s important is finding a way to accomplish the success factors associated with a job.  If hiring someone achieves that objective, great.  If the success factors can be accomplished by some other means, that’s great too.

Don’t assume making the perfect hire is going to ultimately achieve success.  Start by defining what success in the job looks like and recruit, hire, on-board, and manage towards those goals.  A good hire alone without success defined will not necessarily achieve the objective.

Empower your hiring managers to “Begin With The End In Mind,” define success, and you’ll achieve the results you are looking for.

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