Humility and Your Next Hire

Finding – and retaining – employees that “fit” has become more the rule than exception over the last couple of decades. The thinking being, within reason, skills can be taught – but attitude is inherent. Hiring managers have devised their own methods of determining fit, such as “speed interviewing” through several team members, or the “dinner test” – after a particularly tough day in the office, would you want to share a meal with this candidate?

How do you determine fit, and what exactly, does “fit” mean?

Fitting into the team requires a great team player, regardless of affection (or lack of) for avocados, country music, standing desks, or having puppies at the office. The team might enjoy having a “great guy” around, but will your latest hire be a great fit for the needs of the organization?

Since I started Smart Savvy, our team has interviewed over 4000 people. Resulting, we have gained tremendous insight into careers that soar, or gone off the rails, through our unique vantage point of learning about successes through people’s own hindsights. As the story goes, there are usually three sides to every story, and that same perspective must be given to evaluating candidates for each and every role.

Great team players that fit your organization

Patrick Lencioni’s “The Ideal Team Player: How to Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues” provides some indispensable advice on hiring—and working with current employees—for successful teams. Lencioni advises ideal team players have three core virtues: they are humble, hungry and smart—in roughly equal measure, with an unwavering requirement for humility.
Great team players lack excessive ego or concerns about status. They are quick to point out the contributions of others and slow to seek attention for their own. They share credit, emphasize team over self, and define success collectively rather than individually. Humility is the single greatest and most indispensable attribute of being a team player.” ― Patrick Lencioni

After 10+ years in the recruitment industry and the launch of a successful leader development series, we’re more than confident in how we help clients find, retain and develop #standapart people. In fact, we gave those methods, our culture, a name—People Are the Plan™. But we also recognize brilliance when we see it. Lencioni’s book deepened our perspective and provided us with a new vocabulary for what we do and how we do it.

Interested in learning more about “Humble, Hungry & Smart” and how to make certain your next hire is an Ideal Team Player? Our next Leader Lounge is for you: On May 31, we’re presenting a leadership workshop with a focus on the three components that create an ideal team player and how to look for them when hiring (and develop them in your current employees).

Details and registration here.

Smart Savvy founder, Peter Reek, is a (humble) leader, (hungry) entrepreneur and (smart) boots-on-the-ground optimist. Peter brings an experienced, people-first perspective to specialized solutions for marketing, communications + sales recruitment. Peter knows people and he knows how high=performing ones can help businesses reach (and exceed).

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