You’re probably going to want to bookmark this one.
You’re probably going to want to bookmark this one.
Here’s a thought provoking TED Talk about valuing perfection.
Jon Bowers of UPS tells us that “Trying our best is not good enough” and “we seek perfection and settle for nothing less”. But what if we think of perfection in a different way?
Our company hit a significant milestone recently. We’re all grown up, at age twenty one. Just like a 21-year-old, our company has gone through growth spurts, and perhaps sometimes an awkward stage. And like a person, we have grown with knowledge and experience every year.
Our 21st birthday is a sentimental one, full of celebration and reflection surrounding this coming of age milestone.
As we reflect, we’re proud that we’ve worked hard to develop solid, mature relationships because of trust and respect. Clients return for multiple placements and with each subsequent placement, we gain a better understanding of their unique culture fit.
We are so very thankful for so many loyal clients where we have developed a successful relationship that translates into placing all their new hires. When facilitating a candidate and company match, we always hope to get the fit right for our client but also help our candidates set off on a fulfilling career path. When we continue to work with these organizations year after year, we get to watch our former candidates progress within these organizations, which ends up being very fulfilling for us.
We often hear about all the great people our candidates were introduced to during the interviews we arrange; we love it when our clients showcase their employees, and ultimately their culture, during the interview process. We love it, even more, when we hear that our placements are now the employees interviewing new potential talent and helping to choose their next best hire.
We stay close to our clients and candidates, selfishly maybe – so we get to experience all these fulfilling moments… but also because as we mature, and our clients grow over time, our working relationship becomes easier. We become better at anticipating needs and recognizing good fit.
When we have a great interview at McNak, the team discusses where that person would fit best. Of course, we have open roles and immediate recruitment needs that we are working hard to fill… but, we also have the ability to imagine that person working for a specific client and fitting in great! We give that hiring manager a call, just in case they are thinking of growing the team anytime soon. This might be the same client who calls us in November to let us know they might be hiring in March, just so we can keep our eyes open in the meantime. Building on each year of partnership, with more knowledge, comes more success, and that is something to celebrate!
Just like a 21-year-old, we reflect on how far we’ve come, but also look forward to continuing to learn and grow. Saying this, maybe this milestone is more similar to a couple celebrating their 21st Anniversary? Our partnerships with clients are built on trust, growing from added knowledge and experiences year after year; we are better together, and it gets better with every year.
Need to brush up on job interview etiquette? Take a look at this short video with two quick tips to keep in mind for your next job interview.
After the interview, take the time with a follow up email or message to say thank you to the hiring manager for taking their time to meet with you. Always remember to be patient and polite when asking about next steps etc.
When it comes to asking questions, make sure you have your most important questions ready to ask. Time them throughout the interview versus loading them up at the beginning or the end.
And remember – Don’t forget to relax…. You might find yourself enjoying the job-search process.
Starting each day with this one habit will set you up for success.
Navy Seal Admiral McRaven explains at a university commencement speech why making your bed everyday may be the best way to start off your day.
“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”
~ U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McRaven
Do you want your business to be average or great?
Of course you strive for your company’s success. You want your business to be great. Your company won’t succeed if it is just average. What happens if you hire average employees? You get average results, an uninspiring culture, and an average company.
Be your best and hire the best.
Hiring great employees will fuel your corporate culture with positive results, and ultimately affect the bottom line. Think about this for your next hire. Invest in the greatest people for your company.
Every Monday gives us a chance for a fresh start.
It can be a challenge to find the ideal employee. The video below indicates 15 traits of the ideal employee. All of these traits are good, but is it realistic for one person to possess all these traits? Ideally, an organization would hire many people with most of these traits, but not all. A company thrives when employees have complimentary skills and traits. Building a team with complimentary traits make for a more balanced company. Still, watching this video can give hiring managers an idea of what to look for when building their teams.
I recently had a conversation with an office manager who really seemed to be struggling with the “Glass-half-empty” syndrome. I know that we all can struggle with this from time-to-time, but this manager really had a bad case of it.
He had been working hard with his staff over the past couple of years and felt that no matter what management strategies he tried he still could not produce the “Super Team” he wanted.
I asked him to tell me what successes they accomplished last year as a team. He began to tell me that they did finish a much-needed protocol manual, which took much longer to do than he expected. They also achieved making a Facebook page for their company and to date have 156 followers, yet he thought they could have accomplished more.
And finally, they had reached their monthly financial goals 3 months out of the year. This was good, but not great since they had never reached them before.
When he finished, I told him that he and his team had accomplished a lot to be proud of this past year and if he continued to focus on what they did not do he would pass his negative feeling along to his team and then good luck in trying to motivate them to be successful this year.
His hard work with his team had paid off. He was just missing it because he was looking at the wrong thing.
He was leading them down the right road, it was just a little bumpier than he expected. I encouraged him to keep moving forward even if he and his team are moving at baby step speed. Little accomplishments are better than none.
“Success is not a destination, but the road you are on.” ~ Unknown