Thursday, October 11, 2012

Persistence in Recruitment

Most people in recruitment agree that persistence is a common trait in successful people and particularly leaders. Not many have a method of testing for persistence, and 'demonstrated experience' is pretty shaky in this regards.

We've recently refined our talent pool strategy and are getting better at it. Here's a little example of how you can give someone reasonable feedback on what they need to do to be reconsidered - names changed to protect the innocent! It also illustrates the importance of spelling in business communication and addressing the email correctly! 

Lastly, protecting and developing our company as an aspirational brand............

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire

by Bernard M. Bass & Bruce J. Avolio
The benchmark measure of transformational leadership

The Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire measures a broad range of leadership types from passive leaders, to leaders who give contingent rewards to followers, to leaders who transform their followers into becoming leaders themselves. The MLQ identifies the characteristics of a transformational leader and helps individuals discover how they measure up in their own eyes and in the eyes of those with whom they work. Success can be measured through a retesting program to track changes in leadership style. The program described in the MLQ Trainer's Guide provides a solid base for leadership training.

·       Measures, explains and demonstrates to individuals the key factors that set truly exceptional  leaders apart from marginal ones
·       Differentiates effective and ineffective leaders at all organizational levels
·       Assesses the effectiveness of an entire organization's leadership
·       Valid across cultures and types of organizations

Monday, October 8, 2012

Outliers - By Malcolm Gladwell

Steve gave me the book Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell,  to read last year and I knocked it off this weekend so I can return it to him in Noosa. Here are some notes:

Similar in its approach to 'Freakenomics', Outliers debunks come conventional wisdoms about those who achieve success. Suggesting the intelligence isn't perfectly correlated, and the circumstantial part of 'nurture' plays a significant role, including the cultural norms into which you were born.

The Italians from Roseto who's intimate and culturally isolated town, lead to them living longer and healthier lives than their peer towns. This as a result of their happy and community based lifestyles. Even whilst smoking and drinking! They were 'Outliers', a statistical anomaly if viewed through 'conventional' glasses
>>> Purpose, a sense of belonging and village support are key.

Canadian hockey and many other sports select people apparently based on merit, however, the competitiveness is such that from a very early age players are selected and 'streamed' accordingly. Given the rapid rates of maturation in youth, for example, this leads to.......