Swallowing Your Pride and Hiring Real Talent

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Let’s face it: a hiring manager’s job is tough. It’s not easy to find someone out there in a pool of thousands of applicants who “fits.” And we don’t just mean fits the job description or has a skill set that fits the position. It’s also important to find someone who fits in terms of the actual office environment and someone that might actually have more talent than the person who is hiring. In essence, a hiring manager has to find someone that is better than him or her; someone who can do things they can’t and, at times, that can be a bit hard to swallow. How do you find someone who is better than you after admitting that that’s what you’re looking for?

Jason Seiden’s new blog post, “How to Surround Yourself with People Better than Yourself” might be able to help. Seiden’s article offers a few how-to tips on making the right (and tough) decision. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Let go of judgment. The first step in recognizing talent is recognizing talent! You can only do this if you are able to put aside your own issues and prejudices and see others for who they are. ie, if you’re starving, any chef is a 4 star chef. You’ve got to be able to compensate for your own “schtick” when assessing others.
  • Let go of jealousy. If you’re jealous of what they’ve got, you’ll feel it, they’ll feel it, and badness will be inevitable.
  • Let go of labels. Strong people don’t need anyone to define a relationship with labels because they’re able to figure it out on their own. Trying to label a relationship can scare a strong person off. (Not comfortable with ambiguity? Keep that to yourself.)
  • Let go of doubt. Great people want people around them who are even better then themselves. If you don’t believe you belong, you don’t belong.
  • Let go of control. Great people will do things you don’t understand and can’t explain. Insisting on living in a world you fully understand will keep you from experiencing people who can open you up to new and bigger ideas. Great people approach their worlds with innocence, wonder, and curiosity.
  • Let go of you. Help the people around you shine brighter. The strong ones’ll keep you around and start feeding your gift back to you. (The weak ones will show their true colors by trying to take advantage or assuming mal-intent on your part—easy to deal with once you’re prepared for it.)
  • Let go of self-esteem. The thing about surrounding yourself with awesome is, you are always being challenged. It’s with love and support, but they’re challenges nonetheless, and you must win, without help, without cheating, without rationalizing. And when you don’t win, you must bounce back quickly and confidently because you don’t want to fail twice in a row.
  • Let go of safe. Surrounding yourself with extraordinary people guarantees one thing: change. Scary, risky, life-altering change. No-more-comfort-zone change. For instance, if I were the worlds’ best matchmaker and we were hanging out, I could find you your true love. When I did, would you be ready? Great people requires us to abandon the safe harbor of our routines.

Seiden concludes with, “Did you get it yet? Greatness happens when you let go. It’s the ultimate ‘stone soup;’ you bring only your true self and all the other ingredients you think you need actually are provided by others when the time comes. It takes an incredible amount of self-confidence and faith to play this game—but I never did say it was easy. That’s my recipe. I hope you can make it work for you!” To read all of Seiden’s tips, see his blog for even more helpful information.

Have you experienced a tough time finding the talent that you need? Have you ever been afraid to hire anyone because his or her methods weren’t exactly in your “comfort zone?”

Have you ever experienced the opposite- gone out on a limb to hire someone even though you weren’t sure and had wonderful or terrible results? Share with us.

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About Kate Gamble

Known to have her hands in a ton of things at one time - Kate is a confessed news junkie and proud Dean’s List grad. Whether she’s working the PR or HR side of her brain, her computer’s mouse or her Dremel (she makes handcrafted jewelry too!), Kate delivers the energy, commitment, and detail-orientation that are a perfect mix for Alstin.