What do you look for when hiring new leaders and team members for your organization?

It’s very likely that you’re looking for the best fit – so you take one of two paths in the hiring process:
* One, you focus on skills and accomplishments. You figure that if you can hire someone with the expertise and experience you need, they’ll produce and contribute much more quickly.
* Two, you embrace the “hire for attitude, train for skills” mantra. You check references to learn what the candidate’s attitude has been in the past. You interview based entirely on the persona that the candidate presents while in front of you.

There are problems with both of these approaches.

In today’s three-minute episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I share my mistakes with these two paths and present a much more effective avenue: hire for values, train for skills.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) videos that describe proven culture leadership and servant leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my YouTube channel. If you like what you see, please subscribe!

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S. Chris Edmonds

Chris helps leaders create purposeful, positive, productive work cultures. He's a speaker, author, and executive consultant. He blogs, podcasts, and video casts. He is the author of The Culture Engine and six other books.
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