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Friday, January 24, 2014

What Google Found about GPA’s, Credentials and Certifications—Part 2

In our last blog post, we addressed the key trait that Google found that was epic in identifying great employees.  This trait trumped grade point averages, credentials, licenses and professional certifications.

The trait that Google now seeks when they hire a new employee—PASSION!  Does an employee have PASSION for what it is that he/she is going to be asked to do at the company?  This is a trait that you can measure in any new candidate for employment—how PASSIONATE are they to work for your firm?

OK, how do you do that?  Well, let’s explore---

  1. Does the candidate know your company?  Do they seem conversant with what you do and how you do it?  Are they eager to join the team and make a contribution?


  1. Does the candidate ask good, solid questions that demonstrate an understanding of your firm, what the firm does and how they will be able to fit in?
  2. Is the candidate enthusiastic, eager and willing to do “whatever it takes” to get the job done, regardless of what those tasks might be?  If the answer is YES here, as well as YES to the other questions above, then the candidate should be strongly considered for your firm.
  3. If the candidate fails to exude enthusiasm, interest and passion for the position, seems to not have any interest, is more “looking for a job” than really wanting to join the team and make a difference, then, perhaps, this is a candidate that you may wish to allow to seek other opportunities.

Passion is the key to success in today’s highly competitive job environment.  We tell that to our executive coaching clients all the time.  If you find a passionate job candidate, you will normally find a passionate and fully productive worker!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

2014-- The Year of Change

  Guess what, today is January 16, 2014!  We are already through 50% of January 2014 already!  Where did the time go?

   After all of the challenges we experienced in 2013, everyone is looking forward to a new year in 2014.  Part of looking forward is to identify changes that you wish to make, in your life, your business, your career.  What are those changes that you really want to make, but have not done so?  Whatever they are, let's get started on making them.

    Change is not and does not have to be a hard or complicated concept!  It is not!  Make some small incremental improvements each and every day-- kind of like turning an aircraft carrier-- the carrier is so large and slow that it takes time to make big turns.  However, once the command is given to turn, small incremental turns result in a new direction.  The same thing is true in your life, in your business, in your career.  Make some small, incremental changes and watch what happens!  You will be happy with the results!