Aug 8, 2018
In this episode, Jim and Jan
discuss the critical skills and characteristics leaders should be
fostering and selecting for within their work ecosystem. They talk
about the need for conscious competence when hiring, and describe
the environment where people are enlightened, engaged, and
[2:11] With the economy doing
well and unemployment at a record low, there is a ton of demand for
talent, and the supply has dried up as Baby Boomers retire from the
workforce. Although technology has found a way to cover many jobs
that humans have done, they have also opened up many others that
are in need of people. Leaders are asking themselves for how to
successfully hire, attract and keep the the new generation to their
[4:37] While employers tend to
look for employees that are “ready made”, possessing all the skills
necessary for their job, they should look for the raw qualities and
characteristics that align with your core values. Specific tasks
are easier to be caught than attempting to train someone to adopt
characteristics of drive, passion, curiosity and
[9:47] Creating an environment
where people are proud to work in and call their own is imperative.
Otherwise, Glassdoor tells us you have about 10 months before people
look for a new job.
[10:40] When you marry finding
employees characteristics and strength that fit your organization,
they will be happier and more likely to stay.
[12:04] Tomorrow’s leaders want
to be purposeful and mission driven, collaborative and not stuck in
an office / classroom. It is up to today’s employees to provide an
environment that breeds effectiveness and bolsters
[13:25] Employees want to trust
that the workplace has good values, purpose and mission. The
organization needs to trust the employees to accomplish their
tasks, and understand the company’s objectives.
[15:13] Three items that
must be present for leaders to foster in their
is very important to a healthy ecosystem, whether it’s family,
company, or friendship.
has a collective understanding of what’s important, and provides a
feeling of belonging, responsibility and cause.
people that support what they help create. One person might have a
vision, but a tribe is needed to make a movement.
[20:44] Figure out what’s
essential, and work on that. For more on Essentialism, check
Episode 098 with Greg
[20:39] Focus and sequencing are
critical skills when solving problems. Focus allows you to
really matters, and sequencing is
things are important.
is a ton of demand for talent, and the supply is drying
have forgotten how to build and train employees.
you can fit to someone’s strengths, the odds of the passion being
there are higher.
the architects and engineers that frame the environment, leaders
must step back and see what they can do to enha.
being tactical, start being strategic.
employee and organization must trust each other.”