Having just celebrated World Water Day this past Friday, I thought it was only relevant to discuss the “fluid” nature of hiring and adding talent to your team. The best relationships seem to come from those that are allowed to naturally develop and those that take time and effort. The best and most longstanding relationships that we’ve helped come together are those that aren’t rushed and where both sides can get to know one another over a period of time.
Don’t get me wrong, there is a time for fast-paced hiring, but there is also a time to be careful and calculated, to let the process take its own course.
Like water, lasting relationships seek the path of least resistance.
Though it may not always seem that way.
Hiring and letting folks go can be polarizing, again like water. That being said, working relationships are important to morale and productivity. Like we do with water, we should advocate for sustainable management of our resources, aka our relationships. We should advocate for maintaining a healthy candidate flow. We should advocate for keeping our personnel in good standing and for our hiring process to move smoothly.
As we celebrate the beautiful necessity that is water, take the time to appreciate the process by which it must chart its own course.
Hire and let go with grace. Organize and capitalize with fluidity. Just like water, be mobile and adaptive. Make bringing folks onto your team an exciting endeavor, not a tedious task. While water is tasteless and odorless liquid, we should still aim to be more like it.
Remember, without water, we are nothing at all.
Therefore, we should seek to preserve our relationships because, without them, we are often left without structure and meaning. In closing, let it flow, be more like water, and aim to continue building on your success as a sum of your relationships.
Written by: Rob Scherer, Vice President at Hunter Crown, LLC
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