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The Right Fit.

In Uncategorized on February 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Dear Applicant,

Today is the day that you’ve prepared for. Ever since you received that call from me you’ve been wondering what kind of a company we are, how does our office look, how would the interview go and lastly, how much would we offer you. For many nights you’ve been rehearsing those lines that tells you who you are and why you’re applying for this job: interview tips that you gathered from your older brother or sister who went through this nerve racking experience a long time ago. And last night before you slept, you prepared your best formal clothes: a black blazer and black pants ensemble if you’re a female and if you’re a male, striped long sleeves and a borrowed tie from your father.

You asked for money from your mom. Money that she may have kept for the proverbial rainy days. You promise her that  if you get hired you’d buy her things that she dreamt of but couldn’t because there was just enough to pay the bills.

So you stepped into our office thirty minutes before the time you were asked to come. You’re poised and groomed after coming out of the wash room after a long harrowing walk of looking for our address. You looked at the mirror for the last time and you took a deep breath and with confidence you went to our office.

You came in to our office and saw that you were not the only applicant that we called. Somehow your confidence level dipped but you were able to regain your composure and said something to reassure yourself that you would be the one that I would hire. It might have been that promise that you said to your mother before you kissed her goodbye or that pep talk that you got from that career orientation seminar that your school gave you before you graduated. Whatever it was, it was something that rallied your heart to remain confident.

You sized yourself up with the others: what they wore, how they looked and  from what school they came from and before you could even begin rehearsing your opening lines, I called you to step into my room. “This is it,”  you said, “there’s no turning back.”

I don’t know what happened after that interview.Did everything that you prepared for happened? How was your opening line? Did I make you uncomfortable? Was your brother or sister right about their tips?

Dear applicant, sometimes these things happen too fast or too long you just couldn’t remember what happened. I might have not taken you and you might have even cried or got depressed when you came home but I would like to tell you that regardless of who you are, what school or company you came from, how good you looked or how prepared you were, I did not choose you because you were not the best. And you would be surprised to know that I hire people not because they’re the best but because they’re the RIGHT person.

There’s no such thing as the BEST fit. What I look for is the RIGHT fit.       

So lift up your spirit and prepare yourself again because you’ll never know if I find you to be the right fit  for the next vacancy.

Sincerely,

The Company

Until next time, let’s educate our minds.

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Next In Line.

In Succession Planning on February 28, 2011 at 2:54 am

The January 31, 2011 issue of Newsweek had Steve Jobs on the cover with the following text “STEVE JOBS’S JOB: what should companies do when their genius founders duck out. Although CEO Tim Cook is running Apple’s day to day operations,  Steve Jobs is still very much considered as its Yoda, despite alarming issues about his health. This predicament raises concerns about who will assume Steve’s job once he necessarily steps down. The cover story hounds many corporations today about super novas without a qualified shining star  to succeed them. Newsweek magazine called this “The Genius Dilemma.”

The Genius Dilemma
Filling in Steve Job’s shoes is a tall order and the company might just go along with him if his health worsens. This should serve as a good case study and an example for HR practitioners regarding Succession Planning. This process of determining the next in line for key positions is often overlooked until an unexpected and sometimes unwanted vacancy comes along.
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In this post, let’s cite some reasons that ails an organization to overlook this procedure:
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1. Nailing a person to a specific position.  An uninterrupted business operation or production requires a steady supply and proper utilization of four variables: Machine, Material, Method and lastly, Manpower.
For people involved in recruitment, the pressure to fill a vacant position means placing a warm body at the soonest possible time. The mandate to fill the vacancy at once, unintentionally leads to limiting the person to that position. Seldom is there time given within the hiring process to evaluate if the applicant has the skill or competence to be laterally or horizontally promoted in the future. I met an owner of a bus company who gave this advise to her HR department, she owns more than five hundred buses and employs more than a thousand people, she said “never hire a person who’s only qualified to do one job.”
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2. Treating Training As An Expense. Educator, lawyer and past president of Harvard University said: “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Organizations often provide little or no training at all to their employees. Just like any other resources that a company may have, it’s always wise to invest in human resources. In this case, a company must invest by developing its existing talent. Deferring this investment is tantamount to preparing your employees to incompetently assume or perform a higher or existing position.
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3. Cultivating A  Messiah Complex Culture. The father of modern management, Peter Drucker said: “Beware the genius manager. Management is doing a very few simple things and doing them well.”  There are times that organizations stumble upon a highly motivated and intelligent employee who takes the cudgels to reform, energize and organize the company back to profitability or to some level that meets management’s expectations. In the short term, this employee’s contribution is vital but the organization should initiate a program that would duplicate the skill and competency of this employee on others. . Let’s keep in mind that there may only be one Messiah but He had apostles too.
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Last year I was interviewed applicants for the position of HR Manager. This person would be the second in command of the division that I headed so I was looking for someone whom I could easily  convey my ideas for the company. I also had other things in mind that I was looking for in an HR Manager such as someone who could replace me. I didn’t have any plans of leaving the company but looking for someone who could replace me meant this candidate would not only meet my standards but even surpass it. It  also meant another qualified person to pursue the best interest of the company. During this search, I always ended the interview by asking this question: “How long would it take you to replace me?”  It was quite an awkward question but I wanted to see how confident these applicants were of their skills to assume a higher responsibility. 

THE NEXT IN LINE.

Soon after I found one who came from the academe but had satisfactory exposure doing consultancy work with other companies. I’m glad that we got her because soon after she joined the company I had to make a choice of leaving the company for another endeavor.
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Until next time, let’s educate our minds.

Back In The High Life Again.

In commitment, Decisions, encouragement, inspiration on January 26, 2011 at 11:08 am

It’s been a little over three years since my last post on December 3, 2007 when I uploaded “Everything Has A Purpose. Everything.” This was before I joined a very dynamic telecoms company as their new manager for Human Resources. I thought that I would have the time then to share articles regarding HR but after numerous saved drafts that never saw the light of day I decided to place blogging in the back burner for the meantime.

But I’m glad to be back and I hope to continue writing at least  once every month.  My blog would still be faithful to its mission of “setting us free” by writing articles regarding relationships, the workplace, our country or anything that would leave lessons to educate our minds. Articles that would cause us to ask and pursue what our purpose is in this circle of life.

I’ll end by leaving you with this video that I found from You Tube of Steve Winwood singing his 1986 hit “Back In The High Life.”  I included below the song’s lyrics because you might want to sing along with it. This is an inspiring song that sings of renewing relationships, of successes earned and lessons learned.

Until next time, let’s educate our minds.

Back In The High Life Again lyrics
Songwriters: Winwood, Steve; Jennings, Will;

It used to seem to me
That my life ran on too fast
And I had to take it slowly
Just to make the good parts last

But when you’re born to run
It’s so hard to just slow down
So don’t be surprised to see me
Back in the bright part of town

I’ll be back in the high life again
All the doors I closed one time
Will open up again
I’ll be back in the high life again
All the eyes that watched me once
Will smile and take me in

And I’ll drink and dance with one hand free
Let the world back into me
And oh I’ll be a sight to see
Back in the high life again

Girl you used to be the best
To make life be life to me
And I hope that you’re still out there
And you’re like you used to be

We’ll have ourselves a time
And we’ll dance till the morning sun
And we’ll let the good times come in
And we won’t stop till we’re done

We’ll be back in the high life again
All the doors I closed one time
Will open up again
We’ll be back in the high life again
All the eyes that watched us once
Will smile and take us in

And we’ll drink and dance with one hand free
And have the world so easily
And oh we’ll be a sight to see
Back in the high life again

High life
High life
In the high life again

We’ll be back in the high life again
All the doors I closed one time
Will open up again
We’ll be back in the high life again
All the eyes that watched us once
Will smile and take us in

And we’ll drink and dance with one hand free
And have the world so easily
And oh we’ll be a sight to see
Back in the high life again

Until next time, let’s educate our minds.