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5 Questions Leaders Should Ask About Talent

May 5th, 2015  | 

Published in Leadership

Hiring is on the uptick.

At a career fair last month where I was speaking, about 50 companies were looking to fill approximately 3,000 positions.

These companies had assigned key people from their organization to help identify, interview and, in some cases, persuade job seekers to join their team.

A market where companies have a thirst for talent illuminates two important hiring factors:

In order to grow, companies not only need to locate and on-board new employees, they must be sure to retain the high-performing employees already on their team.

Hiring is a two-way street and, given current market conditions, it’s a seller’s market with top talent carefully considering where they want to spend the next stage of their career.

Leaders must be doing everything in their power to retain their top performers and find new ones.

In a recent issue of The Dallas Morning News, I explored the mindset leaders must bring to the increasingly competitive war for top talent.

There are five questions smart leaders should be asking about hiring and retaining high-performing employees.

  • What would cause top talent to work here?
  • What am I doing to make this the best job?
  • How do we encourage the best ideas?
  • Am I accepting less from some colleagues?
  • Are we surprised when good people leave?

Asking these questions is crucial. How you answer them is just as important. For guidance on the answers, read the entire article here.

About the Author: Greg Bustin advises leaders of some of the world’s most admired companies, and he’s dedicated a career to working with CEOs and the leadership teams of hundreds of companies in a range of industries. He’s facilitated more than 200 strategic planning sessions, and he’s delivered more than 500 keynotes and workshops on five continents. His fifth leadership book—How Leaders Decide: A Timeless Guide to Making Tough Choices—examines 52 of history’s greatest triumphs and tragedies and debuted in April as the #1 new historical reference book on Amazon.

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