Hiring and Retaining the Best and the Brightest

Hiring and Retaining the Best and the Brightest

Colle Davis, a Senior Executive Coach

The common refrain from leaders today is, “I only want the best candidate for the job.” True, but that premise has an interesting flaw built into it.



The caveat is that most companies hire candidates they believe are their new ‘star employees,’ but then people with quirks, nervous tics, or eccentricities show up, making them ill-suited for their new position. Vetting a candidate is much more complicated than HR would have you believe. Companies hire candidates, and people show up to the surprise and chagrin of their new teammates.

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With all the advantages presented to this select group, employers believe they can build a team of qualified and dedicated employees. This view is a delusion; the top people will not stay with the company unless they have bought into their company’s vision, have a great boss/manager/leader, and are being challenged and trained at the top of their abilities.

Now, the downside: The best and brightest employees are demanding retention because star new hires are so good their tenure within a company is often tragically short-lived. They leave, and HR gets mad and hires an idiot with excellent credentials and lacks people skills. The star employee gets recruited to another company where they repeat the process, or they become entrepreneurs and get rich.

This next is so sad; please look away. A company with second-string teams of employees now has people who can do their jobs, keep the peace, and are relatively intelligent. These mediocre employees show up most of the time and are loyal (read too lazy to look for another job). Their productivity is acceptable, and the worst are awful whiners dampening office morale. They are slowly weeded out and often moved to other divisions after some training because it is a checkbox requirement of the HR department.

Bottom line:  You either push to get the best and brightest hired and keep them happy, or the workforce becomes, as described above, a sea of commonplace people with no vision or mastery to grease the wheels of growth.

Good luck. Contact me for more ideas for a more productive approach to keeping dream team employees in the fold. Coach Colle Davis, or 804 467-1536

Contact me if you or someone you know needs help in these areas. I am a Senior Level Master Coach and Certified Hypnotist with nearly 40 years of experience helping corporate clients. Reserve your free thirty-minute Zoom call with me; your life will never be the same. 804-467-1536 EDT


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