Richard Branson's refreshingly anti-establishment approach to business and hiring top talent was eloquently concluded in his recent LinkedIn blog post with a quote by Apple's Dan Jacobs: “It’s better to have a hole in your team than an asshole in your team!”
Getting under the skin of a candidate to figure out if they can really do what they say they can do is an on-going challenge. IKEA seems to have a novel approach! If you think the “IKEA test” is a bit extreme and poses a health and safety risk, don’t despair. There are much simpler ways of understanding what makes your candidates tick by just listening to their language patterns.
Career choices are not always ones we want to make at the time we need to make them.
By understanding more about how we make decisions, what is important to us, how we communicate and act can be extremely beneficial in the context of work.
Some people get frazzled by pressures at work, and others deal with them calmly. No matter how you tend to respond, stress at work can be a good thing.
It can make you perform better, sharpen your responses and once the task has been achieved, give you a heightened sense of achievement.
A lot has been written about the traits that make one person more effective as a leader than another. What are the traits or patterns of behaviour that enable these “natural” leaders and communicators to influence others effectively?