Hiring with Alignment

Hiring team members is a critical responsibility for leaders. It’s also an area where mistakes are commonly made. In Rookie Mistakes: Advice From Top Executives on 5 Critical Leadership Errors five senior executive leaders were willing to share their mistakes and learning about hiring (and firing) team members. 

Christine Talbot, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at World Vision, shares a lesson she learned the hard way early in her career. Hiring people without alignment to the purpose of the organization is a real issue, she noted. At a previous organization, she saw and participated in the hiring of good people with great skills, but who lacked a commitment to the purpose and mission of the organization. 

“We recognized the misalignment relatively quickly after making the hires, but discovered as time went on that it was a larger mistake than we first knew.” Those senior-level hires that were misaligned to the purpose of the organization hired more people without a clear commitment to the purpose and mission, so the mistake multiplied.

Christine learned from that mistake and now approaches hiring with much more rigor. “While we focus on fit from a purpose and values standpoint for every hire, we are especially careful when we hire leaders.” 

Read more about the approach and criteria that Christine uses with respect to hiring for purpose in Rookie Mistakes: Advice From Top Executives on 5 Critical Leadership Errors.

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