Much has been said about talent and talent honing over the last few months and it is no surprise that surveys show that 6/10 major companies think that they do not have a good or adequate plan or keeping and developing talent.
Ironically on the day that Steve Jobs died who has been attributed as being ‘One of America’s great inventors’ by President Obama and that his products ‘changed the world’ so what can we learn from him?
As HR experts looking at his thought processes, what can we teach others, and how can we make good use of them to shape our business’s future?
Steve Jobs is quoted as saying some inspirational words “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
So with that in mind allowing others to bring the individuality required to the table, as he did, can make a difference. Listening to ideas even if some don’t work is key.
He agreed that “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”
Sometimes we are blinded by what is the norm and what is acceptable but what we can really appreciate with how Steve Jobs worked, trying new processes and thinking…time to think really’ is’ important, almost inspired by the great philosophers and thinkers of bygone centuries. So when you see someone who thinks differently, does that thinking possibly work for your business and your brand?
As spoken “So when a good idea comes, you know, part of my job is to move it around, just see what different people think, get people talking about it, argue with people about it, get ideas moving among that group of 100 people, get different people together to explore different aspects of it quietly, and, you know — just explore things.”
For us, the recruiters, these encouraging words might help, “Recruiting is hard. It’s just finding the needles in the haystack. You can’t know enough in a one-hour interview. So, in the end, it’s ultimately based on your gut. How do I feel about this person? What are they like when they’re challenged? I ask everybody that: ‘Why are you here?’ The answers themselves are not what you’re looking for. It’s the meta-data.”