I had the opportunity to talk with host Tom Horne on the All About HR podcast about The Art of Compliance & “Getting Wide with Your People.”
What exactly IS getting wide, and why should you do it?
It starts from knowing that people are going to be people. And you don’t want to hire people that are exactly like you - you want to hire them for who they are and what they bring to the table; that’s how you get the best out of people.
In doing so, it’s important to establish wide guide posts, allowing people to be who they are, but asking them to stay within the agreed upon guides.
Getting wide should start with recruiting. Hire people based on capability and potential - people who are smart, eager, and resourceful - and also have the essential skill sets required. Want a tip? Hire for curiosity. They should not come to the table knowing everything, but instead come with a curious mind and an eagerness to grow and learn from those around them. They should fit the mold of what you want them to become.
Tune in to hear more of this conversation. Oh, and if you listen long enough, you’ll find out that I sold pretzels at the Renaissance Festival; I prefer to work on rainy days; I listen to Led Zeppelin; and one phrase that is overused and completely misunderstood is “hostile work environment.”
Take a listen now and send me your thoughts. You can listen to the podcast here: