Don’t Be A D*** (Diva)
My next few posts will be gems of wisdom I’ve picked up from a conference I recently attended in Auckland – the Global Speakers Summit. It’s primarily aimed at pro speakers with a strong streak of thought leadership, plus a theme of ‘from leader to legacy’.
Fredrik Haren is a one-man wisdom machine, well-researched and sought-after. Just plucking one observation, his research shows upon what criteria people decide to buy a pro speaker’s services. They’re probably applicable to any role as a lawyer, plumber or scientist but don’t get the attention they deserve in many recruitment processes:
1. Have a great presentation (ie be good at your job);
2. Be easy to work with; and
3. Don’t be a d*** (diva)
The first one goes without saying but numbers 2 and 3 relate to ‘fit’. How well does a person interact with, or add value to, a team without being unproductively negative or disruptive? Yes, we can throw behavioural profiling tools at people and they can be helpful. I’m a fan of immersion – get candidates in for a half day to do real work with a buddy. Both parties get a tangible and visceral sense of fit or discomfort and it’s better for all concerned to know that before anyone commits to anything.
I can always get better at what I do and I think I’m trying. I’m pretty happy with myself being someone who is easy to work with and I’m no diva. JUST MAKE SURE YOU REMOVE ALL THE BLUE M&Ms AND WE’LL BE FINE!!!