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April 30, 2012 by Dr. Jon Warner in Topic Cartoons

Recruitment and Selection Cartoon

Mort Mayerson, an experienced business CEO suggests that

“The job of the leader is to pick the right people to be part of the organization and to create an environment where those people can succeed.”

He therefore splits the job of the leader into two: first, it is about smart hiring, and then it is about creating an environment in which good people can do their best – removing obstacles to excellent performance and getting out of the way of the day-to-day work.

Another business writer, who has much to say on this topic, is Jim Collins, co-author of the ground-breaking work, “Good to Great.”  In this book Collins said that the first thing a leader needs to do is:

“… get the right people on the bus, wrong people off the bus, right people in the right seats and then figure out where to drive.”

In effect, he is saying that selection and placement should precede the formation of a particular business strategy. To explain further, he wrote that:

…great leaders understand three simple truths. First, if you begin with ‘who,’ rather than ‘what,’ you can more easily adapt to a changing world. If people join the bus primarily because of where it is going, what happens if you get ten miles down the road and you need to change direction? You’ve got a problem. But if people are on the bus because of who else is on the bus, then it’s much easier to change direction.

That is, getting the right people “on the bus,” or in your organization, or team, is essential to top performance.  Selection of the right candidate for the job in question is therefore a manager’s first priority, because if you don’t have the right people working for you, your overall job as a leader is made so much harder.

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Dr. Jon Warner is a prolific author, management consultant and executive coach with over 25 years experience. He has an MBA and a PhD in Organizational Psychology. Jon can be reached at

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