Happy new year! I hope you had a great break and are ready for another big year!
Lots of writers and real world managers I know say that you can’t teach attitude. I do think it can be learned, however. The reason, need, desire or willingness just has to be there (sounds like a circular argument really).
You know you can spot it in seconds by someone’s look, walk or stance. It’s crazy then to be swayed by their CV (someone else may have written) or networks (what others say) that this person can be trained, taught or talked into a different disposition. And if they could – what does that say? We all need some attitude but it’s got to be appropriate for the situation.
I’m done with reference checks and nefarious online networking sites. I’d like to go back to anti-HR questions like “what number kid are you in your family and how did that shape you?” or asking flat out, if the applicant plans to go into selling luxury investment apartments, whether they already have a mortgage and how they would fund a holiday home. Seriously. Let’s see your attitude. I kinda need to. Anyone who wants to win me over will have to try hard enough to answer me genuinely with a splash of pizazz. Because that’s what the real world wants.
Finally, I’m on the road to Graceland, Memphis so I’ll leave you with an Elvis quote: “Values are like fingerprints. You leave them all over everything you do.”