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By Suzanne Morgan

About Suzanne

Suzanne Morgan is president of the annual Print Oasis Print Buyers Conference (www.printoasis.com) and Print Buyers Online.com, a free educational e-community for print buyers and their print suppliers (www.printbuyersonline.com). PBO has more than 11,000 members who buy $13 billion a year in printing. PBO conducts weekly research on buying trends and teaches organizations how to work more effectively with their print suppliers.

 

No More Rotten Eggs – Getting the Right People

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Forget having state-of-the-art equipment or a handsome list of Fortune 500 customers. Your business is guaranteed to tank without having the right people. Most companies, mine included, spend an enormous amount of time training and cultivating employees. Those tasks look easy compared to the onerous job of finding qualified prospective employees in the first place.

No strangers to the printing industry, Debra Thompson and Bill Greif of TG & Associates (www.tgassociates.com) come to the rescue with their new book, "No More Rotten Eggs: 13 Steps to Hiring Grade AA Talent." Thompson and Greif specialize in human resource services and are steeped in experience in the printing industry. In a business where we are so desperate for help that it's often tempting to hire the first live body, their advice instills in us the necessary guidance and discipline to follow a more precise path that guarantees better results.

"No More Rotten Eggs" provides a well-rounded approach to the hiring process starting with accurately defining the job and the skill sets of the individual needed. The book is chock-full of helpful tools, such as an employee referral form (the best way to find great prospective employees by the way), interview questions that better reveal the candidate, background check release forms, reference checking forms, samples of Internet ads and much more. Better yet, all of these tools are also handily available on the CD-ROM that comes with the book, so you can quickly put the tools to use.

While all the tools are helpful, I found the Anti-Discrimination Guidelines section to be particularly useful. We all know not to ask questions such as "How many children do you have?" and "Who is going to babysit them?," but Thompson and Greif offer excellent examples of acceptable questions that you can ask to help determine, for instance, a prospective employee's reliability and punctuality.

We tend to think of successful performers as those individuals with the right skill sets and experience. However, personality and work habits play an equal role in determining the success of an employee. It's well worth the time to build a diverse team whose individuals complement, not aggravate, each other. Thompson and Greif offer personality profiling that gives helpful insight on how individuals will work together.

Save yourself the money and time it takes to unwittingly hire and then get rid of a poor performer. Instead, spend $69.95 and buy "No More Rotten Eggs." It's well worth the investment.

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Elliot Thostesen - Posted on September 27, 2007
Having seen various consultants use various profiling solutions, I can safely say that although an interesting process, not much new information was learned. We just confirmed what we already knew for the most part. In building a strong, high performance team, diversity rules. The is no better way to solve complex situations, build new programs or innovate more efficient methodologies then to assemble a team with different experiences and different ways of processing information. The dynamics that are created through diverse minds working together can exceed expectations but also tends to have limited life span. That is to say, departments that require little change, less innovation and rely on consist systemic processing of tasks and functions may over time develop friction. Thus become bogued down in too many diffrent styles and mindsets to get the normal and routine work accomplished efficiently. Lastly, business is about people. Yeah, I know that business is really about money but to be in and to stay "in business" it takes people to manage, produce and create the opportunity for money to be exchanged. Without highly skilled and motivated people businesses fail. The top performing businesses recognize and develop top talent. Top talent does not create itself. It must be fostered, nurtured and encouraged in people and then released to do what they do best. GET RESULTS
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Elliot Thostesen - Posted on September 27, 2007
Having seen various consultants use various profiling solutions, I can safely say that although an interesting process, not much new information was learned. We just confirmed what we already knew for the most part. In building a strong, high performance team, diversity rules. The is no better way to solve complex situations, build new programs or innovate more efficient methodologies then to assemble a team with different experiences and different ways of processing information. The dynamics that are created through diverse minds working together can exceed expectations but also tends to have limited life span. That is to say, departments that require little change, less innovation and rely on consist systemic processing of tasks and functions may over time develop friction. Thus become bogued down in too many diffrent styles and mindsets to get the normal and routine work accomplished efficiently. Lastly, business is about people. Yeah, I know that business is really about money but to be in and to stay "in business" it takes people to manage, produce and create the opportunity for money to be exchanged. Without highly skilled and motivated people businesses fail. The top performing businesses recognize and develop top talent. Top talent does not create itself. It must be fostered, nurtured and encouraged in people and then released to do what they do best. GET RESULTS