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War for talent or search for motivated attitudes?

Posted on: October 12, 2013

The truth about the war for talent

It’s more of a skirmish, actually.

Plenty of recruiters and those in HR like to talk about engaging in a war for talent…

To be truthful, most of it is about finding good enough people at an acceptable rate of pay. Filling slots.

Seth Godin posted this Sept. 18, 2013 “The truth about the war for talent”

“More relevant and urgent is that it’s not really a search for talent. It’s a search for attitude.

There are a few jobs where straight up skills are all we ask for. Perhaps in the first violinist in a string quartet.

In fact, even there, what actually separates winners from losers isn’t talent, it’s attitude.

And yes, we ought to be having a war for attitude.

An organization filled with honest, motivated, connected, eager, learning, experimenting, ethical and driven people will always defeat the one that merely has talent. Every time.

The best news is that attitude is a choice, and it’s available to all.

You can probably win the war for attitude with the people you’ve already got.

And if you’re looking for a gig, you’ll discover that honing and sharing your attitude goes a lot farther than practicing the violin all day”.

End of quote.

Seth is demanding one attitude too many to be selected. And simply claiming that “attitude is a choice” as if the environment where you grew up is a secondary factor for shaping your set of attitudes.

Finding a candidate who is  honest, motivated, connected, eager, learning, experimenting, ethical and driven is not within the realm of possibility.

The impression is that all these attitudes are logically correlated, kind if you got one the remaining attitudes come naturally…

I think that many of these attitudes are not even correlated and are independent from one another.

The attitude of experimenting requires  learning, training and application. Having an experimental mind is a process of studying how experiments are conceived,  thought out, prepared, controlled from biases and confounding variables, and run according to a protocol… And you have got to get your “hands dirty” doing one thorough experiment in order to digest the complexity of conducting an experiment.

The attitudes of being connected, ethical and drive require proper environment, family, school, community, and peers to pull off the hard habit for retaining and sustaining these attitude.

My impression is that these attitudes are mostly in the realm of elite class who can afford to be connected, ethical and driven…

The attitude of learning, particularly continuing education and studying different fields as time change requires a system that offer opportunities to learning at affordable cost and facilities not to waste unnecessary years on courses that are not essential…

Finding a candidate who is  honest, motivated, connected, eager, learning, experimenting, ethical and driven is necessarily confining the search to the elite class.

And what is to be done with the majority of people who have a talent? Even the rudiment of a talent so that the working environment will increase and promote their talents?

What of opening opportunities that fit talents that companies “for profit” have no use of?

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