When leaders are asked what their greatest talent challenge is, most will say it’s finding “good people.” Regardless of the economic conditions, hiring managers can never find enough top talent.
Human behavior dictates talented people normally hang around other talented people. If there are top performers on a team, there is a very good chance they know other stars and some of those stars could be the “good people” hiring managers are trying to find.
Google is known for attracting and hiring great talent. In their book How Google Works, Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg describe Google’s approach:
“… why let only recruiters handle recruiting? If everyone knows someone great, why isn’t it everyone’s job to recruit that great person? The simple way to keep recruiting in everyone’s job description is to measure it. Count referrals and interviews. Encourage employees to help with recruiting events, and track how often they do. Then make these metrics count when it comes to performance reviews and promotions. Recruiting is everyone’s job, so grade it that way.”
Leaders who empower their top performers to recruit other top performers will successfully find “good people.”