Hiring Wisdom: In Our Expert-Driven World, You Need to Beware Bad Advice

There is no shortage of advice in our lives; it runs rampant.

It comes to us via every form of media and is packaged by countless experts, pundits, and politicians (to name only a few).

No doubt it’s all well-meaning, but I encourage you to stop and think for a moment before you buy into anyone else’s suggested solutions.

Just because it’s in print or on the Internet doesn’t mean it’s true. The question to ask yourself is: “Does this really make sense?”

“Don’t bring me a problem …”

A while back, it suddenly became popular for managers to tell their people, “Don’t bring me a problem without the solution.” Sounds like that might empower employees, doesn’t it? It also sounds like a good way to silence chronic complainers.

No wonder it caught on so fast.

But, let’s think about it. What it really says is, “Of all the problems you’re aware of, I only want to know about the ones you can fix.”

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And, that’s a recipe for disaster.

Don’t believe – unless it agrees with your common sense

So, stop for a moment and think before you grab onto the next thing you read that rings true.

Like Lord Buddha said:

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”

This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at mkleiman@humetrics.com.

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