If you’re like me, you spent quite a bit of time toward the end of 2015 thinking about how you’re going to absolutely crush 2016.
If you’re like most (including me), you also set some personal goals to live healthier, lose weight, and save more/spend less. (Good luck with that.)
If you’re a talent acquisition leader, it’s also a safe bet that you established some professional goals for your team to accomplish in the new year that probably look something like this:
- Increase quality of hire.
- Reduce time-to-fill.
- Increase recruiter productivity.
- Reduce cost per hire.
- Increase daily usage of phrases “big data” and “predictive analytics.”
(Extra points if you included that last one. Very strategic of you!)
But now that we’re a few weeks into 2016, I’d like to suggest that you revisit the goal-setting process – and think a bit differently about how to challenge your team to achieve success this year. Why? Because while traditional goal-setting processes are necessary to make sure everyone in the organization is on the same page and establish objective measurements to ensure success, they rarely INSPIRE success. (See above.)
A relatively strong economy, robust hiring forecasts and continued challenges related to skills shortages foreshadow that 2016 will be full of challenges for talent acquisition teams. And you can’t afford for your team to get discouraged as they navigate through the highs and lows associated with hiring talent in a candidate-driven market. It’s going to take more than posting goal tracking charts and buying pizza for the team once in a while to get the most out of them.
Share Your “I Have A Dream” Speech
Arguably, one of the most inspiring speeches of all time was delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr. during the March on Washington in 1963. Even 53 years later, his words and delivery are inspiring.
But did you know that the night before, he didn’t even know what he was going to say? And that on the day of the speech, he abandoned the text of his prepared remarks after only a few words, and winged it instead? Sure, he had amazing gifts and talents as a speaker, but there’s no doubt the lasting impact of his message was solidified because he so eloquently shared a vision that people connected with – a dream of what could be – and invited the world to be a part of that future.
What is your dream for your team this year? What would it look like if they knocked it out of the park? How would the organization be changed? How would lives be changed? How would the world be changed?
Thinking about dreams for your team and your organization may not be comfortable for you. It may sound goofy. But people can be inspired to do great things when a leader helps them to connect with a “why” they can care about. Help your talent acquisition team members understand why the work that they do matters. Because it does.
Remember, MLK said, “I have a dream.” Not “I have a strategic plan.” You don’t have to be a great speaker to inspire action. You just have to be inspired.