My son plays on the lightweight football team for his junior high school. He’s light even for that team. He doesn’t have blazing speed, or the surest hands, or a cannon for an arm, and he doesn’t yet deliver bone-crushing hits. But he does have one thing that I’d take over all other attributes: he’s got the right attitude.
The other night was their first game of the season and I couldn’t have been more proud of him. Though he was on the sideline more than on the field, he focused his energy on pumping up his teammates. He handed out high-fives, cheered on the Hornets, and when he got in, he hustled to the ball and even managed to pick off the opposing quarterback.
There are many job openings at this very moment in our industry; many can be found on IPI’s website. All of these postings include a long list of skills required for the particular job. This is to be expected, but I believe firmly in the old adage that says, “Hire for attitude, train for skill.” I’ve made good hiring decisions throughout my career by focusing on attitude and less on skill. Often, I have hired a candidate who has nominal parking experience compared to other applicants.
At the very least, hiring decisions should be made based on equal amounts of skill and attitude. This will ensure that you’ve got the best, most capable people on your team.
If my son keeps playing football, he’ll gain the necessary skills to contribute even more on the field. Until then I’m grateful he’s carrying himself like a true champion.