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Dina Bralic

Five Secrets To Successful Hiring – No.1

Starting from McDonald’s, gas stations, and pizza places, all the way up to high-level companies, everyone is searching for employees these days. Not just that, but benefits are being offered to people that weren’t offered before, and the pay rate is increasing. That means that a lot of people out there won’t settle for 9 dollars per hour jobs when they can go and make 12 or 14 or in some states 17 or 18 dollars per hour. In the climate of 2021, it’s easy to ask yourself: how do we find and how do we keep good people?

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Core values are oh-so-important

When thinking of finding new employees, a lot of employers will firstly think about skillset and resume that they would like to see from people applying for a job role. However, there is a fundamental piece of the puzzle that needs to happen before, and that is a question of core values.
To start the journey of finding the perfect fit for a job, you need to ask yourself:

What are your company’s core values? What are your mission and vision values?

If you think those are not important and you don’t have them listed, you need to do it ASAP. Without core values, we don’t have any foundational motivators and substance that would drive us forward.

I suggest you create a couple of core values that would round up what your company presents towards clients and what is it requesting from employees. In my company, Solor Inc. (medical billing company), our core values are:

  • Integrity
  • Clients first
  • Teamwork
  • Take the next step

Let people know about your core values before they even apply

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Having core values listed is one thing. Communicating them is a whole other story. At Solor Inc., we explain our core values to potential new employees before they even apply.
Whenever we post a job opening, after obviously saying what the job is, the first line of description says: These are our core values: integrity, clients first, teamwork, and take the next step. If you don’t agree with these or these don’t fit who you are as a person, stop reading now.

Simple as that. Because if someone is not aligned with these, we don’t want them to read on. Without the alignment in core values, there will be slim to no chances that the work would be enjoyable for them or for us.
What this simple question is creating is a self-selection out of the equation. We want to have people who will tick all the necessary boxes as they move down the line, but it all starts with core values.

You have your core values. Good. But what are theirs?

Once you identify your core values and communicate them with a potential candidate, it’s time to see how they are thinking.

What we do is, as soon as someone applies for a role, we will send out an email to thank them for their application and give them the first step of the process. And that is to send to the company their personal core value statement.
What are your core values and how do you live them out in the workplace?
This task will get us the following:

  • We will find out if there is a core value alignment; did they take the time to read our ad, do they believe in integrity, serving others, teamwork, etc.
  • We will find out if they can communicate. If they will not take the time to pay attention to details, capitalize words, use punctuation, if they just throw something down quickly, the question is: do I want those kinds of people on my team? Honestly, I don’t. I want people who have attention to detail because of the positions that I hire for demand that. If they didn’t even check what are they writing, they won’t be able to communicate with my team or with our clients. So, I am mindful of this.

Once you get core values aligned, it’s time to move on to step to of the hiring process.

Don’t forget: without core values, people won’t stay for long so what would be the point in hiring them? No one wants to spend anyone’s time having an employee whose commitment to work would feel like nails on the chalkboard all the time.

If you want to have employees that will work well in your team and who will stay with you for the long run, you need to build the foundation of a good team. Get to know how do people live out their core values in the workplace. The easiest way to find that out is to simply ask.

More secrets of successful hiring can be found in the upcoming articles. Also, check out these great courses for creating good team in your company, based on Emotional Intelligence and DISC method.

Why Is It Crucial To Know Who Inspires Others?

Has it happened to you that you meet someone and become interested in them but you can’t figure out what kind of person they are? Or you’d like to know who your new office colleague is, but can’t find a way to find more about them?

In all those life situations where you want or need to know what kind of personality someone has, there is a solution. You can, of course, get some information by observing their body language, but you can also ask a question. This question sounds very simple, but it will give you a lot of information about someone you talk to, and it’s: Who inspires you?

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The answer to this question goes into the inner part of someone’s personality and it will give you quite a lot of information. Here is how to read the answer:

High D will mention someone who has accomplished great things, who has set goals, and who achieved a lot. They will most likely mention someone who is extremely well known in their field, like i.e. Elon Musk: determined, driven, creative, cutting edge person.

High I will look up to someone who inspires others. It can be someone like Martin Luther King Jr. who inspired a whole nation, or someone like Robin Williams who inspired a population of comedians. But it will always be someone who had an impact on those around them.

High S as a supportive type will look up to someone who is doing a lot for others. You can expect an answer such as Mother Theresa who was very selfless and serving those who have not been blessed with an easy life. Also, they might mention someone like Matt Damon who is very dedicated to providing consumable water to all parts of the world.

High C will admire thinkers, people who have broken the boundaries of what we thought is possible. They will mention people who have gone above and beyond in the scientific or logical field and changed the world, so expect names like Albert Einstein, Madame Curie, or even Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

It is worth remembering that there is always a possibility a person will mention someone from their personal life (parent, sibling, grandparent), but you can always ask a follow-up question. Just ask them why is that person so inspiring and you can find out more.

The best “trick” about the question “Who inspires you?” is that is something you can ask in a general conversation without being intrusive, and you will easily get a more detailed insight about who a person is and what are their priorities.

While a person is answering, keep in mind that D’s are about achievement, I’s are about fun and inspiration, S’s are supportive and think about others and C’s are high-level critical thinkers.

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Try out this question today and peel back some layers from a person you want to know more about so you can communicate more effectively. Then once you already establish some kind of relationship with them, you can point them towards a DISC Assessment that will give them and you (if they choose to share the information with you) very detailed data about the type of personality style they belong to.

If you are interested in more tips and tricks on how to improve communication with others, check my Courses where I provide you with questions you can ask others and yourself to create better understanding and outstanding communication.

Why Does My Partner Ignore Me?

Large number of people feel the need for a great amount of attention from their partners when they are in love. And it’s not that difficult to feel as if you are being ignored. But things are not always (or almost never) the way they seem to be.

The whole population of humans belongs to one of the four personality types: D, I, S or C. And each human being is a unique mix of the four. That also means that we all communicate differently and to understand why you are “being ignored” you need to understand how different personality styles look at life, work, relationships, and everything that comes in between.

While you might be an outgoing person who loves company, your partner might be on a completely opposite side of the DISC graph and naturally, be quieter and enjoy concentrating on his or her work assignments. If your boyfriend comes to mind right away, regardless of where he stands on a DISC graph, it is important to remember boyfriends don’t intentionally ignore you (most of the time).

A person that belongs to a D personality style is hyper focused on getting things done and is mostly about execution. This means that if a D has a big project at work, nothing will exist outside of it. They are not trying to ignore you, but they are focused on getting whatever it is done. Unfortunately for you, if you are in a relationship with a High D, they will have a list of tasks that need to be done that’s 32 miles long and they won’t be able to sleep until they are done with it. So, remember: they are not ignoring you because they don’t love you; they are just in the zone.  

A partner that is an I personality style is not trying to ignore you, but he has an incredibly short attention span. I am an I and I can confirm that we get into situations where we are all over the place. One of the examples is that we’ll pick up a phone after it buzzes, end up on social media and completely forget why we even picked it up in the first place. The reason behind this is that we suffer from shiny object syndrome and we can get involved in an activity in a blink of an eye. Forgive us, we don’t mean to be the way we are, and we certainly do love you.

If your partner is a S personality style, then he has a big problem with prioritization. He is not ignoring you because he wants to, but because he easily becomes overwhelmed. People who are high S get analysis paralysis and get worried that they might make someone angry if they don’t do something, so they don’t know who or what to prioritize.

A partner that is a C personality style is a very structured and very process-driven individual. This type of person will build in time in their day to check their phone. If you miss that window, there are high chances you will feel ignored. They see a phone as a tool and nothing else. Similar to D’s, C personality types have an extremely long list of tasks they need to finish, but they need to do it in a specific order. So once the phone or talk time comes up in a schedule, they will talk to you. They are not trying to ignore you, but it is just not the right time.

The most important thing we all need to understand is that everything starts with self-awareness. Each of us is a unique blend of four personality styles, so we all have our expectations. What happens when you understand what your personality style is and where does your partner fit in, it will literally change your whole life. The way you act as a couple will change from its core, and you will also see a tremendous change in your behavior at work or around your friends.

DISC Assessment will transform the way you communicate and give you understanding of yourself and others. This also means that it will make you understand how to adapt your behavior around other people. That alone will open doors you never even knew existed when it comes to communicating and networking with other people.

You can find out more about each personality style by checking posts in the sidebar on the right and take that first step toward change by going to the Store and taking the DISC Assessment. 

How Does Self Awareness Affect Career Planning?

I’m pretty passionate about this topic. I’ve got a daughter who knew she wanted to be a choral teacher since the 7th grade. I’ve got a son, who has NO IDEA what he wants to do as a rising junior in high school.  That’s fine of course. However, most students don’t have any idea the variety of career paths that are out there.  Our school has moved away from career fair day to job shadowing day.  Most kids just take the day off and are left with no idea about various careers outside of doctor, lawyer, teacher and whatever their parents do for a living.

However, to find a career that will best suit someone, it is important to know what jobs and what environments would work well with a person. Knowing yourself is the key here. We are all a blend of 4 different personality styles: D, I, S and C. Finding out which one is the highest for you will do wonders in choosing which career path you should take.

I will break down four personality styles and what should they do:

D personality style: you belong here along with the rest of 10% of population if you have never found a challenge you can’t face and you like to be in charge. D personalities are risk takers and love to be rewarder for their individual success. If that sounds like you, choose a fast-paced environment and you’re up to a great start in your career!

I personality style is someone who loves influencing others and is oozing charisma all the time. This 25 to 30% of population just wants to have fun all the time. That’s why a great career choice for an I is anything where they can express themselves, like acting, teaching or even sales.

S personality style is supporting, exceedingly kind, a kind of person that is a great friend and excellent listener. So if you recognize yourself in this go after it: your career path should involve health care, counselling, education…. Any position where you find you can lift others up as you will be remarkable at it!

And finally a C personality style: high-level thinkers, people who don’t say much but when they finally do, it is so carefully thought out that listeners are in awe. C’s are all about understanding why and organization so a career as a lawyer, doctor or engineer is a path to consider.

It is important to remember we are all a blend of all four personality types. But one of them is dominant.

That’s why not everyone is wired to go out there and perform on a high level in a pressured environment in a sales department. And that’s perfectly fine! What is important is that you have to understand yourself. If you are an I you cannot compare yourself to a D. Stop comparing yourself to others because you are gifted in areas someone else is not and vice versa.

No one is right or wrong. And I hate the saying “You do you”. But when choosing a career you can’t look at what your mom or brother or anyone else did. You got to find out where your passions are.

Quite frankly, no one fits the career path that you will choose like you will. You are a unique individual, remember that.

And in order to find that job that you would do for free and that makes you tired in a good way (and trust me, that exists!), you need to take it step by step. The first step is self-awareness. And to do that you need a tool that will give you that objective data. It can be done for an adult, teenager, kid…. You name it. Find out more in the Store and take the first step today!

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