Everywhere I travel, I hear three complaints:
1. "We have the worst allergy problems in the country."
2. "We have the worst drivers."
3. "If you don't like the weather here, stick around for a day
and it will change".
While it's harmless to believe you
have worse drivers, allergies, or weather than other areas, the
danger comes when this fatalistic way of thinking penetrates other areas of your life.
It's a form of "PMS" (Poor Me
Syndrome), and can lead to
The woman who lets herself
believe "All the good men are taken" settles for a philandering,
The job applicant who starts to
believe "All the good jobs are taken" remains perpetually
unemployed or underemployed.
And it's no different for
heard people who've attended my seminars from California to New
York complain "It's so hard to find good
people in my industry (or area), especially for the low wages we pay".
Once you start believing it's
tougher for you than for other employers, you'll start to lower your standards.
It will then become a
self-fulfilling prophecy as you start to slide down that
Eventually you'll start
looking at sub-standard job applicants and thinking "This is
as good as it's going to get, so I should quit holding out hope
for anything better and settle for this guy".
A woman who attended my seminar in
Nebraska (which has the second lowest unemployment rate in the
country) said they were so desperate for employees that as long
as someone can fog a mirror and pass drug and criminal background
checks, they're as good as hired.
This problem is nothing new. It
was described in the Bible over 2,000 years ago (Proverbs
So how do businesses find good, high octane employees? It starts
with hiring good, high octane leaders who know how to find,
attract, and keep good people, and training them well.
And how does one do that? Stay
tuned for more.
To Your Success,
P.S. For those who think they could attract all the good
people they need if they could pay more, look at places like Ohio and Michigan
where thousands of blue collar jobs that pay $60,000 a year or
more go unfilled every day. This is because of the "Skills Gap",
and the fact that so many young people want to sit at a desk
instead of working in factories, machine shops, etc.
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