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Don't Marry Someone You Intend to Change, or Hire Someone You Intend to Fix


by Glenn Shepard
September 1, 2015
Category:  Management


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Dear Glenn,

What happened to the Ask Glenn column?

- Jose in Eugene, OR

Dear Jose,

Your question hits on a HUGE issue. The Ask Glenn column was omitted for the last few weeks, as it is this time every year, while we promoted the annual leadership award in its place.
      In a world where people communicate in 140 characters or less, brevity has become next to godliness in publishing.
    As online marketing pioneer Jim Edwards in Williamsburg, VA once told me, "Everyone has ADD on the Internet".
    Drives me crazy, but it's the world we live in now.
   Thanks for your question.

- Glenn in Nashville, TN

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Never buy a fixer-upper home unless you’re a professional. As so many amateurs who’ve watched too many house flipping shows on HGTV discover, renovating a house always take twice as long and costs twice as much as expected.  

When the market is as hot as it is right now, buyers sometimes get House Fever. Even though it’s not what they really want, they settle for a 90 year old Victorian that “Just needs a little TLC”.  

Three months later when the end is nowhere in sight, they’re asking themselves, “What were we thinking?”  

Then the perfect little Georgian that’s exactly what they wanted comes on the market at the same price, with no repairs needed, and on the same street.   As they pass it every day, it serves as a painful reminder of the price they paid for their impatience.  

Managers encounter a similar situation when we have job openings we need to fill.

We know we should keep shopping until we find a good fit, but get tired of interviewing and grow impatient. We lose hope and start to become so desperate that we’ll just about hire anybody who’ll show up for the interview and has a pulse.  

Three months later, we’re asking ourselves, “What was I thinking?”  

There are certain times you should never make a significant decision in your life. The top 10 are when you’re:  

1. Angry
2. Desperate
3. Drunk
4. Feeling Sorry for Someone
5. Hungry
6. In a Hurry
7. On the Rebound
8. Scared
9. Se*ually Aroused
10. Sick  

You’ll always regret decisions you make in these situations.

Hiring when you’re almost desperate and need to fill a position fast means #2 and #6 are already working against you.

But what makes the situation really bad is when you’re a good person with a good heart, who likes to help people.  

You let an applicant with a sad sob story convince you they “just need a break”, and you convince yourself that you're the one who’s going to give it to them.  

Now #4 has completely overtaken your better judgment, and three months later you’ll be asking yourself, “What was I thinking?”

You’re not in the people fixing business, you’re in management.

To Your Success,

P.S. Even with the labor market as tight as it is today, remember what Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said: "I would rather interview 50 people and not hire anyone than hire the wrong person.”

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