What happened to the Ask Glenn column?
- Jose in
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.
online marketing pioneer Jim Edwards in Williamsburg, VA once told me, "Everyone has ADD on the
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
Three months later when the end is
nowhere in sight, they’re asking themselves, “What were we
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
There are certain times you should never
make a significant decision in your life. The top 10 are when
Feeling Sorry for Someone
6. In a Hurry
On the Rebound
9. Se*ually Aroused
You’ll always regret decisions you make in these
Hiring when you’re almost desperate and need
to fill a position fast means #2 and #6 are already working
But what makes the situation really bad is
when you’re a good person with a good heart, who likes to help
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,
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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