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Consultants to Organizations | May 2014


Switching gears from job descriptions, we're writing this month about creating a winning team.  It might not be as easy (or as hard), as you think!  We also have some tips on hiring for fit and a link to an article about being mentally strong.  Are you??


If you missed our last issue, click here to read it.

Creating a
Winning Team!


There is a lot of research about how to create effective and successful teams.  A critical first step is something we already believe in strongly for successful organizations as a whole: make sure every team member understands their role and how it fits in with and aligns to the bigger picture of what you are trying to achieve.  For a team, this might be a project or discrete set of outcomes.  For the organization, this means alignment with a strategic plan that everyone not only knows exists but understands and is committed to.  ...Read More

Hiring for Fit is a Great Strategy

More and more employers are forgoing their search for an identical match to the KSAs listed in their job description and hiring people who fit their organizations.  What does this mean?  Well, in a nutshell, job knowledge can be gained on the job.  Innate traits such as great communications skills, engaging personality, enthusiasm and intelligence are much more valuable in the long run.  Smart people can be taught what they need to know as they go.  The person that matches the exact qualifications you think you need for the job may not match your organization's culture exactly. 


Organizations using this hiring strategy tend to look for work histories full of success based on lot of hard work.  Applicants willing to show genuine passion - whether personal or professional - for some aspect of their lives also fit this model.  Does the person have a positive outlook on life? Do they take obvious pride in their work?  These are the types of characteristics that no matter what work experience, education or training the candidate has had, can never be taught.  We encourage you to consider your organization's culture of the utmost importance when hiring and look for those who best fit it.
A Singer Group friend and young med student, Rebecca Stainman, recently sent us a thought-provoking article from Forbes about mental strength and the list of things that mentally strong people don't do. Click here to read the full article and find out how staying away from wasting energy on things you can't control and worrying too much about pleasing others can make you mentally stronger, too!

We hope you enjoyed this addition of Reach. As always, please feel free to share your thoughts with us, as well as pass on this eNewsletter to anyone you think might benefit. 


To reaching success,

Paula M. Singer Lorraine Kituri






Paula M. Singer & Lorraine Kituri 


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