Talent is the make-or-break issue for business success. Few great entrepreneurs and CEOs of our acquaintance would contest that statement. If you are a leader who's serious about improving your capacity to attract the best talent, you need to develop the habits of a true talent magnet. From our research and experience with numerous CEOs and entrepreneurs, we've identified six: 1. Get to know the most talented individuals early on, when you don't need them. Can you name the best one or two people for each of the critical positions in your industry? If you can't, start by attending industry meetings and asking the right questions. If at all possible, begin socializing with the best individuals across particular disciplines. Who are they really as people, versus what they do for a living? What interests them, excites them, drives them? The very best time to get to know people is when you don't need to hire them now. If you don't establish a relationship first, chances are you will end up paying top dollar to get them — and even if they sign up, you may have trouble retaining them.
2. Create and manage the right expectations. Most entrepreneurs and business builders oversell the excitement of their entrepreneurial opportunity and/or the institution, and undersell themselves. The most talented people are attracted to leaders whom they can trust and role models they want to emulate. Thus, ask yourself the question: "Why would any real talent want to work for me?..."
Via John @TalentedHR, HR Trend Institute