Things are returning to ‘normal’ following my four week excursion to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The initial reason for my visit was to present “Strategic Leadership Performance” in two sessions to participants from both the private and public sectors at the World Strategy Summit in Abu Dhabi. The basic premise of the presentation was that, to perform effectively, leaders need to first possess specific non-technical personality characteristics and then they need to actually use them in effective leadership behaviours if they are to be successful in converting their future vision into sustainable organizational change.
Perhaps you have heard the phrase “The best apples remain high in the trees?" The theory being, the best apple-pickers know that they will have the greatest reward by putting out effort (climbing that ladder and finding the best apples to pick) rather than easily collecting those apples that have already fallen to the ground. Recruiting is the same. The best recruiters know that they will have to put out the effort to proactively find and recruit the best “apples” rather than hope that these best candidates will find them.