• Hire Diversity? Or Hire the Best Candidate?

    Recently I was reminded of the continuous, but often conflicting, chatter I hear about meritocracy and the hire diversity balance. It has become an issue that forward-thinking leaders need to sort out.

    The “Need to Hire Diversity”

    In virtually every industry I work in as an executive coach, I hear about the need for a fair and equitable, meritocracy-based culture. A culture where they hire the very best people available and then compensate their people based on the value they contribute.

    Then, sometimes in the executive’s very same speech, I hear about the dramatic need to increase the number of visible minorities, handicapped or females or males in the workforce.

    I have sat in a presentation where the CEO of a 25,000-employee organization talked to his Vice Presidents and said: “We have too much ‘male presence,’ and need more ‘female presence’ in our business.” He went on to say that from that moment forward, they were going to hire diversity, and that all new hires that were male, had to be reviewed and approved two-layers above the hiring manager. Yet, he also continuously talked about meritocracy.

    I sat there completely dumbfounded.

    How You Should Hire

    I have always based my hiring and retention decisions of team members based on their superior ability to do the job, and I have always made sure whoever was doing a job was receiving salary compensation equal to their peers and were rewarded with bonuses based upon their going above and beyond in creating value… And my results have been great!

    If we as leaders in the business world are going to build an environment where we have a philosophy of hiring the very best candidate possible, then we need to start looking for and hiring the very best candidates. No quotas, no biases.

    We need to start today, lead with integrity and always do the right thing when it comes to building a culture of meritocracy and equality.

    Robert Murray is a Vancouver, BC based Business Strategy Consultant, partner at Incrementa Consulting Inc., #1 Best Selling Author, and International Keynote Speaker. For further advice, insight and inspiration on how to unlock your inner leader, follow Robert on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

    The audio version of Bob’s #1 best seller It’s Already Inside is now available on Audible.

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