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A corporation”s success is based on its employees.  Not its CEO, not its board of directors, not its stockholders, funding sources, brand or customers.  Its employees.  Because at the end of the day, they are the life blood of the corporate body.  Of course there’s a brain, heart, eyes, hands, and even impact made by the body’s movement.  But without the blood there is no life.

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This is why the best businesses have the best employees.  Fancy training aside, the bottom line is good businesses feel like the people who are paid to work there actually want and choose to work there.  That’s what makes them successful.

When you have the best employee for the job they will do whatever it takes to get the job done, better than asked;  They will go beyond your expectations; They will do their best;  They will grow and become better employees; They will improve your reputation; They’ll be loyal, trustworthy, competent, capable leaders who are the pride and joy of the corporation.

There’s a lot on the line in hiring new employees:  Money, liability, reputation, legal and a host of other concerns foreseen and not.

This is why the best corporations have great hiring practices.  They know  how to explain what they need and expect of employees in a clear job description, and how to recognize indicators of a qualified or unqualified candidate.  They know how to identify committed candidates with growth potential.  They know how to advertise to attract qualified candidates.  They know how to review resumes, conduct effective interviews, select candidates and notify them of hire.

Once on board, they know how to give their employees the tools needed to succeed.  They know how to keep the employee on board and committed.  They also know how to quickly recognize signs of trouble and respond appropriately for the best outcome.  And if it turns out the fit was just wrong, they know how to either fire someone, or accept their resignation gracefully and facilitate the transition without burning any bridges.

Because a bad employee is bad business.

No matter how great the rest of a business is, if the people paid to do the work to keep it afloat aren’t really suited for the job, they may well lie; cheat; steal; perform poorly; sabotage; slander; withhold their best and ultimately, leave with a mess in their wake.

Why then, when not only concerns of money, liability, reputation and law are on the line but also family, friends, heart, physical, spiritual and mental well-being and safety are on the line…

Why would any one ever treat themselves like a bad business?

We should treat our lives, and our relationships with the utmost care and concern.

Instead, all too often people look in the wrong places for relationships; Have a vague and unclear understanding of what role that person should play in their life; Spend useless time together learning nothing; Don’t know how to recognize potential for commitment or growth; Don’t understand what they need and expect or how to articulate it.

That’s no recipe for success.

No matter how great a person you are, if the people you spend your time with aren’t really meant to be there, they may well lie; cheat; steal; behave poorly; undermine the relationship; withhold their best and ultimately, leave with a mess in their wake.

When we’ve established a relationship, whether friendship or otherwise,  we should focus on making them succeed.  We need know how to give our friends, family, significant others the tools they need to succeed.  How to keep them engaged and committed.  How to quickly recognize signs of trouble and respond appropriately for the best outcome.  And if it turns out the fit was just wrong, we should know how to either let someone go or accept them walking away gracefully without burning any bridges.

When you have the best people in your life they will do whatever it takes to make your relationship work, better than you ever dreamed; They will exceed your expectations; They will do their best; They will grow and become better people; They will improve your reputation by association;  They’ll be loyal, trustworthy, competent, capable people who are the pride and joy of your life.

There is plenty to learn from the careful, critical process the best corporations use to recruit, select, hire, and retain their best employees: We should apply a variation of that knowledge in our personal lives.

The most essential lesson to learn is that the best relationships, whether professional or personal are formed because both parties know their shared goal; value themselves accurately; articulate their needs and expectations clearly; consistently act with the success and growth of the relationship in mind.

No, we aren’t paying our friends, family, or spouse cash.  We are paying them in something much more valuable, priceless and irreplaceable: Time and love.

What employer is at their employee’s side to help them pick up the pieces after they terminate them?  What employer is at their employee’s deathbed?  Certainly, spouses, friends and family members are called in to volunteer in a pinch, to support when work goes wrong.

If you aren’t already applying the principles of critical candidate selection in your personal relationships, perhaps this is the time to start.

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