A few weeks back, I talked about The Great Resignation Part II, of how 73% of individuals that went from one job to the other in the last couple of years actually regretted their decision. Today, I’m going to touch a little bit on The Great Resignation Part II.
Let me explain, I do not disagree that the hiring environment over the last couple of years has become more difficult, there’s no doubt in my mind, it’s evident in the world out there. However, you have to be really careful of how you think and what you say. That old phrase, “there are no good people out there”, that’s a global belief, and a global belief is when you set up a belief in your head like; “there are no good people out there”. I will always say, you show up right, the right people show up. Your thinking will actually dictate what you’re going to attract and if you’re thinking “there are no good people out there”, no good people are going to show up. We as leaders have to work on ourselves to become our best, where people will want to represent us and our brand.
Now, many people know I’m a big UFC fan, United Fighting Championship, and Dana White, called the boss, is the CEO and owner of the UFC. He has what they call the Contender Series, it’s on ESPN+, it’s on every Tuesday night, and the Contender Series is where the boss will interview people who’ve been biting, scratching, clawing, training, sacrificing their entire life to hopefully get a contract in the UFC.
Each Tuesday night, 10 people show up for five scheduled fights. This is called the world’s toughest job interview. Now, when they show up, there are five fights, on the first episode, four of the fights which there were winners in each, however, they didn’t really wow the boss. The fifth fighter showed up and he said he’s going to do whatever it takes to walk away with a contract and let me tell you, he did, he wowed everybody, Dana White was standing up, applauding, saying, “That’s what I’m looking for,” and he won his contract.
Dana White shared his thoughts and comments after that first week of fights. He said, “Anybody who’s looking to join the UFC and win a contract, I don’t care what you’ve done in the past. I don’t look at your resume, I don’t look at your fights, I don’t look at any of your performances, all I see is when you walk into the ring that Tuesday night, that’s the only thing I see, and that’s exactly how I’m judging you, whether you get a contract to represent our brand or not.” Powerful stuff, he doesn’t care what they’ve done in the past, all he cares about is how they show up. And since that first episode, 25-plus contracts have been awarded to fighters to enter the UFC. It’s a record, the people are showing up, and they’re doing whatever it takes to win that contract.
Now, why do I share this with you? Because if we’re using the phrase, “there are no good people out there,” we will be stuck in the hiring department. Because the fact remains that there are some great people out there. There are some nonprofit organizations that are taking young kids from bad environments, foster kids, educating them, mentoring them, and giving them an opportunity to do internships, go to college, and change their life. MOD Pizza is an organization that young adults that have been through the grind and bad experiences in their life give a second shot that somebody else is unwilling to give them. College HUNKS, a client of mine that I work with, their phrase is, “We build leaders.” One of the people that work for the organization was down and out five years ago and the owner gave him a shot, now he’s going to be taking over the keys to the company three years from now.
There are people out there with heart and soul that will do whatever it takes to represent a brand with pride, they will jump through hoops, they will do whatever you ask because they want to prove themselves, those are the good people you are looking for. Referring to my book, Knock It Out of the Park Leadership, chapter 17, they either qualify or they don’t, look for the people with the heart and soul that want to step up and make something for themselves in life. You give that person a second chance, you give them the opportunity that nobody else is willing to give them, and you see how people show up and represent your brand, and no longer will you be saying there are no good people out there.
It’s obvious I’m a little passionate about this, take a lead from Dana White, make it the toughest job interview ever, make people want to show up, where you don’t care what they did in the past, it’s how they show up today. Trust me, there are people out there looking for an organization with the right culture that they want to represent, so you work on yourself and you’ll attract the right people. And remember, show up right and the right people will show up.
COACH MICHAEL DILL is an Award-Winning Certified Business Coach, global speaker, and published author. He is a proud Action Coach Franchise partner as well as the President of Power & Ice Wealth Creation a strategic leadership company that works with business owners, leaders, teams, and entrepreneurs to both develop a systematized and structured organization while accelerating their mindset, efficiencies, and effectiveness to grow both personally and professionally to achieve extraordinary results. He brings more than 40 years of business and entrepreneurial experience in his leadership, team training, and mentoring practice. Businesscoachmichaeldill.com