A brief lesson from Peter Drucker on picking people

by Michael Haberman on April 17, 2017 · 0 comments


General Marshall had an unparalleled record of hiring the right people for the right job.

Peter Drucker, management guru extraordinaire, tell the story of General George C. Marshall, who had a remarkable record of putting people in the right job at the right time during World War II. Marshall appointed approximately 600 people into positions, most had never commanded troops, and he ended up almost without a failure. Why was he successful? He focused on strengths! He hired people not for what they can’t do, he hired them for what they can do.

Tom Peters adds another criteria to hiring. He says it is critical to hire for enthusiasm. He says enthusiasm is the ultimate virus. For him low enthusiasm = no hire for any job.

Just put those two thoughts into your hiring brain!

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