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Strengths-based recruitment is about attracting, selecting and promoting people who are a great fit for the role, really want to do it and will thrive in it because they have the right innate strengths and motivators, versus hiring those who can just DO the job. In a nutshell, it’s about finding ‘round pegs for round holes’ instead of employing people as ‘square pegs in round holes’ and trying to make them fit.

Business leaders in companies that have already discovered the value of strength-based recruitment and development are typically motivated by one or all of the following:

  • They want a step-change in performance
  • They want to save cost associated with high staff turnover
  • They want to improve customer service to become more competitive

Whatever the size of your business or the sector you are in, these are principles which are likely to apply as you try to grow. But how should you go about defying convention and making the shift from conventional competency-based approaches to recruitment and training?

This is an extract from my piece What the latest innovation in recruitment could do for SMEs published today in businessZONE. If you’re the leader of a Small or Medium sized Enterprise, you too can experience all the benefits of a strengths-based approach to recruitment and development.

Sally Bibb’s book Strengths-based Recruitment and Development: A Practical Guide to Transforming Talent Management Strategy for Business Results (the first on the subject) is published by Kogan Page. Use discount code HRSBRW at the Kogan Page website.

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Sally BibbDirector, Engaging Minds
Sally Bibb is the author of Strengths-based Recruitment and Development: A Practical Guide to Transforming Talent Management Strategy for Business Results and The Strengths Book: Discover How to Be Fulfilled in Your Work and in Life, and is a leading strengths expert.