27 Jun 2016
As the Euro Championships are reaching the exciting knockout stages (apart from the Portugal/Croatia match) I thought I would share what I have learned from elite athletes performing at the top of their game and how this relates to recruitment!
- A game is never over until the final whistle, all the late goals we have had in this tournament that have shattered dreams are testament to this. In recruitment terms a recruitment process is never finished until the candidate has started and passed their probation period. Stay focussed and don’t let a late goal scupper all the good work you have put in.
- A good manager should never rest on his laurels or underestimate the competition; arguably something Ray Hodgson was guilty of when he selected a weakened team against Slovakia. In the competitive recruitment world there are always ambitious individuals who will work hard to engage with your clients and candidates- Don’t take them for granted.
- Gareth Bale has been the lynchpin of the Wales team during this tournament, no surprise as he is a world class player; however he still needs those around him to perform. Even the highest performers in recruitment need a good team around them to provide the platform for their success.
- Portugal and their “best player in the world” have not performed well, however they are in the Quarter finals and still in contention. Even high performers can have a blip in billing or a loss of form. You need to stick with them as they usually come good in the end. Form is temporary, class is permanent.
- The Irish fans (North and South) have proven to be very popular during the tournament with their enthusiasm and optimism. “Will Grigg’s on fire”, even though he didn’t play a minute of football is arguably the anthem of the tournament. People buy from people, be positive, enthusiastic and optimistic and it will stand you in good stead.
Let me know what you have learned from the tournament so far and watch this space for further thoughts as the Championships progress