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The Rule of Three For Hiring

When I worked in business management I developed a “Rule of Three” for success in hiring new staff. I’ve found that it’s just as effective for nonprofits. Here’s how it works….

It should be a priority for every employee to develop and carefully maintain a personal list of at least three people who would be a good fit to work within your organization. Being reminded to do this makes people more alert when they’re in meetings, on the road, or even in social situations with friends or colleagues.

This isn’t just about hiring new managers and senior executives. It’s for all positions.

I’ll put it another way: on the day of your next promotion, who would you hire who can fill your shoes?

Always keep DEI in focus. You’ll benefit from assembling a diverse and inclusive team with complementary skills and a range of functional backgrounds.

  • Do you maintain a list of three individuals who you think would be great employees anywhere within your organization?
  • How are you keeping in touch with them, gauging their continuing interest?

To learn more about hiring, download this short chapter from Applied Wisdom for the Nonprofit Sector.

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