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HBR Agrees – Now Is an Unprecedented Time to Hire Great Talent

May 8, 2020 by Kurt Wilkin

Yes, COVID sucks. For so many reasons. But there’s a silver lining. If you’ve followed my Survival and Thrival series, you know that I’m a big fan of leveraging this opportunity to make things better! Come out of this thing stronger! On the surface it might not seem like it, but COVID-19 presents some unique opportunities for your company.

Let’s talk about talent. Under normal circumstances, you should be continually assessing your team. Do they have the ability to get you to the proverbial next-level? While it may sound harsh, you should still be assessing them, even now as they work from home! Now is the perfect time to upgrade your talent and set your team up for long-term success. While your competitors have hiring freezes in place or furloughed many of their employees – you’re about to double down and hire that A player that you couldn’t have afforded or attracted 8 weeks ago! Carpe diem!

I was beyond thrilled to see the Harvard Business Review back up my thinking in Now is an Unprecedented Opportunity to Hire Great Talent . “The pool of available talent is suddenly both changing and expanding, and visionary leaders can make the most of it, preparing the ground for post-crisis recovery and growth.” Talk about being on the same wavelength! I strongly encourage you to identify that next-level hire, then go out and get them! It’s time to play offense so you can come out MUCH stronger on the other side.

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