Stop Being a Pig With Your People | No BS Management Advice

Take a look around at your team. Half are looking for jobs. Why? I speak to that in this video and what you can do differently

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, the head coach for and JobSearchCoaching HQ, com. I worked as a professional recruiter for more than 40 years, filled more than 1200 full time positions, plus consulting assignments during my tenure in search. One thing I learned in the course of my work as a recruiter is that, well, frankly, most managers cause their own problems.
Let me just use it as a story from Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn, where he spoke about the need for organizations to think of people differently and, in thinking of them, he's suggested that you hire them for a tour of duty. The tour basically consists of "we want you to do such and such. At the end of that, I'm going to help you. I can help you internally to a new position; I can help you externally."
Now if you're In HR, you're hearing this about helping externally, I know you're going to hit the ceiling. And the reality is, that's what people do. As I record this in 2019, more than 50% of employees are looking for work (51% to be exact. The statistic comes from Gallup. So it's not me making something up). That's a fact. The reason most of them are looking for work is they feel stuck. They're bored doing what they're doing. They don't feel like there's any hope.
Now, for you in HR, the idea of encouraging people to interview internally for other options is important because you're going to keep people in the organization. For you as a manager, the reality is, you're going to lose them anyway so why not be more generous with your high performers? Why not help them learn and grow because they're going to be allies to you internally?
You see, when push comes to shove, if you only think of yourself and have that selfish mindset that basically says, "I'm going to lose," as opposed to the organization is going to win and I can always find someone comparable (which is true, you can), then, the organization is stuck, because it's going to lose the talent and so are you.
So, if you're proactive in helping your people land elsewhere, the organization loses fewer people and if the organization doesn't have a place for them, you can just help them go somewhere else where they are going to praise the heck out of you for how you were their ally in their career. They may be the ones that hire you in the future!
Open yourself up. Understand, organizationally, that this person can be a game changer and, as an HR organization, you need to think in terms of internal recruiting as much as external recruiting. As a manager, you need to think that your job is to create the best version of these people that you can find. Really. Your job is to get things done and help with career development and progression. That is your role and it's what's going to make you into a leader. That's because leaders are people who others are willing to follow. If you just function as a manager, making sure that you enforce process, how does anyone win under that?
How does anyone win.
I hope you found this helpful. My name is Jeff Altman I was referred to as "The Big Game Hunter" when I worked in search. I've continued it on now that I do coaching. If you're interested in one on one work with me, reach out to me through go to the site. There's a ton there and there's a place where you can schedule a free discovery call with me.
Hope you have a great day and take care


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for He is the host of “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast,” and “No BS Job Search Advice.”

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