Sometimes having an attitude is good..........
I love listening to Podcasts of Radio 4’s Bottom Line when I get a minute. There’s some great little pithy videos on the BBC site called ‘Watch my Bottom line’, where the guests record a minute’s worth of business advice, which I love! Its a little goldmine of great business learnings – go check it out!
One of my favourites is from Norbert Teufelberger, CEO of BWIN …..no I’d never heard of him before either, guess that’s because I’m not a user of online gambling sites! He recommends hiring people in the business for attitude rather than skills. He advocates needing a great working environment and that even if the ‘blueprint’ [you can tell he’s German/Austrian] says to hire skills, go for attitude everytime.
I completely agree with Norbert – you can spend money to train skills, it’s impossible to train great attitude. The bedrock of a great SME is having a team of people with great attitude…don’t be scared and go for skills!