Pretty Talented: The Quest for High-Quality Staff

Pretty Talented

Finding and Recruiting the right person

Finding high-quality staff can sometimes feel like you’re on an unattainable quest. In the 1990 movie “Pretty Woman,” Edward a successful businessman is looking for an adventure and he meets Vivian. And over the course of the movie we see the transformation of a quirky, beautiful (inside and out) person into a confident and majestic creature.

Edward wasn’t looking for anything ‘long-term’ when he was driving down Hollywood Boulevard, but that chance encounter changed the course of his character (Edward Lewis), and Vivian Ward played by Julia Roberts.

BTW, it was the big break for Julia Roberts that started a long and illustrious career and solidified the already successful career for Richard Gere.

This chance encounter leads to the discovery of a charming and talented woman with untapped potential that Edward saw and nurtured.

Similarly, as you seek out high-quality staff, keep an eye out for those hidden qualities in the people who are not obvious.

I’m not suggesting you drive down a seedy boulevard as your recruitment strategy!

You never know when you might stumble upon someone with remarkable skills, dedication, and a willingness to go above and beyond. Just like Vivian’s raw talent, these individuals have the potential to become invaluable assets to your team.

Staff Transformation Comes with Care

Vivian’s transformation, the polishing the rough edges. Remember the ‘woop woops’ of Vivian at the Polo match. Her sheer joy for being included without any inhibitions.  and the support she got from the Hotel Manager, Barney Thompson and the profound shopping experience, iconic Red Dress scene. Over time Vivian’s rough edges are smoothed out through guidance, support, and an opportunity for personal growth.

You can see where I’m going with this and your staff. Nurturing and developing your staff pays off. Once you’ve found talented individuals, invest in their training, provide mentorship, and create an environment that allows them to shine. By honing their skills and encouraging their professional development, you’ll witness the transformation of your staff members into exceptional performers.

Chemistry and culture create a harmonious team. In “Pretty Woman,” the chemistry between Vivian and Edward is undeniable. Although it wasn’t all smooth sailing (there has to be a villain). Jason Alexander played Philip Stucky, Edwards Lawyer and business partner was less than impressed by his partner’s attempts to bring in an ‘outsider’.

Likewise, in your quest for high-quality staff, it’s important to focus on building a team that shares a harmonious bond. Look for individuals who complement one another’s skills and personalities, fostering an environment where collaboration and cooperation thrive.

Look out for the, albeit well-intentioned, saboteur.

With the right chemistry, your team will not only work efficiently but also create a supportive and enjoyable workplace culture.

The Happily Ever After – Is it possible?

Realistically, I don’t know of any business that always follows the script. But, it doesn’t mean that the majority of the time you can’t be happy doing what you love to do.

Sure, there will be times when you feel like it’s a total waste of time and there’s no-one out there who meets your needs.

So, look internally. You may just have Vivian in your ranks.

Keep your eyes and mind open. One of the greatest hires I ever made had no experience but lots of enthusiasm, and most of all a great attitude of wanting to learn.

The relationship (employment) may not even last a lifetime, but whilst it exists make the most of it.

Just like “Pretty Woman”, a sprinkle of humour, a dash of determination, and a pinch of patience, you can uncover those hidden gems that will help your business thrive.

Remember to embrace their potential, nurture their growth, and create a supportive environment that encourages collaboration and teamwork.

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