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bag of moneyManagers: Why aren’t you training for sales during pre-licensing? You hire them–then you just wait until they have their licenses to start training.

Give Them a Head Start Instead

Have you thought about a ‘head start’ program for your newbies? If you’re like 98% of managers, you wait to start training your agents until AFTER they join your office as newbies. Why? Think how much faster they could go if they had lots of the organization and training under their belts prior to their first day in the business?A� Okay. I know. Until they are licensed, they can’t do the things licensed agents can do. But, they can do many things. And all those things get them ready to hit the ground running. At the end of this blog, I’m providing you my checklist, 30 Things to Do Right (In Pre-License School) Now to Hit the Ground Running. (from my informative eBook, What They Don’t Teach You in Pre-License School).

We Lose Lots of Time Because They are Not Prepared to Start the Business

You know the drill. We hire that new agent. We spend the first 1-2 weeks with them getting the ‘orientated’. We have checklists to assure they get their keys, join the Realtor association, etc., etc., etc. How long do you estimate it takes the new agent just to get those orientation checklists finished? 2-4 weeks? In some cases, they never finish them!!!!! Not only that, they probably think that finishing those checklists assures they are going to be successful agents.A� Ha!

When Do Your New Agents Start Lead Generating?

My studies show that new agents want to make a sale their first month in the business. But, when do you think they start lead generating? Do you know? (Better track that so you know who’s going to work). I believe they put off the inevitable as long as possible, hoping ‘there’s another way!’ In fact, the more ‘get ready to get ready’ work you have them doing as licensees, the worse their habits become and the less money they make!

A Different Method to Get Them a Check Fast

Instead of waiting until they are licensed, why not get them prepared to sell real estate while they are in pre-license school? They can do things like

  • Decide on the database/CRM they want to use and learn how to use it
  • Populate their databases with 100-300 potential clients
  • Prepare an email/hard copy note/letter to all those in their database saying they’ve joined_____________ real estate company

30 Things to Do While in Pre-License School

In fact, as I was writing my eBook, What They Don’t Teach You in Pre-License School, I started thinking about how we could really prepare agents to sell real estate–lots of real estate. That’s how I came up with this checklist. Click here to get it.

How to Recruit with the Checklist

This list is not only helpful to those you know you’re hiring, it’s a very effective recruiting tool. It proves to your potential recruits that you care about their career success–even before you hire them!

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Offer this checklist to all your new licensee candidates
  • Offer this checklist for your Career Nights
  • Offer this checklist in your ads (newspaper, Craig’s List, Facebook, etc.)

Take It a Step Further

Why not create a 4-6 module course based on this checklist. Do it evenings, with assignments for the attendees. You’ll be able to see who is willing to go to work. Now, you’ll be able to hire the best!

what-they-dont-3d_coverSave Time! Prepare Your New Agents to Sell Real Estate Fast and Well

This 280+ page eBook is packed with questionnaires, advice, processes, and systems to prepare that pre-licensee for the real world of real estate. You’ll save precious interview time and help winners choose you. See What They Don’t Teach You in Pre-License School. Only $14.95, and immediately downloadable. Now, a Kindle version, too.

P. S. This book will save you hours if interview time because it will weed out the ‘hang my license’ bothersome ones…..unless you want non-producers, of course!

finger wantWe’ve discussed the importance of systematizing your recruiting. I’ve given you information about the contents of a pre-first visit folder. Now, let’s take a look at the folder you need to create for that all-important interview process. First: Do you have a firm system for your process? What percent of interviewers do you think use a planned method? What percent ‘wing it’?

Note: Although we know recruits are the lifeblood of our offices, it’s amazing how we continue to try to ‘wing it’ during the interview process. Assembling these materials will assure that you never are flying by the seat of your pants–or look like it to the candidate!

Keeping Track of Candidates is Tougher than it Seems When You’re in the Recruit ModeA�

How are you going to keep track of each candidate? If youa��re interviewing five to ten candidates per week (the number necessary to build your office at a rate of 4-5 people per month), you will need a method to keep these candidates in mind. (Ita��s really embarrassing to wrong recall something about a candidate in an interviewa��and find out you have the wrong a�?Barrya��a��.)

Herea��s what should go in the candidate selection folder:

  • A�A�A�A�A�A� Phone interview questions and candidate notes from phone interview
  • Candidate needs assessment questions
  • Candidatea��s application (be sure your attorney reviews this for legalities)
  • Candidate behavioral predicting questions See The Complete RecruiterA�and Your Blueprint for Selecting Winners–information on these resources is below)
  • Post-interview checklist

Of course, prior to the interview, youa��ll want to gather your presentation and a notepad to keep notes.

Armed with these tools, you’ll not only appear to be organized, you WILL be organized. Your good candidates will appreciate your professionalism, and will be drawn to you. The poor candidates probably won’t care (and neither should you…).

For a checklist of recruiting processes and systems needed, click here.

Want to avoid re-inventing the wheel? Check out my recruiting resources here.A�A�A�A�

Here’s the only comprehensive interviewing process I’ve ever seen in real estate. Why not be better than those other interviewers with the best professional system you can use?

Check out Your Blueprint for Selecting Winners.A�

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-leadership-elements-qualities-image25801327Recruiting: Here’s what you need in your pre-interview package. This month, I’m focusing on recruiting and selecting systems, to help you work faster and better and recruiter winners.

Remember the Chinese water torture? Drip, drip, a drip at a time. That’s the key to recruiting successfully. Herea��s another a�?dripa��. Youa��ll want to provide your candidate after that first interviewA�another package with the information you think the candidate will find useful. Herea��s why:

We remember only 10% of what we heard three days later!

Unfortunately, candidates dona��t remember much of what we discuss in the interview. Or, they remember it wrongly. It seems easy to us, but, it becomes a muddle to them when they interview five companies in as many days. So, take the time to assemble what I call the a�?after first-visita�� package or post-interview process. In it, youa��ll reiterate important points, and again differentiate yourself and your company.

Systemize Like your Great Agents

Great agents assemble these packages for sellers and buyers. You are modeling the behaviors you want to teach the agent. You can explain the parallels in the interview process. This is a very strong recruiting strategy. The old adages

A�We believe what we see, not what we hear

and

A�Do as I do, not as I say

are true, as we know a�?in real lifea��.

In Your Post-First Visit (Post-Interview) Package

Here is a sample list of the materials you may include in an after-first visit recruiting package. Note that some of the material is duplicating your pre-first visit package. Also, sometimes you wona��t have the opportunity to provide a pre-first visit package. Of course, youa��ll always have the ability to customize each package. However, ita��s much easier to do this from a prepared package than to start from scratch each time.

Letter from the manager explaining whata��s in the package

  • A�A�A�A�A�A� Training calendar (you do have one, dona��t you?)
  • A�A�A�A�A�A� Training brochure
  • A�A�A�A�A�A� Company/office/manager story
  • A�A�A�A�A� Attractive company/office/manager statistics
  • A�A�A�A�A�A� Articles featuring company/manager
  • A�A�A�A�A�A� Costs of affiliating A�with explanations

Bottom Line: Youa��re Proving your Competency to Each Candidate With Every Recruiting Process You Do

Well-assembled packages reflect clear thought processes. Merely putting these together will clarify your recruiting and selection story. It will help you figure out and communicate your culture and values. It will provide you differentiation and memorability. It says to the candidate, a�?I prepared for you. Your time is valuable. I am here to dedicate my skills and talents to help you develop your business.a�?

You will recruit more and better agents, you will save time, and you will be able to delegate or a�?clonea�� yourself by hiring a manager or recruiter when the need arises.

For a checklist of recruiting processes and systems needed, click here.

Want to avoid re-inventing the wheel? Check out my recruiting resources here.A�A�A�A� CompleteRecruiterfor web OBrecuiter

man with hair in airRecruiting: Do you have systems, or do you ‘wing it?’ At the end of this blog, I’m providing you a checklist of the systems you need. See how prepared you are!

When you look at allA�the organization required to systematize your recruiting, it can be daunting. So, why not start with the packages?A� Here are the packages you need:A�

  • A�Folders to hold all selection materials/processes for each agent interviewed
  • Pre-first visit package (sent prior to the interview)
  • Your interview process (application, your analysis forms, interview format, questions, etc.)
  • Visual recruiting presentation
  • A�After first visit recruiting package

Why are these packages important?A�It takes six to eight times of meeting someone before you remember that person. In some sense, recruiting is like what one of my old bosses called the Chinese water torture: You must just keep dripping, dripping, and dripping on the candidate so you are

  • A�memorable
  • A�perceived as more professional than others the candidate will be interviewing

Savvier Candidates Require Savvier Recruiting Organization

Assembling and using these packages shows your candidate that you are organized, interested, and dedicateda��both as a manager, and in helping that person create a viable career. A few months ago Charles Dahlheimer wrote an excellent article in The Real Estate Professional– an analysis of 2010. In it, he noted that more college-educated people are coming into real estate today. You can read the whole article here.A� Because these candidates are more educated than before, ita��s important to present yourself in the same light as other professionals in other fields the candidate may interview. And, ita��s important that you create polished, well-thought-out packages that appeal to these candidates.

Start the Process: Just Throw a�?Possibilitiesa�� in a Folder

The best way, Ia��ve found, to create packages, is to first simply create a folder (either hard copy or on your computer), and start throwing possible inclusions for that package into the folder. Dona��t judge them! Judging them prematurely will not get you anywhere. As a musician, I know creativity is messy. In fact, the most inhibiting action to creativity, I think, is that we energetically critique every possibility when we try to construct something. So, too many times, we end up with not starting! Instead, squelch your impulse to judge anything until you have all your possibilities. After that, you can prune and prioritize. In my view, ANY prepared package is better than none!

Note: Because most recruiters dona��t have systems, any organization and system you have created with stand out.

Communicating your a�?Memorability Factora��

In the next blogs, I’ll go more deeply into what can go into some of these packages. Ia��m going to give you my recommendations for three packages. More importantly, though, you decide the overall messages you want to convey through these packages. As the candidate reads the package, what do you want them to think about you? What values and culture do you want to communicate? What objections do you want to anticipate via each package? What misconceptions do you want to correct?

For a checklist of recruiting processes and systems needed, click here.

Want to avoid re-inventing the wheel? Check out my recruiting resources here.A�A�A�A�

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If you don’t have the systems you need, here’s your chance to get them–at a terrific price. The Complete Recruiter is a self-training and resource manual on recruiting. Your Blueprint for Selecting Winners is the only step-by-step interviewing resource available for real estate interviewers today. And, another bonus, Objection Busters for Recruiters. This package is regularly $220. Now, it’s only $129.95–the price regularly of just The Complete Recruiter. A�Why not save thousands of hours of time and build your systems with confidence–and recruit more winners? Click here to get the special offer.
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Man-Walking-Up-Stairs-to-GlobeRecruiting and selecting: Are you systematized or scattered? I”m focusing on selecting and interviewing in this series of blogs. Why? Because most managers just ‘wing it’!

Most managers are surprised, when they start managing–with the demands of their new job. Many times, they didna��t
know they would be expected to recruit! One manager I was coaching in a group, told me his owner assured him he wouldna��t have to recruit. Then, a couple of years into the job, the owner hired me to teach the managers recruiting skills. Boy, that was an interesting situationa��.As you can imagine, the manager felt betrayed. At least he learned to trust me enough to confide in his quandary.

In fact, managers typically thought they could stop lead generating when they became managers. Not so fast. Recruiting is job # 1 in a managera��s job description.

A�Where are the Recruiting Systems?

Some managers expect to walk right into an office and put those recruiting systems in place to work. You can imagine how surprised they are when they find out there are no systems to aid in recruiting. And, without systems, recruiting becomes way too daunting a task. Especially, too, if youa��re a new manager and have no clue how to recruit!

How Managers Cope

In fact, many managers push it further a�?down the daya��, until exhausted and beaten down by the demands of their job, they say they just dona��t have time to recruit.

Systems Solve All Those Problems

You know that systems gain us time. They allow us to prepare prior to a crisis situation. Systems are also teaching tools. We follow systems to learn how to do something. Systems create great habits. For our discussion today, Ia��m going to divide recruiting systems into external and internal.

A�External Recruiting Systems

Perhaps youa��ve used recruiting lead generating companies in the past. Those companies either supply you leads, or supply you cards to send to your recruits. Thata��s great. Those are systems. But, Ia��m not talking about those a�?externala�� systems. Ia��m talking about a whole other group of systemsa��internal systemsa��those systems you develop to a�?runa�� your recruiting plan.

A�A Day in the Life

Youa��ve seen agents in constant upheaval without systems. They get a listing appointment, and they run around attempting to put together a package or presentation. Youa��re constantly telling them to prepare, systematize, and package their presentations so theya��re ready at the drop of a hat.

Okay. How systematized are you in your recruiting? It’s just like the agents’ lead generating, right? Are you always ready when that recruit shows up? Do you have the packages in place to show that recruit that you are really professional. Or, like the agent, do you run around trying at the last minute to get your act together?

A�A Successful Recruitera��s Tools and Systems

A�Successful recruiters organize their recruiting and selecting processes just like successful agents do. You need:

1. A database and contact management software

2. Folders for each candidate (enough pre-set up files for one montha��s interviewing)

3. A system to pre-screen, interview, and choose the right candidates

4. The recruiting packages to support your efforts

You can delegate the packaging and systematization to an assistant, so you can do the important activities to build your company: Recruiting, face to face interviewing and selection!

In my next few blogs, Ia��ll break down what goes into each package and system.

Question: What percent of managers interviewing do you think have these systems?

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If you don’t have the systems you need, here’s your chance to get them–at a terrific price. The Complete Recruiter is a self-training and resource manual on recruiting. Your Blueprint for Selecting Winners is the only step-by-step interviewing resource available for real estate interviewers today. And, another bonus, Objection Busters for Recruiters. This package is regularly $220. Now, it’s only $129.95–the price regularly of just The Complete Recruiter. A�Why not save thousands of hours of time and build your systems with confidence–and recruit more winners? Click here to get the special offer.
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man pointing questionnaireAre you talking too much in your interviews? This month, I’m focusing on great selection practices.

Instead of muscling a sale or a ‘yes’ from a recruita��.ask questions. Lots of questions. Probe to find out more. Keep finding out more until youa��re really sure you know what they mean. Let me give you an example:

The recruitA�says, a�?I want a a�?deala��.a�?

Do you jump to a conclusion because you know what a�?deala�� means? Dona��t. You may be surprised. Instead, ask questions at what a�?deala�� means to that recruit. When you know exactly what the recruit means, you can proceed to find what theA�really wants–instead of what someone else told him he should ask for!

A Pre-Screening Process for New Agent Candidates to Save you Time

Ask these questions before you spend time and money chasing candidates who dona��t meet your standards.A� Click hereA�to get the complete process.

Use In-Depth Questionnaires to Discover Real Needs

Besides using these preliminary questions, always use written in-depth questionnaires so youa��ll know

  • The benefits to the features/needs stated
  • Hidden objections you may not discover until too late
  • Motivations to buy that not even the a�?buyersa�� realizeA�they have

**Ever heard the term a�?buyers are liarsa��? I think thata��s not really the case. I think that we dona��t ask the right questions to help buyers (our recruits)A�clarify what they really want. Most a�?buyersa�� of services dona��t know what they really want. They think they want a better commission split. But, what theya��re really looking for is the motivation provided by secrity. That means different things to different people.A�Find outA�what’s really motivating your candidate, not just what he says to your basic questions.

Ask the Right Questions in the Right Order and You Wona��t Have to a�?Closea��

Finding the motivators of your a�?buyersa�� is key to helping them make the right buying decisions for themselves. All you have to do to a�?closea�� is to remind them that this a�?producta�� fulfills their needs. And, how do you get there? By creating and using the right questions in the right order.

Dona��t forget to grab your pre-screening process:A� click here.

Want to streamline your selection process and recruit more winners? Check out Your Blueprint to Selecting Winners. I’ve provided you the complete process for a professional selection process. Do you have one right now, or are you ‘winging it’?

 

interview with clip boardDo you know the best question you can ask a candidate? I know. You have your favorite questions. And, this month, I’m going to focus on the selection process. Why? Because we managers have the least training in it, yet more hinges on our skill in this process than any other–maybe except lead generating for recruiting.

What’s your favorite interview question? In the next few blogs, we’ll discuss types of interview questions. Some are great, some are okay–but some are misleading or worthless.

The Category of Question You Should Always Include

Are your favorite questions present or future-based? If so, beware. You’re being misled. I’ll explain more in a future blog. But, for now, I just want to focus on the category of question that assures you get the truth about the candidate: the past-based question. A� That question begins with “In the past, was there a time when you…………………” Why is that type of question so powerful? Because candidates seldom lie about their past when they are posed a question like that. Also, even though this is the best type of question you can ask, few managers are trained to ask a majority of this type of question. In a later blog, I’ll show you more about creating this type of question to find out the quality you’re looking for.

The Question You Want to Ask

Here it is: “When did you get your first job?”

Why is that so powerful? Because it demonstrates the qualities you’re looking for. According to my surveys of thousands of real estate pros, the vast majority of successful real estate pros started working as kids! This shows their ingenuity, belief in themselves, and determination that they alone are in charge of their destinies. Imagine some of the answers you’ll get, and what those answers will tell you:

“I got my first job at age thirteen.”

or

“I just started looking for a job. I’ve been living with my parents. They support me, and I really want to find the right job for me (I’m 27 years old).

What do these answers tell me about the candidate’s likely success in a business that requires self-confidence, ingenuity, tenacity, and ability to do it themselves?

Keep Probing about that Answer

One of the big mistakes we interviewers make is that we jump from question to question before we find out what’s really going on. So, don’t do that! Stay on that same question/answer and probe. Imagine some of the probing questions you can ask about that first answer: “How did you happen to get the job?” “Why did you want a job?” How long did you keep the job?” What did having a job at age 13 teach you?” What will the answers tell you?

Sometimes Our First Job Tells us what We DON”T Want to Do the Rest of our Lives

The reason that I wrote this blog is that I just read an article about Fred Hassan, CEO of Warbug Pincus, a private-equity firm. He said his first job was a produce picker and cannery worker. He said he learned about getting up early and working hard. And, he said it convinced him that he was very lucky to get to go to college and escape manual labor. I had a similar experience. As a 6th grader, I started picking strawberries and beans in our little town of Lebanon, Oregon. It was back-breaking, hard, sweaty work, and I vowed I’d use my brains and my talent to make a living–instead of doing manual labor!

Let me know the answers and insights you get from asking the question, “When did you get your first job?” (Remember to stay on that question and probe, probe, probe!)

eBook Cover(2)Is Your Selection Process really Professional?

Quick. Write down the 9 steps you take through your selection process. Difficult, isn’t it? Most interviewers just wing it, spending most of their time selling the company. Wrong! Find out the 9 steps Carla shows you that keep you in control of the interview–and help you stand out as the exceptional manager that desired candidate wants to work with.

Your A�Blueprint for Selecting Winners is only $79,95, and it’s immediately downloadable. This resource will save you thousands of dollars of hiring mistakes!

Click here for a detailed description.

 

Beatles laterWhat in the world do the Beatles have to do with real estate pros success? A lot, I think. Wea��ve all heard of Paul, George, Ringo, and Johna��but, does the name a�?George Martina�? ring a bell? Maybe. Martin was the record producer who discovered and molded the Beatles, adding his classical musical background to the Beatlesa�� creativity to produce the Beatlesa�� unique and ever evolving sounds.

As a musician myself, Ia��ve always marveled at how the Beatles put classical musical aspects into their rock a�?n roll. Well, guess what? They didna��t do it by themselvesa��they melded their talents with Martin. George Martin just died at age 90, and many articles are being written about his collaboration with the Beatles. As I read these articles, I was thinking, a�?These life and performance lessons are absolutely applicable to us real estate professionals.a�? So, I culled five life and performance lessons we can learn from their association.A�I’ve put the firstA�two lessons in my previous blog, and here are the last three.

Take your presentation apart and rebuild it with new elements.

You know the great ballad Yesterday (see, youa��re humming it in your head!). But, did you know McCartney originally sang it with just acoustic guitar accompaniment? Martin added a string quartet, and thata��s how that mellow, full, ethereal sound was created.

Have you gone outside your comfort zone with your presentations? Have you gotten some coaching to polish and improve? Have you polished your recruiting presentation recently?

Think outside the boxa��for a change.

Martin took his classical music background and added Souza marches and a calliope to Sgt. Peppera��s. But, he didna��t just add thema��he cut the tapes in pieces, turned them upside down, and switched the phrases to provide a somewhat chaotic, yet captivating mosaic.

Are you thinking outside the box? What have you done for the first time this year? What have you done differently? How are you keeping your business fresh and exciting?

No one succeeds alone.

As you can see from these examples, Martina��s genius and the Beatlesa�� creativity resulted in something that had never been heard beforea��and will never be replicated again. But, what would they have been without each other? The Beatles would have been just another English rock a�?n roll group, and Martin would have been just another successful record producer. They melded their talents and were both flexible and adventuresome in trying new approaches.

Whoa��s your partner in success? Real estate agents like to think they do it all on their own. But, studies show that virtually no one succeeds alone. Yes, someone may be the a�?front mana�� (or woman), but therea��s a partner behind the scenes, making everything better.

Remember to thank that partner now and then. It could be your manager, the owner, a trainer, a coacha��or your family.

Now, take these five life lessons to make your real estate career even more spectacular!

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interview with clip boardIs your selection process ‘seat of the pants’? A�I think it’s a big problem today in the real estate industry. Do you? Let me know your feedback about the comments below.

Ia��ve already provided you one a�?whack up the side of the heada��. That a�?whacka�� was about recruiting. Herea��s another a�?whacka�� for managers. This ‘whack’ is about selection–or the lack thereof by the real estate industry today.

Before I start: Where does the a�?whacka�� come from?A� My dad used to say when my sister and I were behaving badly he thought we needed a a�?whack up the side of the heada��. Dona��t worry. He didna��t actually do it, but we did pay attention when he said it, because we knew it was time to stop, look, and listena��and change our behavior! Ita��s time, I think, for brokers to get that a�?whack up the side of the heada��, too.

Selection a�?Whacka��: A�That a�?Give Everyone a Chancea�� song is so played out.

Ita��s time for us brokers to get serious and re-vamp our selection process. Start thinking of your potential recruits as a�?candidatesa��. It helps us use a selection process to actually screen candidates, not just sell them on us. Other businesses have used stringent candidate screening processes for years. We are about the only industry left that doesna��t use a planned interview process. The a�?on firea�� market covered a multitude of sins. However, our less than skilled business practices dona��t work for us when we need real workers and when our clients expect a high level of service.

Recommendations:

Get and use a planned interview process.

Spend at least A? of the time you have with a candidate asking questions and listening.

Ask the right questions (questions about their pasts). Practice those questions and keep a list of them in front of you. Do you know what ‘past based questions’ are? They’re like a crystal ball. See Your Blueprint for Selecting Winners for exactly how to craft them–and lots of examples.

Use the hiring ratios great companies use: Hire only one out of five candidates at minimum and one out of ten to create a quality company. Do these ratios this frighten brokers? Sure. It means we must become skilled recruiters. Businesses hiring service people use hiring ratios of one to twenty.

Ask yourself: Would you hire a secretary with the interview-to-hire ratios you hire agents? Do your agents have as great an impact on the perception of your company from the public as do your staff?

Create a a�?mutual expectationsa�� dialogue to assure that agent sees the value in your training, coaching, and start-up plan. a�?You never have another chance to make a first impressiona�? is the truism here.

Bottom line question: Are the agents youa��re hiring tough and good enough to deal with the discriminating client of today?

Tell me: If you believe real estate managers aren’t being as selective as they need to be, why?

Have you Polished your Selection Process?

Blueprint_Ebook_DisplayFor an 8-step ‘sure-selection’ process, plus those fantastic ‘past based’ questions, see Your Blueprint for Selecting Winners, and update your selection process to find more winners with less effort. A�(all online, so you get immediate access, and can start using it with confidence today!)

Mar
01

Are You Gutless about Termination?

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man ponderingThis month, I’m featuring leadership. Part of leadership is to know who to hire–and when to fire.A�How to let someone go fairly–with grace–is a huge challenge for many managers. This challenge just came up again. I was just asked by an association of real estate companies to do a leadership webinar on standards. Before I do a ‘live’ presentation or a webinar for a particular group, I use my Pre-Conference Survey to find out exactly what their needs are.
(Note: If you do presentations for ‘outside groups’, consider making a pre-conference survey so you find out their exact needs, cultural specifics, and market differences. It makes a huge difference in your ability to deliver to their needs). This was the question that stood out most to me in the survey.

Question: How Do You Terminate Someone Fairly and Effectively?
Do you believe that the person who is failing knows he/she is failing? Of course they do. And, the longer they fail, the further down their self-esteem sinks, the further their confidence shrinks, and, finally,

the person simply quits working!

They still may be employed/contracted with you, but, they aren’t doing the things necessary to move their job forward. So, it’s not fair to simply let them continue failing. Nothing will change. You must step in.

The ‘One Last Chance’ Conversation and System
I’m a huge believer in game plans and systems for situations. That means you are fair with everyone. One of the reasons managers don’t want to fire is that they are afraid they will be unfair–or perceived as unfair. The way to take away those fears is to implement a system to give each person one last chance (this is after you have tried your normal coaching and training methods).

What’s in the One Last Chance’ Conversation
Here are the steps to terminate someone fairly and with grace.
1. Call the meeting. Do not engage in small talk. This is serious; it has no social aspect.
2. State that the person has not met your standards (minimum expectations). You DO have those in place, right?
3. Tell the person you will provide them one last chance.
4. Show them the performance system you will use (something like The On Track System to Success in 30 Days).
5. Get agreement that the person will use the system.

Make The Time Frame Short
I have been snookered by the best of them! I’ve learned to make the time frame no more than 30 days. You want that person to go right to work. You also must reserve the right to terminate at any time.

Good News: They Will Let Themselves Go 50% of the Time
You will find that many people are just waiting for you to provide that last chance, so they can face the fact they really don’t want to work. They will let themselves go.

When You Terminate
You have given them a fair chance. You have been straightforward. They have not gone to work. All you have to do in your termination conversation is to state just that. 95% of the time you will get no argument. In fact, they will thank you for being honest with them. Using these five pointers will allow you to let them go with grace, and relieve your mind that you are fair in your termination guidelines.

How do you terminate? Or, do you terminate or just let them fade into the sunset?

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