HR professionals have a lot of information and tools at their fingertips to evaluate talent. But all of that information (hard skills, previous work experience, college degrees) doesn't always mean they hire the best candidate for the job. A prospect is a prospect, after all, and even the most pedigreed can be a bust — so it goes whether you're scouting a sales manager or a franchise quarterback.
Even in the data-driven machine that is the NFL, there's still an element of instinct in recruiting and in determining how raw talent will mesh with a prospect's character and other intangibles. It might be a clichÃ©, but those intangibles can mean the difference between a high-paid superstar and a high-paid flop.
Professional sports are replete with talented prospects who just didn't pan out. Take Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf, two of the top quarterback prospects leading into the 1998 NFL draft. "Manning and Leaf were blisteringly hot prospects as they entered the National Football League's annual draft — college quarterbacks of exceptional promise, either of them certain to be that year's No. 1 pick," according to The New York Times.
The Indianapolis Colts selected Manning No. 1 overall; the San Diego Chargers took Leaf with the No. 2 pick. And then their careers diverged. Manning is a record five-time league MVP who has led two different teams to three Super Bowl appearances. Leaf, meanwhile, played sparingly during four seasons and left the league.
Leaf's story isn't unique. To mitigate those expensive misjudgments, the NFL rolled out a "new evaluation system that seeks to probe a prospect's personality: somewhat nebulous qualities like motivation, passion and mental toughness," writes the Times.
Those evaluations aren't perfect. Intangibles such as character and personality are an important part of talent assessment in business, whether it's major league sports or a local retailer, but those traits aren't always easy to identify. And that's why recruiting is part measurable science, part imprecise art.
h/t: The New York Times
Photo: Can Stock
Want to keep learning? Explore our products, customer stories, and the latest industry insights.
Conversation starters managers employee 1 on 1 meetings
As a manager, you play an integral role in ensuring lines of communication between yourself and your employees remain open and healthy. One way to do this is by ensuring you and your employees participate in regular, meaningful one-on-one meetings. But sometimes, it can be difficult to know how to start the conversation – and keep it going.
5 skills all leaders need in times of transition
Leadership teams have dealt with a huge amount of change over the last year. But this constant change is par for the course.
The missing step in leadership development: How to evolve high-potential talent for leading through disruption
Continuous disruption is defining the 21st century, from rapid advances in technology to political unrest to pandemics. For organizations, building a strong leadership bench continues to be a crucial strategy in not only surviving but thriving amid current and future disruptions. This brief is the final piece in a series of three created to help organizations define, develop, and evolve strong, agile leaders.