When people ask about Harrison McMillan we often start with “We’re disrupting the recruitment industry” mainly because this entices people to want to know more about what we do. It opens a door for us to explain how we are disrupting the ‘traditional’ recruitment agencies and changing the game with our fresh approach to recruitment.
However, recently at a Spence Club Women’s Professional Networking event the response was different! On this particular occasion one woman said “Oh my God, you must have read Lisa Messenger’s Daring and Disruptive book!” I had not, however was instantly intrigued to read it, which I did cover to cover that night.
‘Daring and Disruptive’ by Lisa Messenger is a soulful account of an entrepreneur’s rollercoaster ride. It’s for people who want to make the impossible possible and the ordinary extraordinary. Being an entrepreneur myself it resonated with me, however she also focused on intrapreneurship (the act of behaving like an entrepreneur while working within a larger organisation).
This got me thinking, Jodi and I are being disruptive and daring on a daily basis by challenging businesses to think differently about the way they hire and it would be great to see internal employees pushing the boundaries and challenging the status quo of their internal recruitment process.
We challenge you to consider the below 6 things and implement them into your organisation. Are you game?
1. Dare to start thinking differently. Dismiss the norm, recreate it. Push boundaries in a clever and respectful way. Those who take risks are generally the ones who earn the greatest success. Begin to question – are your internal processes the best they can be? Are there any flaws? Can you break it down to discover where the bottlenecks may be? Are your current suppliers really providing the best services for you? Where can the biggest improvements be made? Do not be afraid to start thinking differently. Don’t discard what’s working but think about how it could be improved. Ask questions. Think outside of the box and challenge the status quo.
2. Say something. The beauty of being disruptive is that you can make some noise and be heard. If you see or think of a better way of doing things verbalise it, document it – tell someone who can help you make it happen.
3. Keep things simple. Minimise overthinking and complications in systems that can ultimately hold you and your organisation back. Simplicity is key. Do you really need a 3 stage interview process or could you utilise new technology to make your process more efficient? If you need a little extra help with this, take a look at our advanced pre-recoded video interviewing technology: (https://app.interviewstream.com/App/Public/Candidate/aed19474b53b). This has proven to reduce Hiring Manager’s time during the interview process by 80%.
4. Don’t be afraid of the candidates, or staff members who see things differently and tell you about it – the misfits, the rebels and the people not fond of rules. These are the people that will change things. They imagine. They invent. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward and are vital to an organisation that wants to push the boundaries. We all need the innovators in our organisation.
5. Test quickly and fail fast. This mindset will keep you positive, and push your organisation forward even when confronted with a plan that doesn’t achieve the desired result. It will allow you to be agile and adjust your direction or plan as needed.
6. Let curiosity guide you! Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Take a step back, and look at the processes objectively. Ask why your company does things in a certain way. The chances are that the person who put the process in place could have left or was in the role a few years ago. Be sure to push boundaries in a clever and respected way and be open to try new things.
It is a lot more fun to be a disruptor than the disrupted. Take the front foot with this, be willing to make a stir within your organisation, and possibly your industry in the search for a more efficient way of operating.
For more information on how Harrison McMillan’s disruptive recruitment model could assist your organisation call us on 08 7071 7094.