How to get the right people in the right seats

Mona Boot
Founder of Go 4 Tracion, Professional EOS Implementer and passionate about helping businesses being successful.

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“To have the right people in the right seats” is a commonly known expression among business leaders, but not all know how to make it happen. Right people means people who share your company’s core values. And if you want to have the right people in your organization it’s a good idea to check if job candidates share your core values. So do add your company’s core values to your job listings.

Right seats means that each person is filling a position in your company which they understand, they want and is in a seat for which they have the capacity. So make responsibilities and the results for which they are accountable crystal clear for job candidates.

Hire for culture

Today I found a great example of a job description that makes it clear what kind of people the company would like to hire and a also good description of the seat that’s available: 

At Redbud, we hire for culture first. Then ability and skills. Please consider the following when deciding if this opportunity is the right fit for you. Culturally, we seek team members who are a fit for our core values.


Core Values:
• Say what you mean; mean what you say
• Own problems; do what you know is right
• Empathize; Find compassion in every interaction
• Embody a humble confidence Give it your all, all of the time
• Make everyone’s day better
• Value team above self, service above all
• Give it your all, all of the time

Get’s it, Want’s it and has the Capacity

GWC is an EOS Tool for helping a leader determine whether someone is in the right seat. It’s described in Gino Wickman’s book “Traction, get a grip on your business“. GWC stands for Get it, Want it, and Capacity. You must ask three questions:

1. Do they Get it?
2. Do they Want it?
3. Do they have the Capacity to do it? 

Answer either “Yes” or “No” to each question. “Maybe” is not an option. If any one of the three answers is “No,” then that person is in the wrong seat. If you want to know more about getting the right people in the rights seats, let’s get in touch. I’m happy to help.

So well done, Redbud Group. No surprise to read this in the job description too: “We operate utilizing the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) as described in the book, Traction, by Gino Wickman.”

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