I’m an avid hiker, and back in 2007, I decided to hike Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States and the Sierra Nevada, with an elevation of 14,505 feet. In order to hike this particular peak, you need a permit. It’s one of the busiest hikes in America. I set the date and obtained my permit for a group hike as several people heard about my quest and wanted to join my team.
From the get go, I made it clear that if they wanted to be on my team, they would need to train and hike at least 75 percent of the training hikes. Why? Because I knew how deadly this hike could be for someone not prepared. The trail isn’t hard but it is long, steep and involves high altitude. It mattered who was on my team!
We started off with 13 of us, and only 4 of us did the training hikes and completed the 21-mile out and back to the summit. On the surface, it may seem harsh to cut members of the team, but if they weren’t willing to do the work, they didn’t deserve to go. Somehow in society, we are focusing more on making sure everyone feels included rather than equipped. If I would have allowed someone who wasn’t used to altitude to hike with us, they could have died. How is that good for them? In actuality, I wasn’t just ensuring success for my team but the safety of all involved.
I bring this up because there’s a tendency these days to check boxes so that we can feel good about the look of our team. Looks only get you so far! If you want to succeed and make the summit, the people on your team matter. Personally, I want the best. I want people I can count on…who will hold their own and not cause me to stumble. As a woman, I would never want to get a gig, contract or job simply because I am a woman. That makes no sense at all!
If we truly want to be fair, we need to focus on abilities. Compare qualifications and hire those who can get the job done the best. This protects your entire team, services your customers and builds your business. It is still about growing and succeeding, isn’t it? You don’t want to get stuck half way up the mountain, do you? The people on your team matter, and I can help you find the best! Give me a call to learn how.