When writing about his experiences opposing Adolph Hitler, Robert S. Hartman could not have predicted that future leaders would rely upon his knowledge to hire and coach teams. Decades later, his work is a modern-day Best Practice. The Hartman Value Profile (HVP), sometimes called the Judgment Index, is a highly mathematical, scientific, and logically based assessment tool. HVP constructs a “baseline” on the uniqueness of an individual’s or group’s judgment capacity. I have used HVP to:
Several years ago, upon seeing the results of my first Hartman Value Profile test, I questioned, “How could these seemingly irrelevant questions assess my ability to make good judgments in my professional world?” Needing verification, like most seasoned managers, I reviewed the results with my wife. Her indictment was quick, “Yes, that is definitely you!” She reinforced the positive, yet lovingly confirmed the negative. It was uplifting yet sobering, and above all revealing of opportunities to improve!
Even with my wife’s validation, my first reactions to the process were skeptical. To provide further substantiation, our managers on the frontline independently rated the operators’ performance. We then tested the same operators with the HVP tool. The resulting alignment was remarkable. Then, months after fully implementing HVP, our managers inquired if we were doing something different because the talent being screened had improved … validation!
Having made countless hiring decisions over the decades, I can reflect with gratification on the obvious good choices. I must also acknowledge that I have made hiring mistakes. The HVP is a tool that has helped my teams make better hiring decisions. Having used many good hiring practices such as targeted selection, work simulation, and personality tests, I believe that the HVP reaches to the level of values, which is well beyond a personality profile or psychological makeup. Values are a leading indicator of personality and behavior.
A hiring decision easily lasts ten years and can add up to a million-dollar investment, so it behooves leaders to be precise when hiring. The Hartman Value Profile is a Best Practice that finds people who have good judgment and better fit an organization’s values, needs, and culture.
Importantly, HVP can target specific jobs knowing the attributes needed. Next week, we’ll give you an example of how to hire safe workers.
… And Pass It On!
Quote from Hartman Value Profile expert, Dr. Steve Byrum of Byrum and Associates: “Successful performance is a combination of skill set competency, good processes, good information and good judgment.”
To learn more about the details of Hartman Value Profile, contact Steve Byrum at firstname.lastname@example.org, an excellent source for applying the tool.
Finding, developing, and utilizing good talent is one of the most exciting and fulfilling responsibilities of a leader. On the flip side, wasting good talent is the worst leadership sin a manager can commit.
Excellent leaders select excellent talent, and then invest an inordinate amount of time developing, inspiring, and organizing them. Successful leaders don’t waste good talent. They coach their people to exploit and grow their unique talents and to perform at their maximum potential.
Our values, experiences, education, and passions develop over time to build an individual repertoire of talent, coming together to amass a level of competence to make quality judgments. Quality judgment is the key to the Rosetta Stone of a leader’s success, both for their personal decisions and their team’s decisions. It is gratifying to watch leaders bring together a team’s unique skills and passions with good judgment to deliver the right results.
To get the full effect, be sure to lean on the Human Resources team who must step up to their key in all of this…
Talent inside an organization is vast. A leader’s job to cultivate and exploit that talent to the maximum potential! That’s what leaders do. Anything less is a waste as well as a leadership sin. “Don’t Waste Good!”
… And Pass It On!
Quote from Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs of TV show NCIS, after affectionately slapping Tony DiNozzo on the back of the head: “You’re good DiNozzo! Don’t waste good!”