Treat Everyone as an Expert. They Might Be.
Lou Adler’s LinkedIn blog recently talked about preventing hiring mistakes. He leads us through the reasons hiring managers often “count out” candidates. And this piece of advice stood out:
Treat people you don’t like as consultants. Sometimes candidates are nervous, sometimes they’re different in appearance or personality, and sometimes they talk with accents you don’t like. And sometimes, these are great people. To find the truth, assume they’re great, and treat them as expert consultants. After 30 minutes you might discover they are.
But Adler’s advice can be applied far beyond job interviews. Think about it. How many times have you met someone and immediately judged them? Have you met someone, heard one sentence out of their mouth and thought, “Idiot.” Sure you have. How would your life and your relationships change, though, if you treated everyone you met as an expert? Because, really, everyone’s an expert at something, right?
So the next time you meet someone – whether you’re interviewing them or just saying hello, ask yourself, “What might be this person’s expertise?” Find it, and you’ll be creating a relationship with someone you may have never known…or valued.