A True Story of How One Manager Hired the Right Person and Brought the Team to a Whole New Level

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Some of you may already know, I launched my book recently on 23rd January 2016.

Before my book was officially launched, I gave a copy to someone I knew. This person works in a financial institution here in Singapore and she leads a small team of people.

For years, she had been struggling to get the team to perform at a higher level and for years, she had to take on more responsibilities herself because the rest on the team simply just could not step-up to the plate.

I have often told her that she had all the wrong people on her team – those who are so entrenched in their old ways of doing work, those who are not capable of learning, and those who are not able to see beyond the scope of what they do everyday.

It so happen that she needed to hire for a new position on her team. Before she started interviewing candidates for the position, she read my book.

After a month of interviewing and meeting more than a handful of candidates, she decided to offer the job to one particular candidate.

Fast forward 2 months…

It’s been almost one month now since this new employee started work. And she couldn’t be more happy with this new hire. She has told me that this new employee is the employee she has always wanted on her team – great attitude, great aptitude and great personality. And this new employee has been performing well beyond expectations. He does not need to be told explicitly what to do and and he doesn’t need much hand-holding if at all. He takes his own initiative in getting things done and he handles challenging situations very well.

I’ve never seen her so happy and brimming with joy every time she talks about this new employee. In fact, she has said that she needs to find more people like this new employee for her team.

Just imagine what her team would be like – in terms of performance, collaboration and camaraderie – if all her team members were like this new employee?

I’m happy to say that she is now a believer of The Agility-Focused Interviewing Approach™.

What about you?

Are you experiencing similar challenges and difficulties as this manager?

Do you have too much dead-weight in your team?

Are you having difficulty in getting your team members to take on more responsibility and perform at a higher level?

If your answer is YES to any of the questions above, then perhaps it’s time for you to seriously consider The Agility-Focused Interviewing Approach™ to enable you select the right people every time and raise your team’s performance to a whole new level.

Grab a copy of the book here and take the performance of your team to a whole new level today!

*EBook is now available on Amazon Kindle and KOBO.


About the Author


STEVEN LOCK is a Speaker, Trainer, Author and a Leadership Coach. Steven brings with him two decades of corporate experience.

Steven is passionate about helping organisations transform their teams into high performing teams. He does that by first helping organisations identify and hire the right people, and then training their leaders and managers on how to manage and lead their people to achieve peak performance consistently.

He is the developer of The CAAP® High Performance Model. This model focuses on Culture (cultural fit), Attitude, Aptitude and Personality dimensions of their employees and job candidates. It is a highly practical, effective and proven approach. Steven believes that for organizations to be truly successful and perform at their highest levels, they need to shift their mind-sets to having the RIGHT people on-board – and not necessarily the best or the brightest.

Steven is the Author of two books:

• “Hiring for Performance: The CAAP® Model to Hiring and Building High-Performance Teams.”
• “The Right Talent: The Agility-Focused Interviewing Approach™ to Hiring the Right Candidate Every Time.”

He is also the developer of The Leadership STYLE Report™ that is based on Dr. Daniel Goleman’s research on leadership styles.

Steven has been featured on MediaCorp’s live radio show The Breakfast Club on 938FM, and has contributed numerous articles to Singapore Business Review, ST Recruit, SHRI Human Capital and other publications. His comments on Team Collaboration was quoted in the Spring 2014 Edition of the Harvard Business Review OnPoint Magazine.

Steven holds a Master of Business (Information Technology) from Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia. He is a certified DISC & MBTI® (Step I & II) practitioner.

Recently Steven was invited as a guest speaker to share about his CAAP(R) High Performance Model with over 600 delegates at the Vietnam HR Summit 2016 in Ho Chi Minh City.


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February 11, 2016

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