We could argue about the Golden Rule, and it might be fun to do so. Is it best phrased, “Do until others as you would have them do unto you?” Or, are there more accurate, stronger, better ways to express the rule?
We could argue about other rules of possibly greater importance. It would be fun…but…unnecessary, and here’s why. Loving others, and doing right by them is the single most universal mandate in all of human society and history. That we each enjoy one form or another of self-love is clear, and thus, the extension of that self-love into care for others is the pure intent of the rule. We all know and understand it. It is easy, well, easy to comprehend.
Now, here’s the question: Does it apply to business? More important, does it apply to recruiting?
Now, here’s my bold attack. Most of us business people, and recruiters, have not given it our oath. Doctors have their Hippocratic Oath, and if you’ve never read it, do check it out, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocratic_Oath
It might also be fun to write up a Recruiter’s Oath and maybe we will. But, let me ask again, have you made your oath to accept and live by the Golden Rule in everything you do as a recruiter?
Do ponder this. Everything. Every single call. Every e-mail, or social encounter. Every client relationship and every candidate relationship. In each and every single human encounter you complete as part of your daily work, do you accept the dictates of the Golden Rule over all you do?
If you’ve never thought about it, hear my counsel, it will take you some time to process. In fact, my bet is that the application of the Golden Rule to everything you do as a recruiter will be the single most revolutionary commitment you ever make, if you haven’t made it yet.
If you have, you have my respect and recognition, and I’d sure love to hear from you here. You’ll find that many are quite genuinely skeptical, if they speak their hearts. In my experience, most recruiters simply don’t think of their work in that way. So, those of you who have made the commitment, please, do share what it means to you and how it works.
If you are ready to make the commitment, find a version of the Golden Rule that you like – a Google Search will turn up more stuff than you could ever study – and begin today. Begin this morning, in the very first call you make. Make that call the best possible value to the other person, and make it exactly the call you would wish to get, if you were on the other end of the phone.