When the weather's cold like this, I always think of my kids (ages 18 and 16). They’re both distance runners and they train hard no matter the weather...rain or shine, hot or cold.
And in New England, no matter what time of the year it is, the weather can be very unpredictable.
That means they will inevitably be running in the cold, rain or snow every once in a while to get their training in.
When they were a little younger, it was also inevitable that one or both of them would finish their run and complain about how bad the weather is.
And, I would respond: "There's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing." I had heard this quotation from someone in the running community long ago and it stuck with me.
The same applies to your staff development and recruitment.
You see, just like New England, the metaphorical weather you face in business life is unpredictable.
Some days you have a fully staffed, happy and productive team. And other days you find yourself up to your eyeballs in personnel and staffing issues. But, that's just part of life as a manager.
And, it's like I tell my kids: “There's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”
In other words, as long as you've prepared and dressed properly to protect yourself, you don't have to be miserable when those cold or rainy days come around.
And that preparation comes in the form of building an atmosphere of success to attract top performers, continuously cultivating talent, and establishing a strong partnership with a trusted recruiter in your field.
You happen to lose a great employee? No problem!
If you've mastered the art of talent attraction, you don't need to "get wet". You'll be able go out and find a new (and perhaps better) employee to replace the one you lost.
You see, mastering the art of talent attraction and is like wearing a waterproof jacket in the rain...it's not going to stop the bad weather, but it will prevent you from getting soaked!