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How I Hire: Focus On Personality ~ Sir Richard Branson

How I Hire: Focus On Personality ~ Sir Richard Branson | Leadership and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it

There is nothing more important for a business than hiring the right team. If you get the perfect mix of people working for your company, you have a far greater chance of success."

 

Excerpted:

Personality is the key. It is not something that always comes out in interview – people can be shy.....It is easier with an extrovert, but be wary of people becoming overexcited in the pressure of interviews.

 

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Find people with transferable skills – you need team players who can pitch in and try their hand at all sorts of different jobs. 

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You can learn most jobs extremely quickly once you are thrown in the deep end. Within three months you can usually know the ins and outs of a role. If you are satisfied with the personality, then look at experience and expertise.

 

Find people with transferable skills – you need team players who can pitch in and try their hand at all sorts of different jobs. While specialists are sometimes necessary, versatility should not be underestimated.

 

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, September 24, 2013 10:08 AM

Yes!  Starting with personality, then transferable skills and fit into culture (read, the BIG team) makes such a difference, yet does not fit our hiring patterns that are often about fitting into a template of past skill categories.   

Sir Richard Branson's piece also highly resonantes with his LinkedIn audience based on the commentary.   He moves credentials MUCH further down on the list.

This is from a successful entrepreneur who knows failure.  He did not succeed in his first two businesses, selling Christmas Trees and parakeets (really.) From there he rose from work at a record shop, to Virgin Records in the 1970s to a large network of businesses including Virgin Galactic in 2012.
 

"A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts." ~ Richard Branson

~  Deb 


PS:  One of the comments, "Can I work for you?"  :-)

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, September 24, 2013 11:03 AM

Originally posted in Change  Leadership Watch, this post gives great pointers on what really matters when YOU decide where you best fit and can contribute.  ~  D

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Deeply fortifying: How to establish high quality connections

Deeply fortifying: How to establish high quality connections | Leadership and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it

Disrespectful behaviour and their effects...can be changed by establishing what Dr. Dutton calls “high quality connections ”or HQCs for short.
What a way to look at a tipping point for behavioral change, from abundance instead of from deficiency.

According to researcher Jane Dutton from the University of Michigan, disrespectful engagement depletes energy and thus motivation and commitment and may lead to burnout.

In the journal Stanford Social Innovation Review, she illustrates some cases of disrespectful behaviour and their effects, and then outlines how such behaviours can be changed by establishing what she calls “high quality connections”.

These pathways are (excerpted):Respectful engagement: being there ...and really listening. Task enabling: help another person being successful, ...find out what other person’s goals are. Building trust: making the first step that signals that you are ...trustworthy Playing: inviting the other person for a kind of game 


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, March 6, 2013 4:42 PM

The cut-e ScienceBlog has captured a helpful summary of Professor Jane Dutton's 4 minute video clip and her journal article on what high quality connections are, why they are worth striving for, and the pathways to building them.

Click on the title to access the video and to listen to Jane's talk and to see the references.  ~  Deb