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The results of a new survey of 500 business leaders drives the home the importance of personality, which makes perfect sense, since it is “personality traits” that underlay “cultural fit.”
78% cited “personality” as the most desirable quality in employees, followed in importance by “cultural alignment,” and then finally “skill-set.”
“Skill-set” as a distant number three makes perfect sense considering the speed of change, especially when technology is involved.
Skills can be learned.
For a prime example, consider Declara CEO Ramona Pierson.
In 1984, at age 22, Pierson was hit by a drunk driver. The car tore her body apart, slicing open her throat, gouging her chest, leaving her heart and lungs fully exposed.
Pierson was in a coma for 18 months. She was totally blind for 11 years, though she has regained partial sight in her left eye thanks to a corneal transplant. It was the process of having to learn just about everything from scratch (including how to breath and walk) that made her realize how important it was to be a lifelong learner.
Which shaped her approach to hiring.
“We don’t hire people for a job. We look for very smart people and look for roles that let them continue along their path.”
KG Charles-Harris has a similar attitude and since I’m helping him with staffing I thought I’d share his Hiring Manifesto with you today.
It’s one I hope more managers/companies adopt.
EMANIO HIRING MANIFESTO
EMANIO has used AI technologies (natural language processing & machine learning) to create the technology that enables natural language querying and analytics of structured and semi-structured data sources. We believe this will change the analytics and enterprise software markets.
We are seeking programmers to join our team who are willing to work for options until we are funded. We expect funding to be in the coming 3-4 months.
Our compensation plan is completely transparent and we are happy to share it once we establish mutual interest.
WHAT WE WANT
Most companies, especially startups, look for “stars” with extensive experience in specific skills sets.
EMANIO has a different approach.
We seek people willing to work hard, constantly learn new stuff and who are diligent and dependable. People who perform at their peak because they care and constantly strive to improve. Our current team is truly world class and we plan on maintaining that standard as we grow.
We are a company of experience; our current team members are all over 40 with extensive and varied backgrounds. While their knowledge is deep they love learning; they know multiple languages and operating systems, are familiar with many others and have learned new ones as needed for our product.
WHAT WE NEED IMMEDIATELY
- Ruby or related knowledge
- Ruby on Rails
- willingness to learn them coupled with a viable technical base on which to build.
WE DO CARE ABOUT
- Your attitude and
- fit with EMANIO’s culture.
WE DO NOT CARE
- If your experience comes from a formal background, working/OJT experience, self-taught at home or different tech background, but strong desire to learn and branch out;
- where you live (current team includes Seattle); or
- what you are.
One or another of our current team has faced and overcome every prejudice that is/was active in the workplace.
First and foremost, we care about getting the work done, so by hiring your mind and attitude as opposed to your body and proximity we have the luxury of finding talent that many companies miss. For example,
- wounded warriors and others with disabilities;
- minorities, including extraterrestrials;
- mothers re-entering the work force;
- “old” people;
- people with no interest in relocating to Berkeley.
In spite of the current prefunded status I honestly believe that EMANIO offers a unique and real opportunity or I wouldn’t post it here.
Yes, along with the right attitude you need to be willing to take the risk—but everything is a risk these days. And you owe it to yourself to take the time to evaluate this one.
I also hope you will share this post with your friends and network wherever they may be.
Please write [email protected] or call me at 360.335.8054 for more information to discuss the opportunities.
Flickr image credit: Tim Green