Hire for Character

What executives so often get wrong about talent acquisition.

Many years ago the CEO of an American Fortune 50 company told me that for the first twenty years of his career, he optimized for skill set in his senior hires. Eventually he realized that, when he had to fire someone, it was almost always because of poor behavior, compromised ethics, or toxic effects on culture. So he flipped the equation. The day he began hiring for character first, his own career began to flourish.

This is advice we pass on to every client we work with. Knowledge can be acquired. Skills can be learned. Character can’t.

So hire for character.

Personal character is not always easy to discern, but there are steps you can take. Watch this space soon for reflections on what we’ve learned for discerning character in job candidates.

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