Don’t Hire Smart People. Hire Smart Learners |

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Warren Buffet once said “In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first one, the other two will kill you.” Clearly integrity is the first requirement when hiring, but right behind it, is intelligence. Unfortunately, intelligence comes with its own baggage.

Intelligence is essential when hiring into a fast growing company. Intelligence enables quick problem solving and brilliant, innovative ideas. Intelligence allows people to work autonomously when they need to cut through to the solution at a faster pace while still arriving at a great result. Smarter employees take less time to train and less time to positively impact your business.

However, smart people can also have a hard time learning. Chris Argyris‘ 1991 article in the Harvard Business Review, “Teaching Smart People How to Learn” outlines the basic dilemma and ways to think about solving it (It’s a must-read in my opinion). The dilemma is, the smartest people in the organization who are often assumed to be the best at learning, may actually not be very good at it. Read more…



6 Ways to Learn About a Company’s Culture – US News

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6 Ways to Learn About a Company’s Culture

How to tell if a prospective employer is a fit for you.

When you’re in the office of a prospective employer, look around at current employees. Do they seem enthusiastic and collaborative?

By June 3, 2015 | 10:51 a.m. EDT + More

You want to do work you enjoy alongside people you like. Your happiness and success depend on both. In short, you want to find a place to work where you feel you belong.

It comes down to finding a company with the right culture for you. Company culture is a hot topic among companies and individuals, but it can be difficult to define.

So what is company culture?

The best way to describe it is to talk about the “artifacts of culture,” or the examples of culture, says Josh Bersin, founder and principal at Bersin by Deloitte, a provider of research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. Culture can be represented by the company’s facilities, charismatic executives annual events or awards received.

And as difficult as it is for a company to define its culture, it’s even more challenging for a candidate to learn about it. Bersin says the best way to discover the authentic company culture is to observe it:  Read more…