Monday, October 13, 2008

Not the Best

No, we don't hire the best here. We routinely select and promote people if they fall into one of these categories:
  • They won't make us look dumb.
  • They are nice.
  • They will get along with their co-workers.
  • They won't try to change us.
  • They have some unusual skill or credential that will give us some luster.
  • They sound smart.
  • They look the part.
  • Their selection will please someone in upper management.
  • They will satisfy some hiring goal.
  • They will make us feel good about ourselves.
  • They will only give safe opinions.
  • They are readily available and we are pressed for time.
  • They won't cost much.
  • Their performance will be okay and okay is all we need.
  • They won't leave us for another employer.
  • They are not brilliant but are reliably above average.
  • They bring valuable contacts.
  • They work hard.
  • They remind us of ourselves.

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