Qualifications

Saturday, June 10, 2017

This appeared on a Gary North forum:

“Bad ethics pollutes everything a person has of real value. It doesn’t matter what your skills are. It also doesn’t matter what your opportunities are. If you are morally corrupt, you will foul your own nest.”

This reminds me of the hiring recommendations of Dee Hock, founder and former CEO of VISA:

“Hire and promote first on the basis of integrity; second, motivation; third, capacity; fourth, understanding; fifth, knowledge; and last and least, experience. Without integrity, motivation is dangerous; without motivation, capacity is impotent; without capacity, understanding is limited; without understanding, knowledge is meaningless; without knowledge, experience is blind. Experience is easy to provide and quickly put to good use by people with all the other qualities.”

It probably goes without saying that most large organizations stand this list on its head. Experience first.

For the rest of Dee Hock’s management/leadership principles, open this link.

To that last comment about standing this list on its head, relying on experience, skills, and education background are the safe features that hiring managers can point to if they ever have to defend hiring a particular candidate.  “He graduated from Harvard” they might say.  “He’s got all the certification we’re looking for,” they’ll say.  So it’s up front.  Things like character is an intangible at the hiring stage unless your ethics and moral conduct is celebrated, say, in reference letters.