Hiring may be a science at some organizations, but The Change Companies® has a different strategy. We hire by hunch.
I met Bruce Holwerda, a talented painter, at an art fair. I liked his work and purchased an original. We chatted and he shared that he would soon have a son graduating from Michigan State University. Bruce, the dad, thought Adam, the son, may be looking for a job. At least, he hoped so.
Weeks later, back in Carson City, I’m on the phone with Adam. He tells me he is a writer and a stand-up comic, and it’s quickly obvious he knows a lot more about the digital world than I do. Adam also thinks the MSU Spartans have a great basketball coach in Tom Izzo. I’m fond of the Wisconsin coach, Bo Ryan, so I ask Adam to send me a brief email discussing who is the better coach and why.
Adam knows basketball and smart business politics. He writes nice things about Bo Ryan but provides a persuasive case for Tom Izzo as the superior coach. Adam’s probably right. I hire him.
Almost four years later, he is doing great things for The Change Companies®, taking us to new digital heights we could not have reached without him. He’s an original, creative talent.
When I think of other successful hires at The Change Companies®, I realize many have an Adam-like augury to them. I’ve also hired the Harvard Business School way, utilizing a thorough series of aptitude and personality tests in conjunction with rigorous interviewing. Often, those results have been less than desirable and, sometimes, downright disastrous.
I’m all in favor of making personal and professional decisions based on solid due diligence. But, once in a while, following a hunch can lead to beautiful results.
About the author
Since founding The Change Companies® in 1988, Don has worked with approximately 150 agencies and corporations, tailoring Interactive Journals to serve those working and participating in the caring professions. His collaborative efforts in substance use, justice services, impaired driving, healthcare and education have consistently focused on helping individuals explore the process of positive personal change.
Earlier in his career, Don worked in many industries, including hotel management, publishing, higher education administration and healthcare business development. Along the way, he created numerous companies, experiencing both successes and failures. Many of these life lessons and joyous observations found their way into Don’s recent book, The Adventures of Binder-Man.
Don is most proud and appreciative of the outstanding employees who have shaped The Change Companies® for over two decades.
Word of the Week
The Latin word augurium refers to the act of divination, from which today’s noun draws its root. Some historians link this word in part to the Latin root avis, for “bird.” This is because an augur used to be an actual profession in ancient Rome, reserved for those who could foresee the future. And these augurs had a very special way of interpreting omens: they studied the flight patterns, direction and grouping of birds.