The best leaders hire talent not experience.

When hiring make the distinction between traits and states.

  • Traits are fixed and are what define a person
  • States are changeable

Detail oriented and introvert are traits where as knowledge and skills are states. People can improve their knowledge and skills but not their traits.

Talent is a pattern of specific traits that a person has. So focusing on the person’s traits and identifying the talents your team needs is key to hiring. You want the best talent for your team.

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Episode #305: Marcus Buckingham & Ashley Goodall – A Leader’s Guide To The Real World (Break All The Rules)