I ran across this “How I hire” article from Jack Welch today. It talks about some of the qualities that you look for in a game changer. Most of the attributes mentioned are not controversial. But, Jack writes about what he calls the “Generosity Gene.”
This is interesting to me because it makes assumptions about the organizational culture that these people will be working in. People like this can thrive in companies that want to foster collaboration, raise the bar for all – but provide a safety net for teammates as well. These are environments where mistakes are welcome as long as they are not repeated (“you’re not trying hard enough if you never make a mistake”), and where winning the right way beats winning at any cost.
So, what do you think makes a good hire? Does that criteria change if you are a business owner versus a manager?