Hire for Character - Train for Skill

CHICAGO - How would you describe your best employees? What about them makes them valuable to your company? How would you go about hiring more of them? If you mentioned character or integrity when describing your best people, you are in good company. Here is Warren Buffet's hiring strategy: “In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. But if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.” Without character (integrity), intelligence and energy don’t matter. It’s easier to train a person of good character to do a job well than to develop character in a skilled but unprincipled, undisciplined employee. If you have to choose, hire for ch

Make Board Engagement Your #1 Big Idea

No one can do it alone. I’ve tried, and it doesn’t work. Advice from others has shaped my most important milestones – from the early days of my father teaching me to tie my shoes to the graduate professor enlightening me on the finer points of andragogy right down to my current business advisers suggesting I focus on stage two companies. In the instances where I’ve folded my arms and said, “I don’t need anybody,” I have almost always fallen short. The fact is: We need others to succeed. This is particularly true in business. As the founder and managing director of Certified Impact, LLC, a Chicago-based training and development agency, I serve on a number of advisory and nonprofit boards, off





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