Post by David Mead
Recently, I was challenged on the idea of only hiring those who believe what we believe. The argument came from a place of genuine concern. The person who raised the concern was part of an environment where most of those who were hired were friends of those doing the hiring. They had gone to school together, enjoyed the same sports, rooted for the same teams. It was a classic 'Good ol' boy' hiring system.
It's not about hiring people who are just like us or who share our same personal interests. The goal is to hire those who are driven by the same selfless cause or purpose that drives our organizations forward - the Why.
There's nothing wrong with sharing similarities. However surrounding ourselves with those who believe what we believe transcends personal interests. It's about the world we imagine and the contribution we make to that world that can't be realized unless we're all working toward it together.