It’s one thing to hire people with exceptional skills; it’s another to bring in employees who make you enjoy coming to work every day. We at White House Marketing recognize the inherent difficulty in finding peo-ple who satisfy both of these conditions. Thankfully, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner has shared the attributes he looks for when hiring ideal employees. We’d like to share his thoughts here.
Weiner begins by finding people with the ability to dream big. He seeks individuals who can think on a massive scale without limits, because he believes that kind of vision is very inspiring to the rest of a team. In fact, Weiner believes that this type of unbridled ambition can influence the trajectory of an entire organ-ization, and we at White House Marketing agree wholeheartedly.
The next logical qualification is the ability to actually get things done. As Weiner sees it, a person has to know how to break visionary goals down into small parts in order to achieve them. He or she must also be able to overcome objections and fight through obstacles, because transformative ideas tend to come up against some resistance. In short, Weiner looks for people who can get the job done, no matter what.
What makes Weiner’s ideal employee stand out even more is the fact that he or she can have visionary ideas, persist to achieve them, and actually have fun in the process. That’s what really separates his per-fect team members from everyone else – they truly enjoy their work despite how stressful and demanding it might be.
Our team at White House Marketing hopes you can find people with the rare set of attributes that Jeff Weiner suggests.