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Hire People Who Can Handle Ambiguity

Posted by Bob Corlett on July 13, 2015

Some people really like having rules to follow. Others can handle a bit of ambiguity -- they’re willing to experiment, but it’s outside their comfort zone. Only a select few are truly comfortable embracing the unknown. Yet that third group is vital when you’re launching a start-up, or staffing a new initiative. You want the people who willingly throw themselves into the fire.

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How to make your employees more entrepreneurial

Posted by Bob Corlett on November 29, 2013

I'm often in meetings with top executives who are frustrated their people aren't more innovative. Often they want to hire people with "more entrepreneurial spark."

But maybe hiring is not the right solution. Sometimes what looks like a people problem is really a process problem. Before you hire, it's worth looking at your budget process, or how you structure the work.

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5 Steps To Build A More Innovative Organization

Posted by Mitch Corlett on November 20, 2013

Are you struggling to get your new initiatives off the ground? Do you wish your organization was more nimble and entrepreneurial? Do you yearn to build a team of people who don’t need a rule-book ... people who can handle ambiguity? Do you daydream about having a team of fearless innovators who bring you great ideas, and then leap into action to make their ideas a reality?

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How to Hire an Innovator and Change Agent

Posted by Bob Corlett on November 20, 2013

Every week I talk with organizations who are looking for a change agent--someone with creativity and drive, and a proven track record of kicking new initiatives into high gear.

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How To Interview An Innovator

Posted by Bob Corlett on February 19, 2013

Clients often engage us to help them find an innovator for a strategically significant project. They need people who have taken something entirely new and gotten it off the ground, which is all too rare.

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The Rise of the Misfit Toys

Posted by Bob Corlett on February 7, 2012

Many successful executives have an embarrassing problem that’s becoming more painful by the day. Their hiring instincts are failing. And HR is fiddling while Rome burns.

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Hiring People Who Can Handle Ambiguity

Posted by Bob Corlett on April 5, 2011

Some executives really like having rules to follow. Others can handle a bit of ambiguity. And a very few are truly comfortable embracing the unknown. I've written before about hiring people with a growth mindset---curious people who are willing to experiment---but embracing the unknown goes a bit further.

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Don't Believe Everything You Think

Posted by Bob Corlett on March 13, 2011

In turbulent times like these, it's critical to hire people who have a growth mindset.   But growth is not always so easy.  Before we can learn something new, we must often "unlearn" what we think we know.   That makes unlearning a business imperative.

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Hiring People Who Have a Growth Mindset

Posted by Bob Corlett on August 23, 2010

I'm cheered by a positive trend sweeping through our search work.  First, there is quite a bit more hiring going on - I always like that.   But more importantly, there is more thinking going on.  And I really like that.  Across the spectrum, we see more thought going into job definition.

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Why Do Change Agents Often Fail?

Posted by Bob Corlett on July 23, 2009

When new initiatives are unleashed, it's very tempting to want to bring in someone who will "shake things up" or be a catalyst for change. It's also very risky.  Studies show that up to 70% of change initiatives fail.

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