Monthly Archives: December 2010

Special Christmas Wishes

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"God Bless Us, everyone"

I’d like to send special Christmas wishes to all my blogging friends, colleagues, and readers.  I’ve enjoyed sharing thoughts and perspectives these past several months, and I look forward to exploring many new ideas in the coming year.  Realizing that we celebrate and observe a wide range of religious and cultural traditions nationally and globally, I wish everyone a season of rest, reflection, and renewal, and sharing the most important things with those closest to us.  As Charles Dickens‘ Tiny Tim rightly observed … “God bless us, everyone.”

For those that celebrate the religious meaning of Christmas, I offer special wishes for Blessings and prayers this holy season.  May we always recall Charlie Brown’s wise young friend Linus’ beautiful monologue on the meaning of Christmas (click here).

A Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Michael

What Can the Harry Potter Movies Teach Us About Recruiting?

The recent release of the next-to-last movie in the Harry Potter saga (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I) led me to pondering the classic HR/management question of hiring for “characteristics” vs. hiring for skill/experience.

Three previously inexperienced young stars have carried the Harry Potter movie franchise for a decade

While this might seem an odd linkage, here is my question: If you were responsible for casting (“hiring”) three children on whose shoulders would rest the fate of a potential multi-billion dollar franchise, what would you do — hire based on experience, or hire based on who seemed to have “it” (i.e., “characteristics,” in HR-speak)?

What Kind of Experience (or Resume) Should a 10-year old Have?

How can you determine if actor (candidate) you’re casting (hiring) has it in him/her to grow with the needs of the film series (organization) as it evolves over the next ten years, such as was the task of the Harry Potter producers in casting the three young leads?  Continue reading