Secret of my success? Hire people smarter than me. Oleg Vishnepolsky
Oleg raises some valuable points in his post. I liked his challenge to those hiring to look for people who ask questions you don’t know the answer to.
Then Oleg’s next statement: “Hire people who raise questions you do not even know you need to raise.”
Those points hold power and risk.
Powerful: They give some great advice if you are seeking employment or a better job: how can you become the one who asks those kinds of questions?
What are you reading these days? If your budget is hurting, you can still invest in yourself! The more you read the right books, the more your thoughts will expand, and the better questions you’ll be able to ask.
I know, I know. You’re thinking that a book won’t pay your mortgage bill, will it? It won’t put food on your table, or keep your lights on.
Maybe not directly in the way you’re thinking right now. But I’ve seen the power of reading in my own life. My recent Spring/Summer reading focus helped me transition into an amazing job where I am employed currently. I totally love what I’m doing now, and I know a big part of that move came from what I was reading.
Specifically, I was able to find courage to move. Belief that I could. And deeper insight into the kind of work I needed to be doing.
All from a few books.
Risky: Asking great questions, especially ones that leaders don’t know the answers to, or ones that they didn’t even know they needed to be asking, can backfire. If you’re in the wrong work culture, you could very easily find yourself blocked by an insecure leader. Your questions could be seen as a threat…and if that’s the case, you likely don’t want to be there anyway.