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How to Hire for the Meaning and Self-Engagement that Make Us Resilient in Pandemics and at Work

Season 4, Ep. 72

In the first of this series on using Covid to advance business thinking and doing, High Performance Story founder Cameron Powell draws on his own experience with adversity, and the importance of meaning, to explain why the way companies search for talent actively filters out talent, as well as diversity and innovation - and why adversity is a good teacher for unpredictable times. “You can’t find the growth mindset of innovators,” he says, “from the fixed mindset of today’s hiring.”

 

In this provocative, contrarian, and wide-ranging conversation, you’ll learn:

  • Why the capacity to manage scary uncertainty - evident in the courageous non-conformity of artists, deep readers, meditators, and entrepreneurs - is absolutely critical to creativity and innovation
  • Why we should focus on underlying strengths - strategy, empathy, problem-solving - instead of taking lazy shortcuts of asking for specific credentials
  • Why the self-employed are masters at the self-engagement and autonomous work that’s crucial to working remotely
  • Why using applicant tracking systems to scan resumes can be “the biggest con” in talent, offering us the illusion we’ve discerned things worth discerning
  • Why “prior experience” ignores learning in, passion for, or even success in an experience - but actively filters out diversity of thought and innovation
  • Why HR needs more of just about every background but MBAs and people with HR credentials
  • Why cover letters should ask candidates to focus on how they get into the Flow state


Cameron is a founding member of Humancentric Labs, a consultancy specializing in freeing up human potential for maximum worker engagement and productivity. Cameron has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Cameron recently published Ordinary Magic: Promises I Made My Mother Through Life, Illness, and a Very Long Walk.


Intro music is a track called Alignment by Mark Romero Music

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