I dreamt about this staff recruitment.
Maybe I was influenced by the controversy over the newly-appointed councillor for the Rome Budget (according to the detractors he wouldn’t have the right CV, not being an accountant or a university professor, but a “simple” graduate, albeit with a Ph.D.), but it was a really strange dream.
An official from an imaginary city is assigned the task of selecting candidates for the role of Councillor for Technological Development (which I think does not exist, otherwise what dream would it be?).
The first CV…
…is from a bespectacled gentleman, aka Bill Gates. He built a technology company that made him the richest man in the world.
But because he didn’t graduate, he was rejected.
Other CV, Steve Jobs.
In the last 20 years his inventions have changed the world.
But he’s not a graduate. Rejected.
Other CV, Mark Zuckerberg.
He’s the one who made social media the most pervasive phenomenon of the last 10 years.
But he’s not a graduate either. Rejected.
Other CV, Mario Rossi.
He is the project manager in a company, he coordinates a team of 4 technicians.
He graduated with 110 cum laude.
Guess who ended up as a councillor when I woke up at 7 in the morning?
Yes, that’s him, Mario Rossi. In my dream he became the new Councillor for Technological Development.
What do I mean by that? (without bringing Freud into play)
That titles are needed in some professions, for God’s sake. But in business it’s more about skills than titles. Results in the field count more than marks on the university record booklet.
Knowledge also counts in business, of course.
But it must be applicable, and it must turn into knowing how to DO things. And it must be a knowledge that is always new, in continuous evolution, and that is constantly put into practice.
What’s the perfect synthesis for this concept?
You can find it in the letter of the Wall Street Journal that became famous as the story of the “two young men”.
Read it because it is worth it.
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