We have an opening for a visual and graphic designer on the William & Mary Creative Services team. As we recruit to fill the position I’ve been thinking a lot about what matters when I make a hiring decision. There is an excitement around bringing on a new person because we are looking for an individual with skills, experiences and talents we don’t have. As a team, we always want someone who is better than we are. Someone who can challenge us to work and think and create differently. A few days ago, when drafting a blog post about the book Ogilvy on Advertising, I was reminded about this dead-on piece of advice for building a great organization. Here, David Ogilvy writes about the importance of leadership in running an advertising firm but I think it applies to any organization.
When you are appointed to head an office in the Ogilvy & Mather chain, I send you one of these Russian dolls. Inside the smallest you will find this message: ‘If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs, but if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, Ogilvy & Mather will become a company of giants.’
All this talk about organizational development reminds me that I haven’t read the book Good to Great. Ordering it now.