Friday, May 27, 2011

Would You Hire Someone Without a College Degree?

Absolutely. College degree’s are NOT the most important factor at all for performance success. In fact, we helped a client with a redeployment and boot camp initiative where individuals who passed the assessment screening were sent to boot camp to be trained as IS professionals. Most did not have college degrees and were stuck or dead ended in their careers due to socioeconomic backgrounds.

All candidates who were screened in via the assessments passed the boot camp training and become successful professionals. In fact, the instructor said “a number of the assessed participants were at a better skill level and showed more potential and promise than many of the IS college grads he has worked with.” The bootcamp was taught by Stonebridge Technologies at the Texas Instruments facilities.

When people are placed in jobs that they are well suited to perform because of a good fit with personality characteristics and motivational needs, they perform best. When jobs are a poor match for one’s personality and motivational disposition, these roles tend to be highly stressful, disappointing, and performance success suffers regardless of the “degree” or educational background. To learn more about of this redeployment, boot camp training process and for insights on how to “grow your own” please see the full article titled: “Out of OZ – Finding Hidden Talent” at

The above was my response on linked in to the question about hiring someone without a degree.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Leadership Derailment

Do you agree that tolerance for inappropriate leader behaviors is a problem in most organizations today? We have found that some of the most “extreme” cases of leadership ineptitude are put up with year in year out. What has been your experience?

For an article on dealing with needed interventions when a leader is derailing, go to: and click on “Mixing Magic & Coaching - Leadership Derailment Intervention”

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

An Intriguing & Bold Case Study:

External Candidate for VP of HR position Screens “Hiring CEO” with Assessments

According to SIOP*, only about 13% of organizations reap the benefits of using scientifically valid personality and motivational assessment tools as an integral part of their selection screening process. However, one of our clients recently turned the normal assessment and screening process on its head.

To read this bold story, go to: