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Hiring hack: How to better evaluate your candidates | Simon Sinek

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"True leaders understand that their responsibility is to take care of their people, just like a parent: to see them gain skills, to put them in situations where they get to discover more than they though they were capable of."

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Misunderstanding leadership

Leaderships is one of the most misunderstood responsibilities in business.

Many people confuse leadership with rank or authority.

True leadership

True leadership doesn't happen when we're in charge; it happens when we take care of those in our charge.

The hiring process

When we hire, we tend to hire by someone's resume and skill and their past results. And we hire also by how good their are at interviewing.

Getting to know your candidates

You can go through the traditional way of hiring: "Show us your resume", "Tell us your biggest weakness" etc.

But it is better to treat the hiring process like a marriage: get to know your candidates, go out for lunch with them, figure our if you want to hang out with them and see if they fit into your already created company culture.

Rushing into hiring

Most companies hire too quickly.

And if you do that, make sure that everybody has at least a six-month trial, for you to test them out and for them to test you out. This way, you can know them in real time, when you're doing actual work.

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So, as cliche as it sounds, people who read, succeed.

Psychological tricks to start reading
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Implementation intention for reading

The biggest problem with reading is the starting point, actually starting to read - we buy tons on books for "later" and we never read them.

By physically scheduling a time and place for starting to read, you're setting an appoint to do so. And we tend to respect our appointments.

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A very rational approach to life

Today's world has comfortably dispensed with most myth and superstition for the last few hundred years.

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The need for meaning

Our need for meaning around the concept of death is still very present.

So it's no wonder that psychics and spiritual mediums have come in with a their version of meaning: even if they don't really offer useful, they give this impression anyway.

Why we resort to magic

Psychics and mediums have become very popular because we are desperate for some sort of narrative that gives us a sense of something bigger.

We know they sometimes are theatrical, but they tap into our need for that feeling of wonder, of transcendence.

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First Principles
A first principle is the fundamental building block of an idea, the most indivisible part that we know to be true and that we can use to build more complex thought...
First Principles: Not A New Idea

Thinking from first principles is not a new idea. It's actually the single most consistent factor among great thinkers.

For example, Aristotle believed that you could not possess true knowledge without first understanding the first principles. He thought that everything could be divided into categories and sub-categories (the smallest of them being the equivalent for first principles).

Reason And Experience

An empiricist is a person that believed all true knowledge is based and obtained through experience.

The process of seeking knowledge through experience and making use of reason to give it structure it how we can find the first principles of a subject.

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