Level 5 leaders channel their ego needs away from themselves and into the larger goal of building a great company. It's not that Level 5 leaders have no ego or self-interest. Indeed, they are incredibly ambitious -- but their ambition is first and foremost for the institution, not themselves.

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Jul 21, 2005

Got Me Thinking...Microsoft's Interviewing Practices

I just wanted to give you a heads-up that I'm pregnant with a new post.  I'll briefly describe the idea here until it's ready for a full blog post...

ASP.NET bloggers have been arguing recently about Microsoft's interviewing practices.  In particular, they are wondering whether it is good that Microsoft asks preposterous questions simply to observe how an interviewee approaches problem solving.

TwentySomethingMom has been watching her 6 year old son read adult-level hint books while playing the Legend Of Zelda video game for hours upon hours.

(Correction:  He's 7 years old...)

And we can't forget our Level 5 rule to leadership:  Get the right people on the bus, decide where they should sit, and then decide which direction the bus is headed.

There are correlations here that should help identify what characteristics define "the right person".  I have a feeling that we'll discover that TwentySomethingMom's son B will be the right kind of person for any bus.

See you soon!

posted at 02:24 PM by Chris Chew in Education, Leadership, Technology | Comments (0)

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