Which to HIRE? A falling star… or a rising STAR? When Corporate is looking for a new CEO, there is often conflict between hiring an executive with “no-fail” experiences, versus hiring one with one or two blunders. There are some …who feel hiring someone with a “failed experience” would be in-valuable in terms of not failing again. They are thinking in terms of ‘they won’t make that MISTAKE again.’ Or, he is a stronger, wiser, better leader, for having experienced some degree(s) of FAILURE. I understand that philosophy, but don’t necessarily take to it kindly. Why?
Realize here… we’re not playing golf… no handicaps permitted. Mistakes? Well for starters… When hiring a new CEO make sure you know how many times they’ve been married. Practice doesn’t necessarily make perfect. (WOW! Who said that?)
Some companies are attracted to failed executives, i.e. Hewett-Packard. I know failure is part of the learning experience. I know, again… Edison FAILED 10,000 times before successfully re-inventing the light bulb. The famous story goes this way: Edison failed to refine the light bulb (one of the few creations he merely refined but did not invent) so many times… taking him 10,000 attempts to bring it to perfection. He is quoted as saying …”I have not failed. I have just discovered 9,999 ways that do not work… on the way to one way that did.”
Here’s my point: For me, I’s rather give first consideration to the executive who has …no-outs. I would hire the best I could find, pay him the most I could afford, and hire one who has not experienced FAILURE. I’d rather opt to let failure be learned on someone else’s clock.
I know there’ s no such thing as someone being error free… or sin-free. Jesus was the first perfect human, and the last. For an example: Would a church rather hire a new minister who has a near perfect tract record, or one who took “early retirement” from his last three churches? Does one cost 1/3 less than the other? When applying that same theory to industry does it pay to hire a known failure? For Government: If the military were to want a General with heavy combat/field experience wouldn’t they seek the General who had “lost no battles” … vs the one who lost “just a few?”
Sure, everyone is going to FAIL sometime in their life. After all… we’re not a failure-free society. I would just rather hire a guy closer to the stronger-end of the rope than …the weaker end.
I doubt that any one reading this can remember ever seeing this verse in the Bible… but, here it is made clear to us in Proverbs 26:10 – Like an archer who wounds everyone, So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.