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Inexperience is an asset August 22, 2006

Posted by Amanda in Business Tails.
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When “Tag-surfing” a new a feature of WordPress, I ran across Mike Foroobar’s Weblog and he had some interesting thoughts.

In hiring an employee or contractor, experience is almost always at the top of the list. But it’s this type of thinking that breeds insularity. Experience is a great thing, don’t get me wrong, but your payroll should be healthily balanced between inexperienced, outside-the-box thinkers and those who know the in’s and out’s of the industry. The key is hiring people who are looking to learn, who aren’t afraid to take risks, and who, most importantly, hold themselves accountable for their failures as well as successes. Like everything else, even failure, in moderation, is a good thing.

It is too easy for people to get stuck in a rut of just saying, “Well, that’s not how we did it last time.” and we all need the little reminders to shake it up. Innovation can be brought by a different approach to an old problem. And just because you have a solution does not mean it is the best, or most effective one.

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