People Boxes

Hiring in corporate America works like this.

You design a box.
Then you design a people box.
Call it a job description.
And then you hire a person to put into the box.


The problem is that most people don't fit in boxes.


We do this with our personal lives as well.

We create an ideal image of what it is we’re looking for, a box.

And then we go find someone to put in that box.


But once again you can't put people in boxes.


Call them boxes.
Call them cages.
Call them whatever you want.
There's something wrong.


So a little thinking outside the box here. - pun intended.

There is perhaps another way to think about hiring people.

1 - Find people with behaviors that complement you.
2 - Find people that make you better.
3 - Find people that can solve problems.


Putting people in boxes doesn't really work.

At best you'll get a box half empty.

Are your boxes half full or half empty?

Does it matter?

Maybe it's time to get rid of the boxes all together.