Hire Folks with a Sense of Humor

House, Auction, Public Sale, Buying

Why should you hire somebody with a sense of humor?

Well, allow me to tell you a story.

Lately, I was interviewing a gentleman who had made some outlandish claims on his resume. His last job was working in an Auction House and he claimed he had been able to increase the provider’s revenue by over 5000% in one-year. This seemed somewhat questionable, so I challenged him on this notation on his resume. He acted appalled that I did not believe the 5000% gains in revenue figure.

“It was 5000% and might even have been higher!”

At this time I had to hear his secret. He said;

“It was simple, during each auctioning session, he would sneak up in the rafters and sprinkle’itching powder’ very lightly on the crowd below. Those bidding could not help themselves and maintained itching their hair, head and shoulders. – and each time they did that bumped up the price because those were seen as gestures to bid higher.”

Well, that’s a creative solution indeed, but was it real? And, how did he measure this? He explained the numbers and raises and yes, it was somewhere close to 5000%. A 4960% boost in reality when I did the math. I never found out if he actually did that or not, but he was the most fascinating person I had ever interviewed and that I was hiring for a position in the R&D department, the title being Director of Innovation, in charge of all the innovation team leaders.

He delivered his statement with such a straight face, that I wonder if it was true. If he made it up, that’s just hilarious and should be a cartoon in Barron’s or the Wall Street Journal. If it’s real -“Wow, that’s quite a business narrative.”

It’s great to have fun people in your company’s innovation center – having interesting people who think outside the box is also an excellent thing. We don’t treat people like people. We don’t see the human side, and how specific personality traits could be a lot more important than foundation knowledge, University degrees, or years in an industry.

Unique men and women are valuable to an organization – but if you disagree, well, perhaps you should just hire a whole lot of robots and call it Robotic Resources rather than Human Resources. Oh and while you’re at it, why don’t you save your business some money and hire a robot to replace you too? Who wants a boring and dull human in human resources – we have enough of these already. That is probably why we have the problems in this sector that we do now! Think on this human.

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