Hiring Wisdom: Lessons About Workplace Strategy, Age, and Experience

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Recently, my 8 year old granddaughter challenged me to a game of Blokus, a strategy game for two players.

I had never played before, but the game is quite simple. Note, I did not say easy, but the directions say it only takes a minute to learn the basics.

Well. I have to tell you my granddaughter won the first three games and not because I let her. Then I noticed there was section called “Strategy Tips” with six very simple tips for winning on the instruction sheet.

I asked Taylor if she had read the tips and she laughed and said: “Of course I have; that’s why I keep beating you.” Once I read the tips, I beat her the next three games.

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Two lessons learned:

  1. When it comes to games and to business, take the time to think about a winning strategy.
  2. Age and experience have advantages, but only when all else is equal.

This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at mkleiman@humetrics.com.


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