I have one cardinal rule...a rule learned years ago from an original mentor. Always, always interview a new hire over food. Breakfast, lunch, dinner or high tea, it is amazing how important it is to observe someone out of the office, breaking bread.
I have a second cardinal rule. Listen to Ted Fine. Ted Fine put me on TV. (Multi-media moment: I listen to Al Mayers, too. He put me on Bloomberg Radio and had the courage to hire unspeakably young talent, delegate significant responsibility and daily, daily provide hands-on leadership and critique.)
Ted is the single best talent I have ever seen at finding, nurturing, and promoting young talent. Critically, he has a wonderful ability to figure out the not... who is not working out and finding a different post for them. Regrettably, there are moments when the not becomes overwhelming. He holds the "Exit" door with grace.
Here is Ted Fine on How to Hire:
I want smart people who want to learn. It doesn't matter who you know, where you went to school, or where you grew up. It does matter what you know, what you read, and what you watch.
I want people who have an edge. When I meet you for the first time, you should have an opinion about Bloomberg Television. I am most impressed by the things you don't like (tell Tom Keene that's a Type II construct). This is a business network, so let's talk about business stories. You probably should know a few things about me too.
I want people who want to work hard. This is a newsroom. We don't open at 9 and close at 5. You will be asked to work at 2 in the morning and on holidays. If that gives you pause, don't work here.
I want people who want to have fun. This place is intense. It's stressful. Sometimes we even yell at each other. But then we laugh too."
So there you have it. It is one thing for me to trumpet my hiring successes. It is another thing to listen and observe someone like Ted Fine who hires and fires 24/7.
And yes, the people Ted has brought me influence Bloomberg Surveillance each and every day. My team is treasured for what they do, and do not do.
Originally Posted On: LinkedIn By: Tom Keene
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