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Geeks Versus Jocks: CIOs, Beware Your Culture
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batye
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batye,
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7/1/2014 | 7:08:41 PM
Re: Identity Crises
it happens :(  as sometimes personalities do have conflict... plus likes and dislikes on the personal level....
batye
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batye,
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7/1/2014 | 7:07:10 PM
Re: Monoculture
I think we must to take in account personality and ideas... as to each person his own perks... how I see it...
batye
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batye,
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7/1/2014 | 7:06:00 PM
Re: It's okay to think different
it like problem need to be looked from all point of view :) so to say... as each party must have it say in the process... to get right....
batye
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batye,
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7/1/2014 | 7:04:36 PM
Re: Geeks Versus Jocks
interesting to see, as it like never ending process at workplace... but also office politics are in play.... how I see it.... 
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StaceyE,
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6/30/2014 | 7:17:28 PM
Re: Monoculture
I agree with you, in most cases better pay will trump non-monetary perks without a second thought.
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kstaron,
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6/19/2014 | 11:01:25 AM
It's okay to think different
You are right. it's a problem that can happen anywhere. Even in some acedemia circles now if you don't think 'the right way' about something then you don't get hired or heard. But hearing these numbers for women inthe sciences, while it no longer shocks me, I am glad my daughter at 6 is excited about robotics camp this year. She wanted to do engineering too but we had to go on vacation sometime. Don't be afraid to have a few people that think a bit differntly than you do.
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zerox203,
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6/17/2014 | 7:46:49 PM
Re: Geeks Versus Jocks
You're definitely on the money, Dave - 'diversity' is not something to be slapped on a poster in the hallway and then done away with it. The only reason to go after it is because you want to reap the benefits - and that requires actually going after it, like the gentleman from Google said. Nobody's going to give you an award for going halfway. As you say, reaching a truly even distribution amongst all these demographics in the workplace (if that's even what we should be shooting for) is no small order - what if you don't get women interviewing for your IT positions? It's a systemic problem that needs to be corrected starting in education, and maybe even farther back.

Maybe it's a little limiting to exemplify the whole thing with 'jocks vs geeks', though. After all, we're kind of talking about the person doing the hiring more than the people being hired, aren't we? Maybe someone will put their sports background on their resume, and maybe they won't - or maybe someone is an uber-nerd but played lacrosse in college. The problem is that we're doing hiring based on assumptions about people that we aren't basing on real facts. We have to do hiring based on who's best for the job, not based on some gut-feeling of who will create an 'ideal' work atmosphere (because it doesn't exist) - and, in theory, that will naturally lead to diversity on it's own.
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David Wagner,
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6/16/2014 | 12:29:00 PM
Re: Identity Crises
@angelfuego- I feel for you. And that's rough, and you are probably right. And what makes so much harder is that the hiring proces sis so shrouded in mystery now because no one wants to say anything that can be used in a lawsuit it is impossible to know why anyone is hired or not. 

I understand the legal reasons, but within the company I think it would help if people had to be more transparent with HR and others making hiring decisions so personality is less involved.
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David Wagner,
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6/16/2014 | 12:29:00 PM
Re: Identity Crises
@angelfuego- I feel for you. And that's rough, and you are probably right. And what makes so much harder is that the hiring proces sis so shrouded in mystery now because no one wants to say anything that can be used in a lawsuit it is impossible to know why anyone is hired or not. 

I understand the legal reasons, but within the company I think it would help if people had to be more transparent with HR and others making hiring decisions so personality is less involved.
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Angelfuego,
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6/15/2014 | 8:43:06 PM
Re: Identity Crises
@Dave, Re:"The goal is to break out of hiring habits that define your culture by personality traits rather than skillsets and mindsets." I agree. Recently, my friend was not hired after being interviewed. She was totally qualified and equipped with both the skillset and experience to competently perform the role.I truly think she wasn't hired due to personality reasons.
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