marți, 27 octombrie 2009

Unlikely to Succeed

In "Survival in the Executive Jungle", Chester Burger tells the story of W.Maxey Jarman, the dynamic executive who built the $400 million corporation Genesco Inc. and became its chairman.

Curious to know how his Genesco executives were chosen, Jarman was told that they all took psychometric tests. Jarman therefore arranged anonymously to put himself forward for one of the tests. He completed the tests as honestly as he could.

The report that came back stated that he was too shy and self-conscious ever to deal successfully with the type of business Genesco were in and would in all probability not get very far in management.

Moral: Nobody's yet invented a foolproof measure of what people are capable of.