For so many professionals, turning up at work means leaving a large part of themselves behind. We’re all into something, whether it’s a sport, a hobby, an interest. It is those passions that make each person a complete individual, and potentially a more valuable employee. But workplaces have a habit of ignoring, or even discouraging those distinctives.
Even worse, many firms only consider candidates that fit a pre-set ‘mould’. Despite the well documented dangers of group think and the proven value of cognitive diversity, many employers insist on replicating themselves by hiring individuals with the ‘right degrees’, from the ‘right schools’, and possessing only the ‘right experience’.
Fortunately, not all workplaces are like that. There are forward-thinking employers who encourage their staff to apply their unique attributes to their work wherever possible. This is a rare quality, according to Josh Bersin Research, which claims that only 12% of employers have clearly defined strategies for recruiting a diverse talent set.
David Sebesfi is a former professional poker player. He learned the game from his father. It has always been an important part of their relationship. While David’s father would rather play Bridge, with its greater mathematical complexity; David is single-minded in his preference for poker. The reason? Because poker is as much about understanding the person sitting across the table as it is about counting cards.
David is a rising star in ASR Wealth’s sales team, He enjoys the mental challenge. Having to think quickly; choose the appropriate financial product for each individual; and persuade prospective clients that he can add value to their personal wealth creation.
David has never worked in sales before and doesn’t have a degree in finance or marketing. But he is one hell of a poker player.
Tumul Singha sits the other side of the building, in ASRW’s equities research team. Tumul has trained in Goju Karate for just shy of a decade. She places a high value on her agility, flexibility and most of all, her reflexes. And she trains hard to keep them sharp. Tumul recently completed her CFA accreditation with the support of ASRW, but she started out with a degree in Biomedical Science. So what do a dojo and a science laboratory have in common with capital markets? Sharp reflexes, agile responses, a curious mind and a scientific approach; these are essential tools for the martial artist and the equities analyst alike.
Smart employers look beyond the conventional. They seek out candidates with the personal qualities, skills and experiences that will deepen their talent pool, foster innovation and generate competitive advantage. Does yours?
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