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Why should you hire someone with a sense of humor?

Well, allow me to tell you a story.

His last job was working in an Auction House and he claimed he had been able to increase the company’s revenue by over 5000% in one-year. He acted appalled that I did not believe the 5000% gains in revenue figure.

“Well, it was 5000 percent and may even have been higher!”

At this time I had to listen to his secret. He said;

“It was easy, during every auctioning session, he would sneak up in the rafters and scatter’itching powder’ very lightly on the crowd below. Those bidding could not help themselves and kept itching their hair, head and shoulders. – and each time they did that bumped up the price because those were seen as gestures to bid higher.”

Well, that is a creative solution indeed, but was it real? And, how did he measure this? He clarified the numbers and increases and yes, it was somewhere close to 5000%. A 4960% increase in reality when I did the math. I never found out if he really did that or not, but he was the most interesting person I had ever interviewed and that I was hiring for a position in the R&D section, the name being Director of Innovation, in charge of all the innovation team leaders.

He delivered his statement with such a straight face, that I still wonder if it was true. If he made it up, that’s just hilarious and should be a cartoon in Barron’s or the Wall Street Journal. If it’s real -“Wow, that’s quite a business narrative.”

It’s good to have fun people in your company’s innovation center – having interesting people who think outside the box is also a very good thing. Sometimes as human resource professionals we take ourselves too seriously. We don’t treat people like people. We don’t see the human side, and how certain personality traits can be far more important than foundation knowledge, University levels, or years in an industry.

Unique men and women are valuable to an organization – but if you disagree, well, maybe you should just hire a whole lot of robots and call it Robotic Resources rather than Human Resources. Oh and while you are at it, why not save your company some money and hire a robot to replace you too? Who needs a dull and boring human in human resources – we’ve got enough of these already. That’s probably why we have the problems in this business that we do today! Think on this individual.

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