This is the best “Corner Office” in a long time! It’s an interview with the President and CEO of PRGX, Romil Bahl, on the emergence of new ideas, entitled “Learn to Walk With Beggars and Kings.” Five key points pop out:
1. Hire/look for attitude – He notes that, “The right attitude, the right desire to get it done and never give in. I feel like good, smart people in the neighborhood of the skill set we need will do better every time than the expert that may have done it four times before but is showing up with sort of a laissez-faire attitude. Are you going to make an effort to fit and to be part of the winning team and to help us win?”
2. What does a prospective hire “know about us?” – “It tells me a lot. How much time they have taken to understand what we’re trying to do is an important indicator. And it’s even better if they’ve got some ideas of what could be done or at least connect back to where they’ve faced a similar circumstance and what they’ve done with that.”
3. “If the road isn’t getting steeper every minute, watch out, because you’ve already started to head downhill.” – A lesson from his father.
4. “Life’s not a popularity contest” -The people with the greatest impact in his life were the ones who told him things he didn’t like hearing.
5. It’s important to get things done! – “We’ll be running a big board meeting or something and somebody will say, ‘There’s no water.’ So we can sit around and we can call assistants or we can just get up and get some water. Is that the culture we’re trying to set — one of sitting around waiting and being high and mighty — or is it the culture where we’re going to get things done. I’ll get you a glass of water. Let’s get on with it.”