We have a great track record of new hires here at C+F because of the kind of team members we surround ourselves with: smart, talented people who act like scientists, not politicians.
What do I mean by that? Politicians often:
- Decide their stance on issues early.
- Look for data solely to support their position and refuse to change when confronted with new facts.
- Share their opinions mostly with those who already agree with them.
- Choose a party to align themselves with and then insist their party is right in every situation, all the time.
- Hamper progress rather than accept a great idea from someone across the aisle.
- Don’t care how much it costs to implement their ideas.
- Rarely take blame for failings or say, “I was wrong.”
- Think it’s all about winning and losing.
On the flip side, most scientists:
- Let research be their guide, and dive deep into a subject before presenting a point of view.
- Develop theories, test those theories, then are honest about the results, admitting when something won’t work or isn’t working.
- Adjust their thinking as new data comes to light.
- Share their ideas freely with those inside and outside of their circle, and welcome feedback and suggestions.
- Build off of and cheer on the great work of others, knowing great ideas can come from anywhere.
- Like to experiment and know there’s much to learn from failure.
- Don’t get possessive or defensive when discussing their ideas.
- Know that no one succeeds alone; breakthrough thinking take a true team of experts working together.
If that sounds like the kind of team you’d like to work with, we just happen to be hiring. Long-winded, big ego narcissists need not apply. Or climate change deniers. Because c’mon already.