Speaking to an audience of over 40 potential recruits, the talk began with a small game to guess which education belonged to which member of the Juven team:
We’ll let everyone take a guess before revealing the answer
Did you guess?
The point was to illustrate that at Juven, our hiring philosophy is that academic achievements, work experience or even job positions are not as important as being able to bring value to the company. If the business major is best able to bring value to the company and helps the company to achieve its goals by being CTO, we don’t necessarily have to hire a computer scientist or software engineer major for the role.
The three criteria for providing value are execution, ownership and self-sufficiency
Execution is the ability to turn ideas and concepts into reality. Ideas and concept, while delightful, are simply not enough. “You can’t eat ideas”, execution is the key to success. This idea is useful and necessary outside of work, and even applies to everyday life and personal goals and dreams. Ownership means that a person takes responsibility for execution of the idea or concept. Self-sufficiency is the ability to set goals and tasks without external output and take initiative in the workplace, which is essential in a startup, like Juven.
“The three criteria for providing value to a company are execution, ownership and self-sufficiency”
How do we achieve mastery over these three criteria? How do we change our wishes and dreams into reality? How do we take ownership of our selves as our own project and execute it? Marco finally introduced the WOOP framework for achieving goals.
‘W’ stands for wish, which is what we hope to be. The first ‘O’ stands for outcome, which helps us to understand the concrete elements of our wish that we need to do or create in order to achieve our wish. The second ‘O’ stands for obstacles which stand in the way of achieving this outcome. Finally the ‘P” stands for plan, the measurable doable tasks by which I overcome the obstacles to achieve the outcome and make my wish come true.
To illustrate, in the slide above, the wish is to be my own boss.
The outcome is to found a successful software company and thus to have the freedom to choose the method and direction of my work for myself, and do what is meaningful to me every day.
The obstacles is that I do not know coding, and I have no connections within the software industry.
Thus, the plan is to spend two hours everyday learning coding and finishing one toy project every month; simultaneously I will join a coding/startup meetup session every week and make five new friends within the industry every time.
Below are some photographs from the event:
The event saw over 100 job-seekers file through overall. Two other guest speakers also presented their companies and gave tips to potential recruits. Juven wishes to thank the organizers of the event. We are honored to have been invited to the event and will continue to seek opportunities to reach out to the community and engage with different sectors and industries.
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