I made an offer to someone. I then got a call from his formal boss, whom I knew from one of my previous jobs and was friendly with.
He says- “Oleg, the guy you made the offer to is terrible he screwed everything up here. I was going to fire him.”
I said “thank you” but not only I did not rescind the offer, my opinion of the candidate did not change.
Firstly, his prior track record was immaculate except for his alleged screwed up.
Secondly, people are allowed mistakes, we are all humans. It is what we learn from mistakes that matters.
People who never makes mistake never do anything useful either.
Thirdly, I learned to trust my own instincts — this candidate was the real thing
Needless to say, I was right.
The employee was stellar, and within a year I promoted him to a technical management position.
He is still there, years after I left — appreciated by every manager and colleague.
As for that screwing everything up, I learned learned later it was not his doing at all!
Trust your own instincts.
Written by Oleg Vishnepolsky
This story reminds me of a movie I saw lately “Twelve Angry Men”
A young lad was accused of murdering his own father and was tried in court.
Two eye witness testified against him, an old man and a young lady…
The jury was to decide his verdict, but the rule was, all twelve men must agree on any conclusion.
Obviously, the boy was guilty. Having two eye witness testifying against you is not one to easily defend.
But one of the juries who was sensitive to scenarios and not just talks, choose to plead not guilty.
And in less than two hours, he convinced the other eleven men, despite some who were previously vey adamant, that the young lad was NOT GUILTY.
When I saw the movie, I was amazed at how man can influence the decision of another.
You can believe the best even in the worst situation. And your believe is you!
Let go of negativity. Let go of poisonous influencers
Believe in the Best and you have the Best.