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Key Idea: Hire the Off Beat

Nickk Smith worked as a human canonball before he joined KMP Internet.

Key Question:


Be open to hiring someone with a non conventional background.

Nickk Smith was working as a human canonball before Jon hired him and Nickk showed up to the job interview in a tartan suit.  Americans might not know that tartan is a large check pattern. Image a person standing in front of you in a large check patterned suit! Nickk had the software development background to do the job but Jon said he got the job because of his carnival experience.

Jon knows that customers buy people and he is determined to put together an unusual group because that will result in creative thinking.

Think about it

When was the last time you hired a person who had worked as a human canonball? This is strictly a way to ask, when was the last time you hired a person with an unusual background? Would variety spice up your team? Would it help you to get to some breakthrough thinking?

Clip from: Knowledge Management

Westerham and Stockport, England: In this episode of the show we go inside truly global businesses that are changing the way we know things and understand who we are. They are each uniquely helping us all get the information revolution under control and helping to open the way to a knowledge evolution.

You'll meet Miles Corbett and David Bowden and their team in Westerham, England. In their hands information becomes knowledge, and their programs are saving businesses millions of dollars every year.

Then later in the show, you will meet Bill Daring, Jon Keefe, Nick Smith and the team at KMPInternet of Stockport. They are eliminating mundane tasks from the work area and creating access paths over the barriers between languages.
Historically, if knowledge were on a grocery shelf, it would have been among the most perishable items. Here we meet people who are giving knowledge much more shelf space, at a much lower cost, and as a durable good.

Today intellectual property is as important as physical property. Physical property sustains the body -- food and shelter; intellectual property sustains the mind, imparting meaning and value to life. 

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Hire the Off Beat

HATTIE: Have you've worked in other firms like this?


HATTIE: How is this one different?

ROGER: I think it's the whole creative approach and fun atmosphere in KMP which really makes the difference. Here, there's no walls, there's no kind of barriers between me and Bill and Jon and Nick. We just muck in and get the job done.

JON: People buy people first. And we employ people here--you know, we employ people because they're unusual, they're different. They think outside the box. They're different types of people. You know, one guy came to an interview in a checked suit, a totally tartan checked suit. And, you know, this guy was unusual, but he was actually capable of being able to deliver as well.

HATTIE: Where is this guy now?

JON: Well, that's actually Nickk. He's our technical director.

NICKK: I actually turned up in a tartan suit. And he actually said to me, `He's either good or he's mad.' And he made the decision that I was good.

JON: I employed a copywriter because his last job on his CV, well, he was a human cannonball for a circus. So you look for unusual people, as long as they've got a skill base.

BILL: Why is that--just go back there. Why is that darker there?

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