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So Much to be Learned from a Sushi Roll

The Wolfgang Christmas Party was last weekend. Our Operations Manager, Greg, hosted and brought in a sushi chef to cater.  Sushi and Christmas, a West Coast tradition! To spice things up, our chef gave a demonstration and each of us attempted a sushi roll.

The finished products were telling. Not surprisingly, the operations guys excelled. Jason, our top contractor, delivered a perfect roll. Attention to detail, pride, beauty and no mess were all evident in Jason’s sushi just like his paint jobs.

Jason’s sushi roll eloquently captured the concept of “preferences”, a persons “preferred” behaviors and a concept that we focus on at Wolfgang when hiring. For example, if you prefer to “lead”, you will exhibit Leadership behaviors in work, personal and family life.

When we hire a contractor we look for precision (the preference to pay attention to details), attainment (the preference to set and hit goals) and tenacity (the preference to diligently complete tasks). During an interview we probe into a person’s past looking for multiple examples of these preferences.

It’s not easy, rating a person’s preferences during an interview is extremely challenging. I believe that the best interviewers; hire the appropriate candidate seventy percent of the time. After last Saturday, I m thinking we should incorporate sushi rolls into our interviewing process!

All that being said, it was predictable that Jason’s sushi roll would excel. Jason “prefers” precision in everything he does, including paint jobs. We are lucky to have him on the Wolfgang Team.

How did my roll turn out? A hot mess! Too much Sake 🙂

Dave Notte

About the Author: Dave Notte

Dave Notte is the founder of Wolfgang Commercial Painters, one of Metro Vancouver's largest commercial and strata painting companies.

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