Paul English website, Dec 2010
(well worth reading in its entirety)
Here is how I hire, listed in priority order.
- Attitude. I like people who have fire in their belly, who
are outwardly competitive, and who are very goal / results driven. I
like people who are fun and who laugh a lot, including at
themselves. I like people who are so confident in their skills that
they are openly and instantly humble about things they are not good
at. I like people who delight in seeing others perform, and who
delight in blowing away customers with awesome products and
services. I like people who are open and honest.
- Lack of dysfunctional behavior.
You could ask anyone in my office, “What are Paul’s priorities?” and they’ll say: “It’s team, No. 1. Then customer, then profit.” I really want to create the ultimate, most exciting dream team that’s ever been created in software, and I focus on that every day. I love to ask people, “Who’s the smartest person you ever met? The most creative person? The fastest?” Someone might say, “This guy I met in Ohio 10 years ago, but I think he moved overseas.” I’ll track him down.