Must reading: William D. Green’s Corner Office interview in today’s New York Times.
Green, chairman and chief executive of giant consulting firm Accenture, candidly mentions his initial education struggles and how he turned his raw talent into success. He reduced 68 rules shared with new Accenture managers to three that really matter:
Competence: “Being good at what you do, and focus on the job you have not the job you think you want to have.”
Confidence: “You have to have enough desirable self-confidence to articulate a point of view.”
Caring: “Nothing today is about one individual. This is about the team, and, in the end, this is about giving a damn about your customers, your company, the people around you.”
Accenture receives two million resumes for the 40,000 to 60,000 jobs that are filled each year. Green said they seek people who are “analytical and have common sense, good judgement and the ability to get along.”