Purple Unicorns: Do They Exist?

If you’ve ever been tasked with making a hire, you’ll understand what I’m about to address, which is the elusive, “purple unicorn.” If you’ve never had to make a hire, let me explain what this majestic creature is. 

When hiring, we all have a vision of the perfect human that we aim to bring onto our team. They’re the right blend of every valued characteristic a company could possibly be looking for. Task AND people-oriented, arrive early and stay late, attentive to detail while also a big picture thinker, a visionary and an implementer; this person can do it all. They’re the quintessential employee. We look long and hard under the mountain of applications to find them, but often to no avail, and the reason is simple. They don’t exist.

Think about yourself for a moment. And I mean REALLY be honest here. Are you perfect? When was the last time you made a mistake? Spelled a word wrong? Forgot to email that person back? Probably...

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