Our industry talks about collaboration quite a bit, but often when we dig in, we aren't truly collaborating. I haven't really thought of a great way to communicate that idea internally or externally, but when I read what Pixar had to say about it I knew that it was what I was looking for:
Cooperation is not the same thing as collaboration. Cooperation is just that thing "which allows you not to get in the other's way," says Nelson. Collaboration means amplification. ... I think of collaboration as being like 2+2=5 (or 137, etc.).I also love how they talk about hiring criteria. Since we've been actively hiring for two VDC positions, we've gotten so many resumes from people who know Revit, and probably know it quite well, which is exciting. However, we aren't just looking at "depth" of knowledge in Revit because most of the work that a new hire will do is undefined, because we are constantly pushing the envelope. As it is put in the Presentation Zen post:
...how do you hire someone for something that has never been done before? ... past success alone is not enoughPixar looks for experience with "failure and recovery", along with an entire host of qualities. I like to think that we are doing similar things. It's about problem solving, working in a team, culture fit, negotiating and a sense of exploration.
I'd be interested in what other people look for when they hire, whether for a BIM-related position or something else.