Hold on to ownership mentality. Billionaire founder of Zynga Mark Pincus became an entrepreneur after repeatedly getting fired because he thought of himself as CEO. “Not many companies are set up so people low in the hierarchy can challenge everything like a CEO,” he says.
— Adapted from “I don’t think it’s rotting their brains,” with Andrew Goldman, The New York Times Magazine.
Hiring tip. Vanessa Nornberg, founder of Metal Mafia, watches as much as she listens: “The most telling thing about someone coming in for an interview is how they walk. Do they move with purpose, or meander? If they’re meandering, they can’t work for my company.”
— Adapted from “Vanessa Nornberg: Building a Killer Sales Force,” Inc. Live.
Mixed bag on beauty. Attractive men earn 9% more than less attractive peers. Attractive women are often viewed as having desirable traits. But in one study, beautiful female applicants who sent a photo with their résumé were 41% less likely to land an interview than “plain” women.
— Adapted from “You Can Be Too Beautiful,” James Hamblin, The Atlantic.