What I look for when hiring

I recently had to answer some questions as part of the application process for a job. One of the questions was about what qualities I’d look for when hiring staff for a marketing department. here’s what I came up with:

  1. A willingness to experiment and the ability to learn constantly.
  2. Imagination creativity and curiosity.
  3. Raw analytic, strategic and critical thinking skills.
  4. The ability to collaborate effectively as part of a team.
  5. The ability to communicate clearly and articulate complex ideas in simple straightforward language.
  6. Potential to rise to the occasion, take on new challenges and manage shifting priorities.
  7. The ability to anticipate needs, form ad hoc contingency plans and a willingness to be opportunistic.
  8. The ability to synthesize solutions and make well-reasoned decisions based on a limited set of data.
  9. A positive, confident, healthy self-image and personal integrity and honesty.
  10. An understanding of (and enthusiasm for) the requirement to pragmatically operationalize business strategy.

Welcome to SteveGoodman.com

I’m Steve Goodman.

My background is in sales, marketing, business development and general management. Back in 2002, after a successful and somewhat conventional career in the software and Internet business I decided to take a break and do something completely different.

I sold my house in San Francisco, put my stuff in storage and set out with just a backpack to travel, almost exclusively overland, throughout southeast Asia. I visited Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, India and Nepal.

In 2005 I settled down in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where I spent seven years working part-time as a freelance photographer, as a digital marketing consultant for a large advertising agency, as a publisher of blogs and photoblogs and as a guitar player in an assortment of rock and blues bands.

In 2012 I returned to America to restart my business career. After spending some time in the Detroit area visiting my mother and brother I am now living in Richmond, CA, just across the bay from San Francisco.