My Secret to Building a Team of Passionate Travel Geeks

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    My Secret to Building a Team of Passionate Travel Geeks

    Dara Khosroshahi
    CEO Expedia, Inc.

    This interesting article by the CEO of Expedia explains how he hires the best people - they must love to travel!

    Among the insights provided in this article:

    - Travel fosters curiosity
    - Travel creates resiliency
    - Travel gets you out of your comfort zone
    - Travel opens you to an emphatic world view
    - Vacation begets more vacation

    Read the article here:

    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-...-passionate-travel-khosrowshahi?trk=prof-post
     
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    Very nice. And I totally agree with him. Travel leads to so many opportunities to problem solve and learn. Even when you are just in a foreign airport, you learn about things that you never knew existed.


    Hmm... they are based near Seattle... wonder if they will have an opening for a Controller or Senior Finance Manager in a few years. Sounds like my kind of place.
     
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    I have business dealings with their IT. Interesting folks.
     
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    As I posted on the LinkedIn article. In my hiring I ask similar questions, and I am only a small retail business.

    My questions are:
    1. Where is the most interesting place you have taken a trip to?
    2. Where do you want to visit that you haven't made it to yet?
    3. Where have you gone that you want to go back to?

    The first makes them look at the Geography of their travel. (I do run a map store and geography is important)
    The second makes them look at destinations and why people want to go there (ties them to our customers)
    The third makes them look at why they travel.

    It is always interesting when I get 19-23 year olds who are faced with these questions. The most common answer to #2 is Australia. #1 is DisneyLand California. And #3 is usually the Grand Canyon. But I have gotten many many different answers.
     
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    If I were to ask these questions, I would inquire as to what the greatest benefit from travelling was to the prospective candidate. Hands down for me it's been the people I've met, and what I've learned, with some long-lasting friendships established as a result.
     
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    Good answer. I am usually trying to see if they even have the Travel "Gene" so that they can Identify with the customers. Which hopefully will increase sales. In a Map Store, understanding why people buy maps is important.
     
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