Kate discusses an editor that was good but had very bad time management skills. “He
always seemed to be a day late for shipping cuts to the network and that really worries the
network and it reflects badly on the way I am managing the workload. I was in the room
with him until four in the morning every once in a while. I would come in at three in the
afternoon and say, ‘do you need anything?’ He’d say, ‘no I’m good.’ I’d come back at
seven to review the cut and it would be all ‘mishugana.’” Kate observes, “I realized this guy
had me on a tether. His work habits made him in charge of my production. And even
though we only had about four weeks of work, I started looking for a replacement. I
interviewed someone to do a small job and loved him. He was breezy. If I got anxious
about his deadlines, he told me to chill out ‘I’m getting there.’ and he would get there. I
loved it. I wanted to go to lunch with him. He made me feel like I was having a more
interesting life when I was in the room with him. The other guy made me feel like I was Mel
Gibson carrying the cross. I fired the guy who was probably the better editor (but a bad
time manager). I let him go because he made my life miserable.” Kate notes, “I would
never have made that decision when I was younger. I could do it at this time because I
could help the guy who was not as good an editor make a great show. So partially how I
hire people has to do with how I get along with them.”
Although credits are important, it is more about the relationship when it comes to hiring.
How does that person make you feel when you are with them? Kate recently hired a crew
of people so it was fresh in her mind. “For the job of post supervisor or post-production
producer same job, different titles. We interviewed a woman and a guy. The guy had
more experience and was asking for more money. But he was like, ‘I can do it no
problem it’s a little bit of a drive I may have to come in a little later if you’re okay with
that?’ He was good and if he were the only candidate for the job I would have offered it to
him. The woman who we hired was attentive. I watched her watching the nonverbal
communication in the room. I thought she was smart and wanted the job more. She had a
lot of energy. The business owner wanted me to hire the guy and pay him less.” The male
candidate sounded blasé to me as if he had done it a million times. Kate agreed, “most
places have twenty edit rooms and we only had two. So, the job looked less like a
challenge to him and the woman seemed to want to take over a project that needed a
good organizer. I pushed for her, we hired her and she was excellent.”
“The eyes are a fascinating source of nonverbal communication. Of course, there are the
obvious signals: the wink, rolling of the eyes upward, and the stare. But there are also
subtle ways of communicating with the eyes” (Gergen Schader & Gergen, 2009, p. 11).
Kate was observant about the way the woman was watching the nonverbal communication
in the room and this spoke volumes about her attentiveness. Kate’s ways of being
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