Just read this great article on Farnam Street: "Warren Buffett: The three things I look for in a person" (http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2013/05/warren-buffett-the-three-things-i-look-for-in-a-person)
It's inspiring and can be applied in every relationship-building scenarios in life. Just wanted to share it with everyone and see if anyone wants to share the specific qualities he or she looks for in a potential business partner.
"Hire and promote
first on the basis of integrity;
second motivation (without integrity, motivation is dangerous);
third capacity (without motivation, capacity is impotent);
fourth understanding (without capacity, understanding is limited);
fifth knowledge (without understanding, knowledge is meaningless);
last and least experience (without knowledge, experience is blind)."
Funny that I came across another great article right after I posted the last one - this one is useful from the hiring standpoint. This is an interview conducted by New York Times with Roman Stanek, CEO of GoodData. There are a lot of great points to learn in his philosophy. In particular, I like the culture of transparency and his recruitment method:
(Cynthia - Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. Your feedback added another layer of perspective for thoughts and I agree with you 100%.)