World of Warcraft guild masters apply here

Summary:Earlier this month I blogged about World of Warcraft skills as a good element to have on a resume. Wired has a story about how a former CNET employee got a job at Yahoo in part because of his WOW status as a top guild master......

Earlier this month I blogged about World of Warcraft skills as a good element to have on a resume. Wired has a story about how a former CNET employee got a job at Yahoo in part because of his WOW status as a top guild master...

...the process of becoming an effective World of Warcraft guild master amounts to a total-immersion course in leadership. A guild is a collection of players who come together to share knowledge, resources, and manpower. To run a large one, a guild master must be adept at many skills: attracting, evaluating, and recruiting new members; creating apprenticeship programs; orchestrating group strategy; and adjudicating disputes. Guilds routinely splinter over petty squabbles and other basic failures of management; the master must resolve them without losing valuable members, who can easily quit and join a rival guild. Never mind the virtual surroundings; these conditions provide real-world training a manager can apply directly in the workplace.

Topics: IT Employment

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