Four Stages of Learning - a model for Hiring

In Genuine Curiosity's Incompetence is wonderful post, he discuss the four stages of learning model. A person goes from unconsciously incompetent to consciously incompetent to consciously competent and finally to unconsciously competent. This mirrors one of my analysis on hiring people. I learn this from somewhere but I forgot where: You can draw up a two by two matrix:

  incompetent competent
not self aware (unconscious) avoid at all cost -- "I thing I know it all" Hire !! undiscovered star
Self aware (conscious) Hire -- willing to learn avoid depending on personality -- star vs diva

And look for the undiscovered star or the "willing to learn" as you next hire.