We’ve all had bosses we remember: sometimes they’re good memories and sometimes they’re not so good. One of my least pleasant bosses was John Sherman.
Mr. Sherman (as he insisted he be called,) was intelligent and hardworking, but he had an Achillies heel; he always had to be right, and every idea had to be his.
He owned a placement company finding jobs for clerical and administrative people. The business struggled, unable to grow beyond Mr. Sherman’s own talents because he never brought on anyone smarter or more creative than himself.
Hiring smart people is one of the most effective ways to build a successful company. Every time you interview a candidate, ask yourself, “What can I learn from her?”
Consider this: your role is not merely as an individual contributor. Your job is to set the stage for success by recruiting employees qualified to do the best job.
Employees are the most valuable asset any business has. When businesses are filled with talented “idea” people, they grow and evolve to levels never imagined.
What have you learned from your most recent hire?
The road is easier together,
Linda Laitala, President
Raven Performance Group
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