Executives like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are known to hire people smarter than them. Why shouldn’t you? When you’re responsible of a team or a company, you should encourage growth for everyone involved in it and hire people you can learn from.
Hiring smart, creative, talented people will solve and prevent long-term management problems and it will help your company grow:
- Ryan Blair writes in his article : “When I worked for my stepfather, I watched his business struggle because he continuously brought on the cheapest help he could hire, whether the people fit with his established team or not. He never took the time to screen for the right attitude, work ethic, or personality that would accentuate and add to the talent he already had in his company. As a result, the company never grew beyond my stepfather’s talents, simply because he never brought on anyone more talented than he was.”
- David Hassell: “A players want to hang out with other A players, so you have to work on creating that great environment, getting referrals and retaining as many as you can. You want your company to be the place were someone says, ‘This is the best place I’ve ever worked.”
- David Ogilvy: “Look for people who will aim for the remarkable, who will not settle for the routine.”
- Lynn Jurich: “Hire people who are smarter than you, and don’t be afraid to work with them as partners. Make it clear that you plan to learn from them, not just the other way around. The right, smart, motivated people respond very well to that approach.”
Michael Dell says: “Try never to be the smartest person in the room. And if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people… or find a different room.”
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