Hiring the right people will make or break your business. As a serial entrepreneur who has built two highly successful companies, I would know. This isn’t my first rodeo. I can honestly say that since I started my career some of the smartest moves I’ve ever made have been hiring the right people. And, to be perfectly honest, some of my dumbest were when I offered the wrong person a job or, worse yet, let someone really talented get away. Like I said, this stuff really matters.
If you’re a new entrepreneur, or simply haven’t had much success hiring the right people, let me do you a favor. I’ve spent the last two decades trying to figure out how to hire and retain top talent, and I’ve boiled my experiences down into a handful of key takeaways. Of course you’ll have your own approach to talent acquisition, but trust me when I say that if you incorporate this advice into your hiring practices, you’ll be a lot better off.
1. Don’t hire brilliant jerks
2. Hire your weaknesses
3. Don’t get hung up on resumes, focus on results
4. Hire people who will challenge you
5. Understand that leaders bring armies
6. Remember that A-players are always free
7. Let go of the control