Re-inventing your world

9 03 2016

“Hire people who are better than you are, then leave them to get on with it.  Look for people who will aim for the remarkable, who will not settle for the routine.” ~ David Ogilvy

I can’t tell you how pleased I am when someone on my team points out that I am wrong, or shows me a better way of doing something.  Part of it is my own desire to learn new things (when I stop learning, I stop living), but the bigger part of it is a sense of pride that they were confident enough in our relationship to say “Yeah, that’s OK, but here’s a better/newer way to do it.”

Leaders, one of the smartest things you can do is to hire people who are different than you.  Find those who are smarter, or who see the world differently.  If you’re an introvert, then hire an extrovert, and vice-versa.  If you like to whiteboard ideas, hire someone who likes to fully document them in e-manuals with tabs and hyperlinks.  One of the dumbest things you can do is hire a bunch of “Mini-Me’s” who agree with you like little yes-men and women.  Once you’ve got the optimal team (the first kind), be sure that they’re not afraid to speak up, correct you, or just plain disagree with you.  No innovation comes from the second team, while your world can be re-invented with the first one.

Speaking of settling…

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Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com

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