It has become a common refrain among tech company founders and CEOs I’ve spoken with over the years: Failing to do an adequate job of vetting the people they have brought on board to help them build their companies has been a handicap that they would love to have avoided.
When I interview company founders and CEOs, I almost always ask them, if they could have one do-over since founding or becoming CEO of their company, what it would be. Occasionally I’ll get a CEO who claims there’s nothing he or she would do over, which, of course, is nonsense. On the other end of the spectrum, I sometimes get candid responses about a bad product development or other tactical or strategic decision made along the way. But if there’s one response I get more than any other, it involves having made far-reaching hiring mistakes.
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