Hiring Great People

“I hire people brighter than me and I get out of their way.”

– Lee Iacocca

 

“The competition to hire the best will increase in the years ahead. Companies that give extra flexibility to their employees will have the edge in this area.”

– Bill Gates

 

“Some people can do one thing magnificently, like Michelangelo, and others make things like semiconductors or build 747 airplanes — that type of work requires legions of people. In order to do things well, that can’t be done by one person, you must find extraordinary people.”

– Steve Jobs

 

“I noticed that the dynamic range between what an average person could accomplish and what the best person could accomplish was 50 or 100 to 1. Given that, you’re well advised to go after the cream of the cream. A small team of A+ players can run circles around a giant team of B and C players.”

– Steve Jobs

 

“When you’re in a start-up, the first ten people will determine whether the company succeeds or not. Each is 10 percent of the company. So why wouldn’t you take as much time as necessary to find all the A players? If three were not so great, why would you want a company where 30 percent of your people are not so great? A small company depends on great people much more than a big company does.”

– Steve Jobs

 

“A company should limit its growth based on its ability to attract enough of the right people.”

– Jim Collins

 

“Great vision without great people is irrelevant.”

– Jim Collins

 

“Get the right people on the bus and the wrong people off the bus”

– Jim Collins

 

“For “Great vision without great people is irrelevant.”no matter what we achieve, if we don’t spend the vast majority of our time with people we love and respect, we cannot possibly have a great life. But if we spend the vast majority of our time with people we love and respect — people we really enjoy being on the bus with and who will never disappoint us — then we will almost certainly have a great life, no matter where the bus goes. The people we interviewed from the good-to-great companies clearly loved what they did, largely because they loved who they did it with.”

– Jim Collins

 

“Often the best solution to a management problem is the right person.”

– Edwin Booz

 

“As a business owner or manager, you know that hiring the wrong person is the most costly mistake you can make.”

Brian Tracy

 

“If you can hire people whose passion intersects with the job, they won’t require any supervision at all. They will manage themselves better than anyone could ever manage them. Their fire comes from within, not from without. Their motivation is internal, not external.”

Stephen Covey

Great Leaders Insurance Company JL Nixon Consulting

 

“A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.”

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

 

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”

Theodore Roosevelt

 

“A good manager is a man who isn’t worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him.”

S. M Burns

 

“Focus on a few key objectives … I only have three things to do. I have to choose the right people, allocate the right number of dollars, and transmit ideas from one division to another with the speed of light. So I’m really in the business of being the gatekeeper and the transmitter of ideas.”

Jack Welch

 

“Executives owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs.”

Peter Drucker

 

“You need to have a collaborative hiring process.”

Steve Jobs

 

“Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he’s hired to do.”

Malcolm Forbes

 

“Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?”

Thomas John Watson Sr.

 

“I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies.”

Lawrence Bossidy

 

“Do not hire a man (or woman) who does your work for money, but him (or her) who does it for the love of it.”

Henry David Thoreau

 

“If we weren’t still hiring great people and pushing ahead at full speed, it would be easy to fall behind and become a mediocre company.”

Bill Gates

 

 Businesspeople Seated In Circle At Company Seminar

“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

 

“When I find an employee who turns out to be wrong for a job, I feel it is my fault because I made the decision to hire him.”

Akio Morita

 

“If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants.”

David Ogilvy

 

“Recruiting is hard. It’s just finding the needles in the haystack. You can’t know enough in a one-hour interview. So, in the end, it’s ultimately based on your gut. How do I feel about this person? What are they like when they’re challenged? I ask everybody that: “Why are you here?” The answers themselves are not what you’re looking for. It’s the meta-data. “

Steve Jobs

 

“When I hire somebody really senior, competence is the ante. They have to be really smart. But the real issue for me is, Are they going to fall in love with Apple? Because if they fall in love with Apple, everything else will take care of itself. They’ll want to do what’s best for Apple, not what’s best for them, what’s best for Steve, or anybody else.”

Steve Jobs

 

“Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it’s true. If you hire somebody without [integrity], you really want them to be dumb and lazy.”

Warren Buffet

 

“Development can help great people be even better–but if I had a dollar to spend, I’d spend 70 cents getting the right person in the door.”

Paul Russell

 

“Leaders don’t flock. You have to find them one at a time.”

Ross Perot

 

“If I were running a company today, I would have one priority above all others: to acquire as many of the best people as I could [because] the single biggest constraint on the success of my organization is the ability to get and to hang on to enough of the right people.”

Jim Collins

 

“In determining the right people, the good-to-great companies placed greater weight on character attributes than on specific educational background, practical skills, specialized knowledge, or work experience.”

Jim Collins

 

“The moment you feel the need to tightly manage someone, you’ve made a hiring mistake. The best people don’t need to be managed. Guided, taught, led–yes. But not tightly managed.”

Jim Collins

 

“People are not your most important asset. The right people are.”

Jim Collins

 

“One cannot hire a hand; the whole man always comes with it.”

Peter Drucker

 

“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.”

Red Adair

 

“First-rate people hire first-rate people; second-rate people hire third-rate people.”

Leo Rosten

 

“Always be smarter than the people who hire you.”

Lena Horne

 

“If you hire only those people you understand, the company will never get people better than you are. Always remember that you often find outstanding people among those you don’t particularly like.”

Soichiro Honda

 

“Hire character. Train skill.”

 

Peter Schutz

 

“I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages.”

 

Robert Bosch

 

 

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