“How many of you have deadwood on your staff? Did you hire them that way or did you kill them?” – W. Edwards Deming

How can you argue with this logic? Deming pretty well puts the responsibility of the team squarely on the leader.  Jim Collins would say get the right people on the bus BEFORE you even know where the bus is going.

Any compromise you make on choosing your team will come back at some point and you’ll have to deal with it.  It may be worth it.  But it may bring your company down.

The intangibles include integrity, persistence, taking responsibility and fearlessness.

Be clear about your expectations and your culture, in addition to the specific skills you need.  If you’re not sure about these things, spend the time to figure it out.  Cut the deadwood early.


Blogging Gazelle is published daily by Shawn Carson


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