Jim Collins says, “get good people on the bus, even before you know where it’s going.” It’s true. You have to balance the right skills with the right fit in your culture.
The opposite is true as well: Get bad people off the bus – QUICKLY!
Not every key hire works out and small companies don’t have the luxury of burying their hiring mistakes on “special projects”. One unmotivated, unfocused and bitter person can paralyze a company and poison the culture.
You have to be willing to share credit…and upside… with the people that are key to your success.
Witkowski’s Laws were given a speech at Bridging The Gap 2012 at the Oak Ridge National Lab.