For an entrepreneur, company founder or CEO, the ability to attract and hire stellar employees defines the potential of your success. When I reviewed our biggest mistakes as a fast-growing startup, they seemed to be almost entirely centered around bad hiring decisions and investing in bad hires for too long. I used to interview people for functional competence and ability, basing decisions on prior accomplishments with an overemphasis on past successes. My process today is very different.
Growing up in a family where I had 47 first cousins, the expression "you are the living image of your aunt or uncle" was part of everyday vocabulary. Everyone looked like someone — everyone except my sister and I. Being adopted, we were never told that we were the living image of anyone. We were different, but only in our physical appearance.
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