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Don't place too much emphasis on prospects' past successes

Don't place too much emphasis on prospects' past successes

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.

Embrace diversity in your marketing recruiting efforts

Embrace diversity in your marketing recruiting efforts

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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