Do you hire people cleverer than you?

Do you hire people cleverer than you?

Do you hire people cleverer than you?

To grow successfully requires you to be a great leader and it starts when you chose your team.

The late publishing magnate Felix Dennis used to say “never seek a replica of yourself to delegate to, or to promote”.

It is a common error, but if you do it shows that you are weak

Remember, we all have strengths and weaknesses so wouldn’t it be easier to increase those strengths through employing people who can address our weaknesses.

You may have heard of David Ogilvy, he started Ogilvy & Mather, which grew into one of the biggest advertising agencies in the sixties and early seventies, he was a big believer in only ever hiring people who were smarter than him. To remind his staff to do the same he placed sets of Russian nesting dolls around his offices.

He told his staff “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.”

I understand they’re still dotted around Ogilvy offices today.