Courage is essential when hiring. Self-confidence is required to say, “We need people who are more knowledgeable than we are.” Impossible for a narcissist or a self-absorbed leader… and hiring in any other way dooms any organization to failure.
“Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he’s hired to do.”
Malcolm Forbes, Former Publisher of Forbes
It’s natural and healthy for any family unit to desire a better life for their progeny, so too it’s healthy for an enterprise to desire the next generation to eclipse the present — a positive side of human nature.
Progress is achieved by nurturing existing people, retaining the most productive, and hiring newcomers who add value. New recruits, with new ideas, are often an affront to the existing “state of affairs” — a negative side of human nature. This perspective is troubling when held by any member of a group, but debilitating when core leadership holds it.