Why aren’t smart people enough - David DeWolf

Why aren’t smart people enough?

“We have some incredible talent” she boasted, “what we really need is someone to package them and make us the best at something. We need someone to move us forward and advocate to for us.”

The company’s leader had asked me to interview a handful of his employees to help craft the job description for a key leadership hire he was about to make. For years this leader had complained that he hired the smartest folks and couldn’t understand why the organization wasn’t moving forward....

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4 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a COO - David DeWolf

4 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a COO

A couple of weeks ago I was with a group of friends. We were all discussing our goals for 2015 and the bold moves that we are taking in order to ensure that we get there.

“I’m hiring a COO,” said one of my friends who runs a medium-sized business with about 150 employees.

“Is this a replacement, or a new position?” asked another, who had previously run a publicly traded organization. Based on the inflection, you could tell he was suspect about whether or not it was the right...

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