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Stop Hiring People Who Are Just Like You


One of my greatest early failures leading our team at Cooke Media Group was hiring people that were just like me. For years, I assumed I should hire people I liked, so I hired outgoing, creative, people-oriented employees – essentially, people just like me.

I loved the team, and we had a great time working together, but it didn’t take long to start losing money fast. I finally realized that I’d already hired me, and what we needed were people with gifts and talents I didn’t have.  

So I started hiring people who loved working with budgets, tech, schedules, and details – definitely not my strengths.

So if you’re like I used to be, and wondering why your team isn’t operating more effectively, then stop hiring people like you.

And be secure enough to hire people smarter than you – especially in areas where you’re weak.  

That insight alone transformed our team.

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