Bill Gates. Credit: Wikipedia Commons
When I was 9 years old and hoping to become the next great Mets pitcher, my father’s advice was pretty simple: watch Rich Wlodarczyk.
Rich, who was 11, was the best pitcher on my little league team. So I watched him, did what he did and, largely through osmosis, became a pretty good pitcher myself (cough cough three-time MVP, but who’s counting).
Anyway, I think my father taught me a pretty good lesson: learn from the best. And I think that applies to hiring as well.
So, without further ado, he’s some great quotes from some of the world’s greatest CEOs –
“Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it’s true. If you hire somebody without [integrity], you really want them to be dumb and lazy.”
“We have a strict ‘no a-hole policy’ at SpaceX. And we fire people they are. I mean, we give them a little bit of warning. But if they continue to be an a-hole, then they’re fired.”
“I would rather hire a man with enthusiasm than a man who knows everything.”
“I’d rather interview 50 people and not hire anyone than hire the wrong person.”
“If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.”
“When I hire somebody really senior, competence is the ante. They have to be really smart. But the real issue for me is, Are they going to fall in love with Apple? Because if they fall in love with Apple, everything else will take care of itself. They’ll want to do what’s best for Apple, not what’s best for them, what’s best for Steve, or anybody else.”
“Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he’s hired to do.”
“I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”
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