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100 Rules For Entrepreneurs by Neil Lewis

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29. Hire better than you need

So what is the staffing solution for a young growing business?

Well, to distil it into a single principle it has to be: Hire people who are better than you or your manager.

Why? Simple – because, as the role grows, they will get better and better, whereas you (or your manager) cannot hope to constantly stay ahead of all your staff or team (and nor would you want to).

And the test of whether someone is better than you is this: When discussing their area of work, do you find that they train you or explain how things work? Or are you always training them? If they are constantly adding to your knowledge, then they are better than you. If the reverse, they are weaker than you.

So, how do you hire people who are ...

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