If you hire the kind of people who have ideas, it’s a good idea to listen when they speak. Not just listen, but engage them in the thinking process and support them when they suggest something that could make a difference.
The alternative – hire good people with ideas but tell them exactly what to do, let them use their brilliance only within tightly controlled boundaries, turn away when they make suggestions – might look compelling in the short term as you get some good work from them, you might even move quite fast for a while as they dig in on the things you want them to do.
But it will end quickly.
They’ll get bored and frustrated, and they’ll look for somewhere else where they’ll be appreciated for more of their talents. … and not just their willingness to do what they’re told.
Skippy strategy: Use all the talents you hire.
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