It’s pretty easy to talk a good game.
Meeting for the first time – networking maybe – some people have a tendency to aggrandise. Talking up their importance, letting you believe they played a bigger part than they did. They were the instigator of a project, they were pivotal, they made the decisions.
Most days it’s ok to take this stuff at face value. “How interesting.”
Some days – when building your team, when it counts – you have to dig deeper. “Tell me more.”
There’s a big difference between being in the room, and running it. There are benefits and learning at every seat of the table – all experience is useful and every team needs a broad range. Mine for what they actually did.
Build your team on facts.
Skippy Strategy: What was the motivation behind that decision? What pressures were you dealing with?
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