It’s the first measure of a manager: who they hire.

If you’re hiring by the shelf-foot, it doesn’t really matter who you bring on board. For everyone else, building the team is the single greatest impact you have on the success of a project. Good people … the best hires, the tulips, the smartest, most motivated, tear-up-the-trees people who turn a pile of work to be done into a pile or work that’s been done … are always hard to come by.

They’re rare and they’re always busy.

With luck, when you meet one, you have a job in waiting and they’re looking for a challenge. More likely, the timing is off, so stay in touch.

Find them on the other side of the table, at a conference, any event. Ask yourself, how can I work with this person?

Skippy strategy: Everyone you meet … are they?