Hiring The Right People

One of the things I am most proud of at Solution Tree is the Team of people who work here.  It is critical to have the right employees in the right jobs, and with over 125 here at “The Tree” a couple of bad ones could mess up the culture and systems we have worked so hard to create.  Obviously not all hires are perfect, but our batting average here would put us in the Hiring Hall of Fame!

Jack Welch is the famous, former, CEO of GE, and here is an excerpt from a recent article written by Mr. Welch and his wife Suzy.  I couldn’t agree with them more.


The best thing that can happen to you as a boss is hiring a person who is smarter, more creative, or in some way more talented than you are. It’s like winning the lottery. Suddenly you’ve got a team member whose talent will very likely improve everyone’s performance and reputation. Including yours.

Yes, it’s human nature to feel fearful that a “superior” employee could make you look, well, inferior, and perhaps slow down your career progress. But in reality, the exact opposite usually occurs.

The reason is that leaders are generally not judged on their personal output. What would be the point of evaluating them like individual contributors? Rather, most leaders are judged on how well they’ve hired, coached, and motivated their people, individually and collectively—all of which shows up in the results. That’s why when you sign up top performers and release their energy, you don’t look bad. You look like the goose that laid the golden egg.