W.I.N. Wednesday: Lessons From Life's Most Powerful Question - A company of dwarfs or giants?
"If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants."
If you are responsible for hiring people for your organization or selecting people for your team then pay close attention to Ogilvy's message. too many leaders let their ego get in the way and always hire people smaller than they are. Great leaders have tremendous humility and understand the way to grow both the business and themselves is to hire people bigger (smarter, more skilled) than they are and make sure those people get the credit for their ideas and accomplishments.
If you do not have hiring responsibilities then pay close attention to who you surround yourself with; who you associate with.
Do you associate with people who will continually tell you, or prove to you, how smart you are? Or, do you associate with people who will challenge you, ask you the tough questions and push you to grow and improve?
It is nice once in a while to be the smartest person in the room, but it is easy to get complacent if that is the norm. If you are always the smartest person in the room, find a new room.
Associate with people who inspire you through their actions, knowledge and accomplishments. People who through questions and stimulating conversation and debate help you to understand how much you still have to learn.
Read books and listen to audio programs that challenge how you view the world rather than confirm your view of the world. You just might be surprised at what you learn from the experience.
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