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How I Did It: Lessons from the Front Lines of Business by Daniel McGinn, Harvard Business Review

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PICKING THE RIGHT PEOPLE

SOMETIMES THE BEST MANAGEMENT ADVICE IS ALSO THE most succinct. On that measure, it’s hard to beat one of the core teachings of Jim Collins: “First who, then what.” No matter what grand strategy a company pursues, Collins argues in Good to Great, its odds of success are long unless its managers ensure they have “the right people on the bus.”

That’s why many of the best executives spend the bulk of their time selecting, developing, and promoting the most talented people they can find—and encouraging the wrong people to opt to “spend more time with their families.”

What’s surprising about this work is how much disagreement there is over the right way to pick and groom people—whether entry-level workers or the next CEO. ...

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