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Hiring and Firing

If your enterprise is going to grow, you are going to need to hire people to help you, as well as fire people that do not help you enough. Each hiring and firing impacts how much the enterprise's productivity is improved and whether its culture is reinforced or dissipated. An entrepreneur has everything at stake with getting this right.

Nate was thirty-two years old and someone whom everyone described as “gentle and brainy.”1 He seemed destined to be a successful engineer like his father and both of his grandfathers. Beginning when he was a teenager, Nate had loved to design and build things like radio-controlled gliders. Nate now had a PhD in electrical engineering and was working as a postdoc researcher at University of ...

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