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Hire smart … or manage hard

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in Hiring,Human Resources

After he’d started a fast-growing publishing company in the late 1980s, Kirk Cheyfitz griped to his board chairman one day about a manager who wasn’t exactly a self-starter.

Without missing a beat, the chairman urged Cheyfitz to fire the guy right away.

“You can either manage hard or hire smart,” the board chairman explained.

Lots of people talk about the importance of hiring well, but no one ever has explained more succinctly what happens if you don’t.

— Adapted from Thinking Inside the Box: The 12 Timeless Rules for Managing a Successful Business, Kirk Cheyfitz, Free Press.

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