The hard truth by 'Z': In my image

Hiring clones doesn’t work

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In my early years as a manager, I was always trying to mold my staff into spitting images of me. At first, I loved surrounding myself with like-minded guys (yes, guys!). They were people I could identify with, and that made me more receptive to them.

But I started to notice something wrong. They analyzed the business just like I did. They shared my biases—my likes and dislikes. They even began to talk like me, appropriating some of my favorite expressions. It was fun for a while, and then it got tiresome.

That’s when I knew it doesn’t pay to hire clones. I wasn’t getting the kind of diversity of opinion that I needed. When we sat down to think strategically and hash out a budget or marketing plan, we were reaching consensus way too fast. There was no clash, no debate just an instant meeting of the minds.

Stepping back

Nowadays, of course, a diverse workplace is a legal and practical necessity. But beyond the whole issue of d...(register to read more)

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