Employing People Smarter Than Us ?

"Should we employ people smarter than us ?" 

A lot of the "Mission" and "Vision" of the company depends on the stakeholders, the CEO, Managing Director, President, etc. How they chose the team is critical to the working of the company. From the companies business objectives to its business processes, policies, work ethics, culture, and talent management, it all depends on the managers and whom they chose to get the job done. 

Bringing in friends and family members who could be selected because of their relationship with the decision-makers rather than their ability to perform can be detrimental to the business and the rest of the team. 

Hiring Managers and decision-makers realize that and some are careful about whom they hire. Not only does experience, education, and skills count but also personality, logical and analytical reasoning, the ability to get out of sticky situations, and handle work pressure based on targets and time.


I remember reading about a highly influential businessman in the 19th century who build an empire in a book by Dale Cargenie - "How to Win Friends and Influence People". This person had the following words carved on his gravestone.

"Here lies a simple man who had the talent of hiring people smarter than him".

Hiring smart people can 

  • Helps you learn and understand their way of thinking, working, and reacting to situations.

  • Helps you compete with those better than you and in doing so helps you excel and upgrade.

  • Drives the company to achieve better results through smart work.

  • Motivates employees to recognize unbiased personal to employees.

  • Results are rewarded, not relations.

Why smart people may not be hired?

  • The hiring managers or team members feel threatened about their jobs.

  • You can lose career and growth opportunities to hard and smart working team members.

  • Downgrade or loss of your own position when a junior member can perform as well as you (if not better) at a lower salary.​

However given the competition to do better in every discipline every day, the only answer I can come up with is  "Yes". You must hire smart people who work hard too because the biggest feather in your cap is you found them. You will prevent limiting the organization to the level of your own ability—and grow the capabilities of your company.  You become more likely to listen to their thoughts and ideas, and this is the best way to expand on our own knowledge and build the strength of the company.

If I can only set aside my 'ego' and 'fear' of being surrounded by smarter people in a room, then I can always learn and grow and get better at my work or... I just need to find a different room.”

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