The (Somewhat Mental) Recipe for Recruiting an Amazing Team – Part 1

The Wholi team in Kenya
The Wholi team in Kenya

I believe there are two rules to building a successful business:
  i) Hire amazing people
  ii) See i)

Well, there might be a tiny touch more to it than that, but I can’t emphasise enough how much it improves one’s chances. By many multiples. More, I think, than any other thing you can do with your business. A successful business is as much about who you do it with, as about what you do. Think about the extraordinary teams that formed Google, Apple, Tesla and so on.

Which is why it is so peculiar that entrepreneurs and managers tend to spend so little time and resource figuring out who they need to succeed.

In this article, I will share my recipe for recruiting an amazing team (a ‘dream team’), from scratch – building on my experience running an executive search business in two countries, as well as here at Wholi, where I believe we’ve recruited a pretty awesome team from Google, Facebook, Twitter, Adobe and beyond.

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A Wholi lot of What Next…

I’m tempted to put a megaphone to our lips and holler about one of the quiver of exciting things that have happened to us recently. That’s what we’re meant to do on a company blog, right?

“We’re awesome because of X or Y”. “This is why you should listen to us.” “The mysteries of cold fusion are history due to the inspirational discoveries we’ve made through breathtaking innovation and slavish work…” etc.

I’m not so sure. I rarely learn from people for whom their blog is the icing on the cake. I want to know what people felt and did when making their first pudding. The one that exploded, or when someone accidentally set the oven to C rather than F. That’s where businesses and entrepreneurs truly are forged – and where blogs are most interesting, rather than just decoration.

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