An excerpt from my Moleskine, part 2: The day I made my first hire decision as a manager.

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Was thumbing through my trusty Moleskine today and stumbled across this entry from 3.5.2009… the day I made my first hire decision in my career as a manager.

"It's always possible that hiring the candidate with the best experience, but not the most potential, is your best bet. But it's also possible you would have let the next CEO walk out the door."

I remember facing multiple questions about why I was hiring a candidate with a background entirely unrelated to the role. At times even I wondered if I was making a rookie mistake and didn't know enough yet as a manager to trust my intuition. But then I remember thinking "When you have a chance to talk with this young candidate for just five minutes, you will see what I see and understand why I had no choice but to hire him."

Today, I say with the utmost respect to those who have had the opportunity to work with @marcelosomers, told ya so! 🙂

Rock on, young superstar. Rock on.

-SKE

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