Why You Shouldn't Hire Your Clone

The proverbial they always say opposites attract, but that isn't always the case with hiring. Common sense would dictate managers want to hire people who they feel a working chemistry with, or, in other words: people who are similar to them in some way, shape or form.

Rieva Lesonsky's post on smallbizdaily.com makes a strong case for hiring outside your comfort zone. Her penultimate paragraph hammers it all home pretty well: 

If you’re an energetic idea generator but not good with details, hiring others who share that personality will doom your business to failure. You need to bring on a few sticklers who thrive on project management to make sure your big dreams actually come true. Conversely, if you tend to get bogged down in details, you might need a partner with “big-picture” thinking who can keep your eyes on the prize. An optimist needs a pessimist to temper the rose-colored glasses with reality. And a shy person needs someone more outgoing to handle the “people” part of running a business.

 Basically, when hiring, you should perhaps strive to take a few steps outside of yourself, and hire someone like that instead of the person right under your own nose -- you.

Read Lesonsky's full post at SmallBizDaily.com

David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a columnist for EGM. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. When not playing video games for work he's thinking of dashing out to Chicago Diner, Pizano's, or Yummy Yummy. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.

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