The Incest Problem

5 years ago by in Featured Articles, Leadership

How many times do businesses and organizations fail because they refuse to look for bright minds and sharp talent from the outside?

It’s a question I’ve been asking myself lately.

What prompted it was a sports story I was reading about a former Major League Baseball general manager who accepted a new (lesser) role with another team in the same division as his old team. Now, I am all in favor of hiring experienced folks who know your business, know your competitors and have some sort of track record doing what you’re asking them to do.

But in today’s rapidly evolving business environment, are brands missing out on talent that can take them to a whole other level? By insulting themselves with “industry” vets are they missing out on injected new thoughts, new strategies and new leadership styles?

I think the answer to that is yes.

Now more than ever industries that must reinvent themselves to grow in the future have to look for the best talent and stop the incestuous circle of recycling only people who have previous experience in your industry. It boggles my mind to see well-known brands hire people from competing brands that are behind the times and aren’t seeing good results.

Give exceptional talent a chance – no matter where it comes from. It might just transform your organization and launch you into a leadership role you’ve never attained.

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