Every great entrepreneur is looking to fill out his or her team with the right players. When you pick the right people, they can help carry you farther than you imagine, but the wrong people can drag you down–making it one of your most important decisions.
Entrepreneur and venture capitalist John Greathouse wrote a post for Forbes recently about the right kind of people to hire at any start-up, breaking candidates down into four categories, based on workers’ productivity and required managerial oversight. The best, of course, are those who perform at a high level with little oversight needed–what he calls the “Self-Effacing Superstars.” He also likes to fill his team with “Unproven Recruits,” people with talent but lacking experience. “Temperamental Superstars” are a high-risk, high-reward proposition; they can be very productive, but they require constant supervision and can set a poor example for other team members. And at all costs, stay away from “Prima Donna Benchwarmers,” who need constant management just to get mediocre results.
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