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50 Brillant Quotes on Hiring


1. “You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world … but it requires people to make the dream a reality.” Walt Disney


2. “Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see.” Arthur Schopenhauer


3. “Development can help great people be even better–but if I had a dollar to spend, I’d spend 70 cents getting the right person in the door.” Paul Russell


4. “Hire an attitude, not just experience and qualification.” Greg Savage


5. “Some people can do one thing magnificently, like Michelangelo, and others make things like semiconductors or build 747 airplanes — that type of work requires legions of people. In order to do things well, that can’t be done by one person, you must find extraordinary people.” Steve Jobs


6. “You need to have a collaborative hiring process.” Steve Jobs


7. “If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings and put compensation as a carrier behind it, you almost don’t have to manage them.”  Jack Welch


8. “A company should limit its growth based on its ability to attract enough of the right people.” Jim Collins


Great vision without great people is irrelevant.


10. “Get the right people on the bus and the wrong people off the bus” Jim Collins


11. “Often the best solution to a management problem is the right person.” Edwin Booz


12. “A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


13. “Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he’s hired to do.” Malcolm Forbes


14. “I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day, you bet on people, not on strategies.” Lawrence Bossidy


15. “The key for us, number one, has always been hiring very smart people.” Bill Gates


16. “If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants.” David Ogilvy


17. “When I hire somebody really senior, competence is the ante. They have to be really smart. But the real issue for me is, Are they going to fall in love with Apple? Because if they fall in love with Apple, everything else will take care of itself. They’ll want to do what’s best for Apple, not what’s best for them, what’s best for Steve, or anybody else.” Steve Jobs


18. “Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it’s true. If you hire somebody without [integrity], you really want them to be dumb and lazy.” Warren Buffet


19. “People are not your most important asset. The right people are.” Jim Collins


20. “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.” Red Adair


21. “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” Oprah Winfrey


22. “When you’re in a start-up, the first ten people will determine whether the company succeeds or not. Each is 10 percent of the company. So why wouldn’t you take as much time as necessary to find all the A players? If three were not so great, why would you want a company where 30 percent of your people are not so great? A small company depends on great people much more than a big company does.” Steve Jobs


23. ”Hire character. Train skill.” Peter Schutz


24. “Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for the love of it.” Henry David Thoreau


25. “When you hire people that are smarter than you are, you prove that you are smarter than they are.” R.H. Grant


26. “Don’t hire anyone you wouldn’t want to run into in the hallway at three in the morning.” Tina Fey

You hire the best people you can possibly find. Then it's up to you to create an environment where great people decide to stay and invest their time.



28. We can never fall short when it comes to recruiting, hiring, maintaining and growing our workforce. It is the employees who make our organization’s success a reality.” Vern Dosch


29. “Hiring the wrong people is the fastest way to undermine a sustainable business.” Kevin J. Donaldson


30. “Supercomputer pioneer Seymour Cray used to deliberately hire for inexperience because it brought him people who “do not usually know what’s supposed to be impossible.” Eric Schmidt


31. “We are hiring a talent not the people who have great qualification…” Axay D. Bhisikar


32. “If someone is trying to sell you with only past credentials and older accolades without including present examples and up-to-date proof, you might be dealing with someone that is sharing expired information and does not have the up-to-date knowledge to help you.” Loren Weisman


33. “If I were running a company today, I would have one priority above all others: to acquire as many of the best people as I could [because] the single biggest constraint on the success of my organization is the ability to get and to hang on to enough of the right people.” Jim Collins


34. “A good manager is a man who isn’t worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him.” H. S. M Burns


35. “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” Theodore Roosevelt


36. “The moment you feel the need to tightly manage someone, you’ve made a hiring mistake. The best people don’t need to be managed. Guided, taught, led–yes. But not tightly managed.” Jim Collins


37. ”One cannot hire a hand; the whole man always comes with it.” Peter Drucker


38. “You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb it.” Andrew Carnegie


39. “You can have the best strategy and the best building in the world, but if you don’t have the hearts and minds of the people who work with you, none of it comes to life.” Renee West


40. “When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” Simon Sinek


41. “Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?” Thomas John Watson Sr.


42. ”Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.” Stephen R. Covey


43. “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” Steve Jobs


44. “Management is nothing more than motivating other people.” Lee Iacocca


45. “If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings and put compensation as a carrier behind it, you almost don’t have to manage them.” Jack Welch


46. “The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.” Warren Bennis


47. “The moment you feel the need to tightly manage someone, you’ve made a hiring mistake. The best people don’t need to be managed. Guided, taught, led–yes. But not tightly managed.” Jim Collins


48. “If you hire only those people you understand, the company will never get people better than you are. Always remember that you often find outstanding people among those you don’t particularly like.” Soichiro Honda


49. “I hire people brighter than me and I get out of their way.” Lee Iacocca


50. “I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages.” Robert Bosch


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