Category Archives: How to hire

New Rule: Act Quickly on Job Referrals

When you’ve been around the tech world as long as I have, you know a lot of people. I am often asked to use those connections to help CEOs fill a particular position. I am happy to help with job referrals, and I try to refer only A players.

|29 Aug 2017

Top 10 Most Popular CEO Posts of 2014

Here are my top 10 most viewed posts of 2014 concerning all things CEO – from hiring to managing the board to failing by having a best buddy and more.

|18 Dec 2014

Where There’s No Margin for Toxic Leadership

Good reminder from Robert Sher that CEOs need to do what is best for the organization and not let weak executives continue to serve.

|27 May 2014

Are You Guilty of “Been There Done That” Hiring?

I understand the appeal of looking for job candidates who have done the job before, but a “been there done that” approach to hiring often leads to less than optimal results.

|13 May 2014

Bad hire? Blame the CEO

How much does a bad hire cost companies? It’s more than just money according to this infographic by Mindflash. Hiring the wrong person also causes lost time, productivity, and morale.

|10 Apr 2014

CEO Class Starts April 4

Starting April 4, I am teaching my CEO class again in conjunction with the Rice Alliance Austin Chapter and the Austin Technology Council.

|11 Mar 2014

How Does a Small Company Culture Lay Off Employees? With a Job Fair

Guest post by Veena Vadgama, Vice President of Marketing for Network Instruments
Making a decision to reduce headcount or shut down operations is a scenario no CEO ever wants to face.

|14 Jan 2014

Top 10 posts of 2013

In case you missed them, here are my most-viewed blog posts of 2013:

Support oddballs in your company culture
Texas vs.

|03 Jan 2014

The million dollar hire

I was recently reminded of how important a single personnel decision can be. I traveled to San Francisco to make a presentation on behalf of a non-profit organization I’ve worked with for a couple of years.

|14 Nov 2013

How CEOs Hire: Jeff Bezos on having an “explorer mentality”

Some companies, if you wanted to put it into a single word, they have a conqueror mentality, and we have an explorer mentality.

|08 Aug 2013



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