I needed a little hiatus from my blog, but lately too many people have been asking when the heck I am going to get back to it. Point taken – time to reorganize my priority list.
Since I usually recruit talent for my teams, I often hear from acquaintances how they know someone “just so perfect, so well-rounded, so capable, so lacking of faults” that would be perfect for our startup world. These fantasy referrals often come from 1.) those who either worked for many big companies and are now “expats” from that world or 2.) from startuper/SMBers in denial about what it takes to survive in our world. So, let me share with you the core things I have learned during 14 years in startups – these well-rounded individuals with no faults, even if they existed, would not last a month in our companies. Why?
I will go so far to say that if one is just too normal, too perfect, too sane, too well-rounded, too much of an “A-player” in our world, that person is likely absolutely incompetent yet highly skilled in the game of company politics and the art of corporate brown-nosing. I am often wrong, like anyone, but I am yet to see an exception.