Hiring Talent

“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, Director, Leadership and Development, Google

“Leaders don’t flock.  You have to find them one at a time.”  — Ross Perot

“There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.” — Robert Half

“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

“When assessing candidates, the first think I looked for was energy and enthusiasm for execution. Does she talk about the thrill of getting things done, the obstacles overcome, the role her people played—or does she keep wandering back to strategy or philosophy.” — Larry Bossidy