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In boxing, you sometimes hear the phrase “punching above his weight”. We typically hear this phrase when a fighter hits harder than most people in his normal weight class. Figuratively, we use the phrase to describe a situation when an individual performs at a higher level than what should be expected based on their experiences or attributes. When we use the phrase hire above your weight class, we mean a hiring manager should strive to hire people that are smarter, faster and better in some meaningful way, than themselves.
Often, we see managers hesitant to hire people smarter than themselves. We assume the manager may be worried about earning respect or staying ahead of a subordinate. In our experience, the advice “hire people smarter than you” given by Robert Kiyosaki in his best-selling book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, should be the rule in hiring. If you are not hiring someone smarter than you or stronger than you, in same substantial manner, then you have to really challenge yourself as to why you are making the “hire” in the first place. Understanding your weaknesses and hiring people that are strong where you are weak is a marvelous way of freeing you up to focus on your strengths. Remember that work/life balance goal we seem to talk about but never quite achieve? You will never get a work/life balance and you will never realize your full potential if you hire “down”. Only the strongest hire the stronger. Hire “up” and fill up the journey ahead with a ton of fun and success.