People’s math on hiring is all wrong.

A weak hire who gets nothing done should be fired. Let’s discount them.

A strong individual contributor who never goes into management or becomes a leader can be kept. Let’s call this person a 1X.

A strong individual contributor who takes initiative and perseveres through difficult challenges and ends up being a leader or manager who can leverage their ability through a team is your best case scenario. Let’s call this person 10x.

All leadership research says that your story is a better predictor of strong leadership. You’re a potential 10x hire because your history has grit.

The Stanford/Google-intern candidate is only going to beat you out if the promotion process is as biased as the hiring process (which, duh, it probably is).

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